Violin and Viola Music- Hidden Gems
While there are thousands of wonderful pieces of music in the world, we tend to focus too much on certain well known pieces. Even well known composers have rarely listened to gems. Today, with the use of the internet, it is so easy to find and share these gems. I thought it may be interesting to see what we can come up with.
Maybe not all that hidden, but still a gem-https://youtu.be/ZyTGWdQJNqU
Ran across this super performance of Frank Bridge's Lament for two violas last week, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=moHLkWW_-TM. Bridge composed it for himself and Lionel Tertis to play in 1912, and it was apparently lost until the 1970s.
Mozart actually wrote a total of 9 violin concertos. Only 5 are still commonly played today.
The other Mozart concertos are not by Mozart. One of them is by Henri Casadeus.
I find a lot of hidden gems in the student concertos. An example is the Oscar Reiding in Bm. Not flashy enough for fame or a professional programme, but quaint and still lovely to hear.
Steibelt Violin Sonata has always been wonderful for me.
For me a recent interesting find has been a violin Sonata by Andreas Romberg, a contemporary of Beethoven. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OZDqBkn52eM
Not sure it qualifies as hidden, but Rebecca Clarke's "Morpheus" is certainly a gem: https://youtu.be/1_vZKrEOLYE
The Zelter viola concerto is fun to play, fun to hear, and not difficult: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i0n4mdzoDvc .
Jacob, how DARE you suggest that Henri Casadesus forged the Adelaide Concerto! And it wasn't the Australian composer Malcolm Williamson either. It was Henri's brother Marius what forged it.
Casadesu's Adelaide concerto was first recorded by young Menuhin. He did it twice, and are still my favourite version. Others play the work, and in particular the finale, too fast for my taste. And somebody transcribed it for trumpet&orchestra. I hate that!!
Michael, I don't think my reading is entirely inconsistent with context. I've seen worse logic than that on the internet.
Just heard a movement of Schumann's Fairy Tales for violin, viola, and piano, played by Stephen Tennenbom, Ida Kafavian and Pamela Pyle here in Albuquerque. Gorgeous piece! It inspired me to order the sheet music.
Leclair's D Major Violin Sonata is a fantastic piece and as common as many other sonatas:
Alfred Hill viola concerto in a minor
Not a gem but souvenir de Florence.
Hi, a good one that is rarely played and is a good teaching tool as well is the Saint Saens Romance in B flat op. 27. Not the much better known C Major opus 48. One recording of it on youtube. out of print I think but can be found at IMSLP. Goes through 7th position if I recall correctly and several keys. beautiful and mildly challenging for an advancing student. Also Lily Boulanger Nocturne and Cortege is wonderful! Several very fine performances on youtube. Students would need to be advanced and a little more mature musically to handle that one though.
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