Lionel Tertis

from My Viola and I: a complete autobiography / Lionel Tertis, page 20:

I remember in the ‘prehistoric’ days of gramophone recording hearing on a cylindrical Edison record a lovely melody that Kreisler had played into it. It was not published and I recollect taking it down bit by bit, a laborious process which involved many hours of really concentrated listening. Eventually I produced this melody as an ‘Air on the G string’ which I have to this day in manuscript. Ultimately Kreisler’s playing of it into this Edison contraption was published and turned out to be entitled Sarabande by Sulzer. My version was in a different key with variations in the piano …   more >>
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Lionel Tertis, My Viola and I: a complete autobiography / Lionel Tertis (Great Britain, 1974), p. 20. accessed: 19 June, 2024


Lionel Tertis

Listening to

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Air on the G string performed by Fritz Kreisler

Experience Information

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Listening Environment in private, indoors, solitary


Lionel Tertis listening to a gramophone recording on a cylindrical Edison, while recollecting a melody that Fritz Kreisler ha played into it.

Originally submitted by tlisboa on Thu, 19 Feb 2015 10:35:18 +0000
Approved on Tue, 12 Jan 2016 14:27:16 +0000