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News - Summer Listening: Violin Concertos

The Merry Fiddler, Gerard van Honthorst, 1623
Rijksmuseum
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
2(2pic).2.2.2/4320/timp.2perc/hp/str
Listen to the piano reduction on Spotify | View the score
 
Britta Byström
Games for Souls (2015), 25 minutes
string orchestra
Listen on Spotify | View the score
 
John Corigliano
The Red Violin (2003), 35 minutes
3(2pic,afl).2.2(bcl).2(cbn)/4.2([pictpt]).3.1/timp.4perc/pf(cel).hp/str
Listen on Spotify | View the score
 
Donnacha Dennehy
Elastic Harmonic (2005), 15 minutes
2.4.3.1/4.3.2.1/3perc/hp.pf/str
Listen on Spotify | View the score
 
Avner Dorman
Still (2018), 20 minutes
2(pic).2.2(bcl).2/2.2.0.0/timp.perc/hp/str
View the score
 
Helen Grime
Violin Concerto (2016), 22 minutes
2(pic).2.2(ebcl).2(cbn)/2.2.2+btbn.1/2perc/hp.cel/str
Listen on YouTube | View the score
 
Sofia Gubaidulina (90 in 2021)
In tempus praesens (2007), 33 minutes
4(pic).3.4(bcl).4(cbn)/3+3Wtba.3.4(btbn).1/6perc(timp)/2hp.cel.amp hpd.pf/str
Listen on Spotify
 
Offertorium (1980), 40 minutes
2+pic.232/3331/5perc/2hp.pf(cel)/str(16.14.12.10.8)
Listen on Spotify
 
John Harbison
Concerto for Violin (1980, rev. 1987), 28 minutes
2.2.2.2/2.2.2.1/timp.vib/hp.pf/str
View the score
 
Dmitri Kabalevsky
Concerto for Violin in C Major, Op. 48 (1948), 16 minutes
1.1.2.1/2.1.1.0/timp.perc/str
Listen on Spotify
 
Aaron Jay Kernis
Concerto for Violin (2017), 32 minutes
3(pic).3(ca).3(bcl).3(cbn)/4.3.2+btbn.1/timp.3perc/pf(cel).hp/str
Listen on Spotify | View the score
 
Lament and Prayer (1995), 25 minutes
offstage oboe, 4[=6]perc, 1[=2]hp, str(12.12.8.8.6 players minimum)
Listen on Spotify | View the score
 
Gian Carlo Menotti
Concerto for Violin (1952), 24 minutes
2(pic).2.2.2/2200/timp.perc/hp/str
Listen on Spotify | View the score
 
André Previn
Violin Concerto ("Anne-Sophie") (2001), 38 minutes
3(pic).2+ca.2+bcl.2+cbn/4.3.3.0/timp.2perc/cel.hp/str
Listen on Spotify | View the score
 
Florence Price
Violin Concerto No. 2 (1952), 14 minutes
2.1+ca.2.2/4.2.3.1/timp.3perc/hp.pf/str
Listen on Spotify | View the score
 
Bright Sheng
Let Fly (2013), 30 minutes
2(pic).2(ca).2(bcl).2(cbn)/4.2.1+btbn.0/timp.3perc/hp/str
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
2+pic.2.2.2/4.3.2+btbn.1/timp.4perc/hp/str
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 (16.14.12.10.8) some db with low C
Listen on Spotify | View the score
 
Joan Tower
Concerto for Violin (1991), 21 minutes
2.2.2.2/2.2.1.0/timp.2perc/str
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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