Repertoire composed after 1939

October 23, 2006 at 06:00 PM · Dear all, I am working for some auditions, and in many programs they ask to perform one piece written after 1939. What repertoire do we have for solo violin or violin and piano composed since then? I have found Berio's Sequence and Schnittke's A Paganini, but I am wondering if you could have more ideas! (Obviously I am not considering concerti...)

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October 23, 2006 at 08:59 PM · Copland Sonata-1943

Persichetti-solo sonata 1956

October 23, 2006 at 09:07 PM · Fratres by Arvo Pärt.

Originally for violin, string orchestra and percussion (1992)

October 23, 2006 at 09:05 PM · Stravinsky: Elegy (Elegie) done as solo violin or solo viola, 1944

October 23, 2006 at 09:07 PM · There is a wonderful short virtuoso piece by Rodion Schedrin "In the Style of Albeniz".

Originally written for piano, later transcribed for violin & piano by Tzyganov.

Great little piece that Gidon Kremer made famous.

I love playing it, and the audience always loves it.

October 23, 2006 at 09:04 PM · What about the Shostakovich Sonata Op. 134?

October 24, 2006 at 03:45 AM · If you go to and do the advanced search (you need to futz around a bit), putting the dates between 1939 and 2006 you should come up with at least 373 pieces for violin and piano written after 1939.

October 24, 2006 at 03:29 AM · In Walter Kolneder's "The Amadeus Book of the Violin", ISBN 1574670387, there is a list of solo sonatas on p.480-2, and a bigger list of violin/piano works on p.490-3. I have the Preludio and Presto, op.52, and the Praeludium und Thema mit Variationen, op.48, both for solo violin, by Carl Nielsen. Nice little ditties...

October 24, 2006 at 03:43 AM · I think everything Piazzolla wrote came after 1939.

October 24, 2006 at 03:51 AM · Greetings,


Violin & Piano

Czech Rhapsody (1945)

Five Madrigal Stanzas (1943)

Sonata No. 3 (1944)

Aaron Copeland Sonata - 1943

John CoriglianoSonata 1963


violin sonata #2, M. 112, 1939

violin sonata #3, M. 227, 1965


violin sonata op. 70 in F (1946-7)

Walter Piston

sonatina for violin and harpsichord (1945)

William Walton

violin sonata (1949/rev 1950)


violin sonata op. 134 (1975)



October 24, 2006 at 04:25 AM · John Harbison Four Songs of Solitude (1985) for solo violin

October 24, 2006 at 07:00 AM · Stephen Hartke, Caoine, for solo violin

October 24, 2006 at 09:27 AM · thank you for all your suggestions, guys! I will have a look at as many of them as possible and make up my mind... I am also looking into Sculthorpe's Irkanda I and Ada Gentile's Sonata for solo violin (2005). It's never easy to choose a contemporary piece!!

October 24, 2006 at 10:18 AM · Gerald Finzi, Elegy for Violin and Piano - 1940

October 24, 2006 at 10:52 PM · It's not originally for violin and piano, but there is a reduction around. Philip Glass' Violin concerto is remarkably beautiful.

October 25, 2006 at 01:28 AM · George Crumb's Four Nocturnes (Night Music II). There is a recording by Anne Sophie Mutter on Deutsch Grammophon.

October 25, 2006 at 01:45 AM · OK, I have to ask:

Why 1939?

Is that generally accepted as the end of the true classical period? Did some famous composer die that year?

October 25, 2006 at 01:58 AM · it could have been last week, but Emanuele de Biase Corneli wanted to state 1939...................

any suggestions????? :)

October 25, 2006 at 02:08 AM · Greetings,

sometimes the beginning of end of the second world war is used to make a distinction between music classified as @modern` and post war which is then called `contemporary.` Sinc eboth lables have almost the same meaning it seems to me uselss and arbitrary but some people enjoy breaking the world down into conveniently maeagable chunks.

I wonder if the rational is that the day after peace wa sderclared composers sort of went `Phew. Glad that`s over,` and started writing more jolly music.

Or maybe it`s just someon`s birthday...



October 25, 2006 at 02:21 AM · For something recent try Lera Auerbach's Violin Sonata No. 2, Op. 63, "September 11," or her Ballet for a Lonely Violinist (for solo violin). She has lots of other violin music as well, but I have only heard (and have been very impressed by) these two pieces.

October 25, 2006 at 02:26 AM · Prokofiev's Solo violin sonata was written in 1947 I think, also, Lutoslawski's Partita for violin and piano (which is an AWESOME piece) was written in 1984. Look into Dutilleux, Crumb, Cage, Lutoslawski, and Penderecki.

October 25, 2006 at 04:43 PM · Does the Walton concerto make it or not?

(edit 10/25: oops, didn't read the "violin solo/violin & piano" part of the original post because I am a dumbass)

October 25, 2006 at 09:19 AM · OK, guys. 1939 is simply the year they have decided at Juilliard. Obviously it has been decided for the purpose of examinations only, I suppose, and I think anybody would agree that what they mean is that the piece must be in a certain style rather than from a certain period. Take Kreisler's Recitativo and Scherzo, for example. I think that despite its being ok as to dates, it would be ill suited as to style, if the examiners ask for a piece written after 1939. Am I rambling?

Further, while I was thinking about XX century repertoire, it dawned on me how useful it would be to make a directory online with all the compositions for violin written during the last century, to which each one of us could give his/her own contributions. Would it now be very useful?

October 25, 2006 at 10:02 AM · Incantations (1995) by Augusta Read Thomas is really amazing. She has several others as well.

October 25, 2006 at 05:02 PM · George Rochberg Caprice Variations for solo violin. These are different (50) variations on Paganini 24th Caprice in a myriad of styles, so good for an audition. You can pick and choose the variations you wish to make your own piece.

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