american violin music

June 25, 2005 at 04:38 PM · i'm looking for some american violin repertoire for a recital coming up. i'm looking for pieces for violin and piano (or other instrument) or solo violin, not concertos. some pieces i've been thinking of are:

morton gould: suite for violin and piano

virgil thomson: portraits for violin alone

thomson: portraits for violin and piano

cage: pieces for violin and piano

if anyone knows anything about these pieces or has played them, or if anyone has suggestions for other pieces, i would be thrilled to hear them. also, if anyone knows of a way to listen to a sample of, or the full piece for free, that would be wonderful. i'm in the middle of nowhere for the summer and don't have the money right now to buy lots of cds just to check out rep. thanks!


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June 25, 2005 at 05:48 PM · What about...

Bernstein Serenade

Gershwin Preludes

Kroll Banjo and Fiddle?

Sorry, I don't know where you can find full recordings... but I can say the Kroll is a simple piece. It can be learned really fast and it's relatively short. It's a springy piece haha I like it.

The Gershwin preludes are kind of jazzy. Those are nice.

I've never played the Bernstein Serenade, and I don't know what to say about it other than I think it's a nice piece. :D

June 25, 2005 at 07:15 PM · Don't forget the _Three American Pieces_ by Lukas Foss. Great stuff from his early years.

June 25, 2005 at 07:29 PM · Corigliano violin sonata.

June 25, 2005 at 09:00 PM · Haha, well it's not written by an American, but the Vieuxtemps Yankee Doodle variations sound pretty American if you don't mind playing asinine things...:D

June 25, 2005 at 09:30 PM · Gershwin Three Preludes (arr. Jascha Heifetz)

Copland Violin Sonata

Ives Sonata(s)

Ned Rorem Sonata

June 25, 2005 at 11:11 PM · How about Stephen Hartke's Caoine for solo violin! It's beautiful. I also recomend that recording highly.

June 26, 2005 at 07:38 PM · Walter Piston - Fantasia for violin & orch

June 26, 2005 at 07:43 PM · Harbison 4 Songs of Solitude

Rorem Night Music and Day Music

Cage Freeman Etudes

Reich Violin Phase

June 26, 2005 at 09:15 PM · John Adams - "Road Movies" for violin and piano

Samuel Barber - "Canzone" for violin and piano

June 28, 2005 at 10:56 PM · George Antheil Violin Sonatas!!!!

July 10, 2005 at 01:43 PM · Mark O'Connor writes a lot of that kind of stuff!

July 10, 2005 at 02:00 PM · Cage - Strung Out for Amplified Violin. Long (first performance apparently had the music on a wall in an art gallery - went around the corner)

July 10, 2005 at 02:59 PM · Just a thought....

How about waking up your recital with a bit of "Turkey in the Straw" or "Arkansas Traveler" or... maybe a medley of American fiddle tunes. I'll bet that your audience would love it if you start with about 8 measures of a slow tune... and then kick into American fiddle tunes!

Have fun with your music! :)


July 11, 2005 at 01:53 PM · someone sent me a scan fo rabin's markings of the kroll banjo and fiddle (stored in the univeristy of michigan's library)

if anyone wants a copy click on my name and send me a message

July 11, 2005 at 02:38 PM · Miska Hauser American Rhapsody

H. Vieuxtemps Danse Negroe Creole

H. Vieuxtemps Theme and Variation on Yankee Doodle

Albert Spaulding Alabama

Robert Russell Bennett Hexapoda

George Gershwin Short Story

John Carperter Sonata for violin and piano

July 11, 2005 at 03:07 PM · Albert Spaulding also wrote a very good solo sonata for unaccompanied violin (difficult)

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