Gustav Holst - 18 March, 1934

from My Viola and I: a complete autobiography / Lionel Tertis, page 76:

Dear Tertis, I send you my warmest thanks for the great treat you gave me and thousands of others on Sunday night. Your playing was perfect. I’m sorry I can’t say the same about the piece itself. There is one bad bit of overscoring which makes me ask myself when am I going to learn the elements of my job. This shall be put right before the next performance. / If you have any critical suggestions I’d be glad to know them. (The bad bit is, of course, the ‘squiggles’ in four sharps.)

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Lionel Tertis, My Viola and I: a complete autobiography / Lionel Tertis (Great Britain, 1974), p. 76. accessed: 30 May, 2024


Gustav Holst
Composer, Teacher

Listening to

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Holst's Lyric Movement for viola and orchestra
written by Gustav Holst
performed by Adrian Boult, Lionel Tertis

Experience Information

Date/Time 18 March, 1934
Medium live
Listening Environment indoors, in public


Letter from the composer Gustav Holst after the first performance of his Lyric Movement, for viola and orchestra premiered by Tertis in 18 March 1934, with Adrian Boult conducting.

Originally submitted by verafonte on Tue, 24 Feb 2015 14:47:57 +0000
Approved on Thu, 12 Nov 2015 15:06:07 +0000