Liebesbilder for Viola and Piano, Op.5
Emil Kreuz (1865-1932) was born in the German town of Elberfeld. He egan playing violin at an early age and at age sixteen he won a scholarship to study at the Royal College of Music in London. His violin teacher was the well-known British soloist Henry Holmes and his composition teacher was Charles Villiers Stanford. Eventually he concentrated on perfoming on the viola and in England, where he settled for the rest of his life became known as a leading viola soloist as well as a member of some of Britain's finest string quartets. In later life, he pursued a career as an opera conductor. Additionally, he composed several chamber works, including a fair number for viola.
His Liebesbilder (perhaps best translated as Romantic Pictures, literally Love Pictures) consist of three highly romantic pieces, superbly written for the instrument. Dating from 1897, this wonderful work should be in every violist's recital repertoire.