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Perfection on a Tertis Viola-Edward Elgar Cello Concerto
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I had a special experience the other day that I would like to share.  Check out the YouTube video by Mari Adachi where she plays the Edward Elgar Cello Concerto in E Minor (Viola Version).  This transcription (for the most part) was created in the 1930s by Lionel Tertis.  She is playing a Tertis pattern viola and the projection of the instrument is quite evident.  

On a technical matter, look at the choice of chin rest which lends additional bow arm extension.  

I lack the technical resources and knowledge to link the video to this forum.  But it is worth the search.  Enjoy.

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... and enjoy, I did! Gorgeous! Admittedly I haven't paid a lot of attention to viola sound in the past but this one has so much more clarity and definition than the few OKish instruments played in my orchestra. Probably costs more by multiples of 100 too! (uhhhh, not to mention the violist's skill level 🙂

Interesting chinrest... 

On a technical matter, look at the choice of chin rest which lends additional bow arm extension.

So if I get you correctly, moving the violin to the left (or chin to the right) makes it easier to reach the bow tip?

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@bocaholly , exactly.  I am guessing you are wrong on the cost multiple for the instrument.  Likely closer to 20 than 100, but who knows.  

Research is what I’m doing when I don’t know what I’m doing.  —Werner von Braun

Without deviation from the norm, progress is not possible.         —Frank Zappa

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It would be a hoot (and perhaps historic) if she had a second Tertis pattern viola equipped with octave strings and had the concert master flip a coin to decide if the concerto was to be played sounding like a cello or as a viola.  

Research is what I’m doing when I don’t know what I’m doing.  —Werner von Braun

Without deviation from the norm, progress is not possible.         —Frank Zappa

Experience is a difficult teacher, it gives the test first and the lesson after.

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