The Scottish Viola: A Tribute to Watson Forbes | Nimbus - Alliance NI6180

The Scottish Viola: A Tribute to Watson Forbes


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Label: Nimbus - Alliance

Cat No: NI6180

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Release Date: 2nd April 2012



The Scottish violist Watson Douglas Buchanan Forbes (1909-1997) was one of the most eminent British musicians of the last century. His influence was widely felt through his activities as a soloist, chamber music player, teacher and coach. He was also the dedicatee of a substantial corpus of solo works written for him specifically or for the chamber music ensembles of which he was a member.

However, he is perhaps best known throughout the string playing world as an arranger of music. Much of this is for viola, but his arrangements are also for violin, cello and several wind instruments.

Like so many violists, as a young player I first encountered the name of Watson Forbes through his sets of arrangements. In 1989, at an eightieth birthday celebration for Forbes I finally had the pleasure of meeting the veteran violist. This meeting came about through my teacher John White, himself a pupil of Forbes. I am greatly indebted to John for his inestimable support and encouragement with this and countless other projects. I would like to dedicate this disc to him as a token of my gratitude for his friendship and guidance over many years. - Martin Outram

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