The new edition of this charming suite by the British composer Richard Walthew was originally published in 1900. The work was frequently performed by Lionel Tertis over his long career; his fingerings and bowings are of great interest to students and scholars, so these are included for reference in the viola cue stave in the piano score; the viola part itself is left ‘clean’ for performers to make their own decisions.
In 1943 Tertis premiered A Mosaic in Ten Pieces in the version for Viola and Orchestra in a concert broadcast by the BBC. The performance was reviewed in the Musical Times: “It is the work of a happy craftsman, genial, jesting (so few composers joke now). In a slow movement Walthew is at his serene best. Brahms would have enjoyed the Valsette, and Elgar beamed upon other parts. Tertis’s phrasing is the best lesson I can imagine for any young musician …”.