Publisher: G. Schirmer
Violin Concerto (“Anne-Sophie”) (2001),
Soloist(s) and Orchestra
The first movement is by far the most lush. The second movement starts with the cadenza, and it is the most barren. In November 1999, I called my manager from a train in Germany to wish him happy birthday, and he told me "from a train in Germany" would make a great title for a piece. It's now the third movement of the concerto, a set of variations on a German children's song I knew as a kid, "Wenn ich voglein war" ("If I were a bird, I would fly to you . . ."). Above the third movement I have put a quote from "Little Gidding" in T.S. Eliot's "Four Quartets":
"We shall not cease from exploration
And the end of all our exploring
Will be to arrive where we started
And know the place for the first time."
I like that – it's just about right.
Boston Symphony Orchestra
Anne-Sophie Mutter (Violin)