New violin transcriptions of the world masterpieces

July 8, 2020, 11:37 AM · I was always fascinated with transcriptions many great violinists made: Heifetz, Kreisler, Dushkin, Sarasate, Ysaye, Wieniawski, and many, many more. Is not there a violinist who would hear something beautiful or brilliant played on another instrument at some point and not wishing to play that music on the violin? This is how all the great violin arrangements were created. Hearing a masterpiece is very inspirational. For me, it is enough to fall in love with the composition for a new violin transcription to come to life. When I hear a singer performing something very beautiful, I immediately imagine how this would sound on the violin. The same happens when the orchestra plays something gorgeous, or pianist plays a beautiful or virtuosic piece. We are fortunate to have an extensive violin repertoire which includes numerous transcriptions and arrangements, among original masterworks. I have made over 100 transcriptions myself for violin and piano, violin and viola, two violins, etc. If the new transcription sounds no less impressive than the original work, I consider it successful. But I am often told that it sounds really different and more impressive on the violin. There is so much stunning music out there! Works by Ravel, Rachmaninov, Scriabin, Tchaikovsky, Glazunov, Prokofiev but also Scarlatti, Bach, Mozart, Brahms, Schubert, Schumann. Then, we know, there are arrangements of Paganini 24 caprices for violin and piano. But would you imagine to transcribe them as duos with piano where both parts are equally challenging, and the caprices sound really like showpieces featuring crazy virtuosity of both instruments? Talking about virtuosity, I have transcribed quite a few masterpieces which turned out to be breathtakingly virtuosic and sound really exciting on violin with piano accompaniment. I have on my page over 100 items which are violin arrangements, many of them are only for very advanced players. Please check the most recent releases. You can listen to any of the transcriptions here: https://www.sheetmusicplus.com/publishers/oleg-pokhanovski-sheet-music/3017043

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