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News - Summer Listening: Violin Concertos

The Merry Fiddler, Gerard van Honthorst, 1623
Tuesday, June 25, 2019

With the season coming to a close and summer underway, we offer the following selection of violin concertos to inspire future programming. These scores offer distinct opportunities to spotlight both concertmasters and internationally renowned soloists. From the fiery Violin Concerto by Helen Grime, which Leila Josefowicz champions next season, to the eponymous engagement present that André Previn composed for Anne-Sophie Mutter, which she will perform at Tanglewood July 6 in his memory, these pieces are sure to soar, sear, and stun today's music-loving audiences.

Please enjoy a Spotify playlist of available recordings of the violin concertos listed below.

George Antheil
Concerto for Violin and Orchestra (1946), 30 minutes
Listen to the piano reduction on Spotify | View the score
Britta Byström
Games for Souls (2015), 24 minutes
string orchestra
Listen on Spotify | View the score
John Corigliano
The Red Violin (2003), 35 minutes
Listen on Spotify | View the score
Donnacha Dennehy
Elastic Harmonic (2005), 15 minutes
Listen on Spotify | View the score
Avner Dorman
Still (2018), 20 minutes
View the score
Helen Grime
Violin Concerto (2016), 22 minutes
Listen on YouTube | View the score
Louis Gruenberg
Violin Concerto (1944), 37 minutes
Listen on Spotify | View the score
Sofia Gubaidulina (90 in 2021)
In tempus praesens (2007), 33 minutes
Listen on Spotify
Offertorium (1980), 40 minutes
Listen on Spotify
John Harbison
Concerto for Violin (1980, rev. 1987), 28 minutes
View the score
Dmitri Kabalevsky
Concerto for Violin in C Major, Op. 48 (1948), 16 minutes
Listen on Spotify
Aaron Jay Kernis
Concerto for Violin (2017), 32 minutes
Listen on Spotify | View the score
Lament and Prayer (1995), 25 minutes
offstage oboe, 4[=6]perc, 1[=2]hp, str( players minimum)
Listen on Spotify | View the score
Gian Carlo Menotti
Concerto for Violin (1952), 24 minutes
Listen on Spotify | View the score
André Previn
Violin Concerto ("Anne-Sophie") (2001), 38 minutes
Listen on Spotify | View the score
Florence Price
Violin Concerto No. 2 (1952), 14 minutes
Listen on Spotify | View the score
Bright Sheng
Let Fly (2013), 30 minutes
Listen on YouTube | View the score
Tan Dun
Fire Ritual (2018), 30 minutes
2222/4.2+pictpt.3.1/timp.4perc/str (woodwinds, piccolo trumpet in audience)
Listen on Spotify | View the score
Rhapsody and Fantasia (2018), 33 minutes
Listen on Spotify
Augusta Read Thomas
Juggler in Paradise (2008), 19 minutes
2(afl)+pic.2+ca.2+bcl.1+cbn/4.4.2+btbn.1/6perc/pf.cel.2hp/str ( some db with low C
Listen on Spotify | View the score
Joan Tower
Concerto for Violin (1991), 21 minutes
Listen on Spotify | View the score

For more information on the music and potential guest soloists, please contact Andrew Stein-Zeller.

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