Myaskovsky's violin concerto ... thoughts?

July 8, 2005 at 06:24 AM · Hi everyone.

I've been listening to the Myaskovsky violin concerto lately, and was surprised to find that it has been discussed very little, if at all, around here, and everywhere else on the internet.

So I was just wondering, what are your thoughts on the concerto? Favorite recordings? Any facts?

And most importantly, is there anywhere on Earth where the sheet music is available? I've tried Shar, SheetMusicPlus, general searches, and various publishers, and have come up with nothing.

Any ideas about sheet music availability, and the very difficulty of the piece would be appreciated. (I'm especially curious how difficult it is in relation to the Khachaturian concerto, since it too was composed for Oistrakh)

Anyways, thanks!

David =]

Replies (20)

July 8, 2005 at 07:49 AM · It is great that you are interested in rare works. I like that as a rare violinconcertocollector. If you type Myaskovsky in Google you will find the Emglish site:

There I found out that the composers died in 1950. If a composer is about 70 years dead you can buy his sheetmusic otherwise you had to hire it. In the Netherlands a lot of musicians hire at:

Albersen Muziek Zoek met Google

Groot Hertoginnelaan 182

2517EV 's-Gravenhage [kaart]

Tel: 070 3456000 [bel nu gratis]


But in your neighbourhood I think they know more about it in a specialized sheetmusicshop.

I know that a well known violinist Vadim Repin has recorded his violinconcerto and he will play that piece in the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam within a year. This is his website so you can mail him for more information. This is the mailadress of his manager: which I found on his site under “profile”.

I have a recording of Ilya Grubert of Naxos, but sometimes he has intonation problems. violinconcerto Nikolay Myaskovsky in D minor opus 44, Mieczyslaw Vainberg violinconcerto in G minor opus 67 door Ilya Grubert, Naxos 8.557194 But nevertheless also good that he had recorded it. I haven’t heard this cd for a long time, so a good reason to turn it soon.

July 8, 2005 at 11:19 AM · Get the David 0istrakh's version. You wouldn´t need any other.

July 8, 2005 at 04:25 PM · i think its an incredible concerto that should be more well known and played

i love repin and oistrakh recordings

repin really has a wonderful sound

July 8, 2005 at 10:10 PM · Scott, my friend: there are dozens of great works that very few know or recorded ,and almost nobody plays live,besides Miaskowsky. Like:

Taktakishvili first v.c.

Hubay all 4

Lipinski any of them



Suk Fantasy

Taneyev suite




Rakov first v.c

Joan Manen

Lalo the 2 concertos

Vieuxtems 2,3,6 and 7

Ysaye 8th

and many,many more

July 9, 2005 at 02:41 AM · Speaking of rare concertos, do any of you have information on the Gustav Mahler violin concerto?

July 9, 2005 at 08:40 AM · i have NEVER heard of that, in all the mahler biographies i have read!! now i'm intrigued! where did you hear about that, julie?

July 9, 2005 at 08:40 AM · i have NEVER heard of that, in all the mahler biographies i have read!! now i'm intrigued! where did you hear about that, julie?

July 9, 2005 at 10:19 AM · My friend said that he heard Maxim Vengerov's obscure recording of it. He has tried to find sheet music for it, but unsuccessfully.

I've never heard of it before my friend brought it up either. It is an enormous concerto--circa 45 minutes.

July 10, 2005 at 03:51 PM · Its a Deut.Gram.double 566612-2; Mahler v.c. first world premier and Franz Schmidt v.c. See google.

July 10, 2005 at 04:19 PM · David Rubin,

you will find info of a great recording of the Myaskovsky VC by Vadim Repin on his Fan website

July 10, 2005 at 07:22 PM · Yes it's on Google but the supposed link to the Mahler Violin Concerto doesn't work.

July 10, 2005 at 06:30 PM · Go there and mark #cached"

July 11, 2005 at 01:43 PM · i heard the mahler concerto is 45 hours long

my little joke for the day :D

July 11, 2005 at 02:49 PM · There's also the Lehar Violin Concerto reconstructed by Fritz Kreisler, ca. 1947 (no, not another Kreisler piece under an assumed name !!! though that wouldn't be half bad)

July 12, 2005 at 10:13 AM · wow how interesting, thanks for the links

July 12, 2005 at 01:38 PM · I have a copy of the Miaskovsky Concerto that i won't be needing so if you have something that you would like to trade me for it that would be great.

July 14, 2005 at 01:12 AM · Miaskovsky Violin Concerto in d Op.44:

Due to the GATT treaty the works of Nikolai Miaskovsky, (1881-1950) have been returned to copyright status in the U.S. and are not for sale.

In 2004 the Russian publisher Mezhdunarodnaya Kniga still had a listing of the Concerto in d, Op.44 edited Oistrakh for Violin and Piano, listed for sale. A good music dealer will know how to import this for you if that edition is still in print.

In the U.S. the orchestra score and parts can be rented only from G. Schirmer, Chester NY.

A customer may be able to have the rental dept produce a special order print of the violin solo part.

Concerto for Violin and Orchestra, Op. 44 (1938) 37'

Instrumentation: Violin solo; 3222/4300/timp.glock/cel/str

Rental material - Publisher GSR /Mezhdunarodnaya Kniga

G. Schirmer Rental and Performance Department

445 Bellvale Road

P.O. Box 572

Chester, NY 10918

Phone: 845 469-4699

Fax: 845 469-7544

July 19, 2009 at 06:35 AM ·

I found the Myaskovsky sheet music on, pretty expensive, but I love the concerto so much, so it's worth it! Check out Repins recording, it's amazing! 


July 19, 2009 at 01:07 PM ·

Buri told me the Mahler was a hoax.  I know, I was so disappointed.

July 21, 2009 at 04:46 AM ·

Try interlibrary loan. I have a photocopy of the Miaskovsky (still un-learned, unfortunately) which I obtained through some negotiations with the library at the University of Oklahoma.

P.S. Bram, "violin concerto collector" is three words, "sheet music" is two. ;-)

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