Brahms Double Concerto

August 1, 2018, 12:56 PM · Is the Brahms double concerto unique in its pairing of violin and cello in the concerto form?

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Edited: August 1, 2018, 1:25 PM · Perhaps if you don't count the dozens of such things written by Vivaldi (RV 544, RV 546, RV 547) among other baroque composers. Maybe not dozens, but there's definitely some.

Actually one wonders why folks like Viotti did not indulge in the composition of such things. Maybe he just wanted to spend all his musical ideas on yet another VC.

August 1, 2018, 2:03 PM · Percy Sherwood! No, me neither and I wasn't too impressed when I heard it.
Edited: August 3, 2018, 11:05 AM · Mozart apparently didn't write a double concerto for violin and cello, but he did compose a triple concerto in A, K.V. Anh 104, for violin, viola and cello. If it's Mozart then it's worth playing.

I've searched further in IMSLP. If you delve through these menu levels (and come out the other end!) - Instrumentation/Genres/Orchestral/For orchestra with Soloists/Violin and Cello with Orchestra - you should find 26 results, 10 of which are specifically concerti for Vln and Vlc (the Brahms is there), the remainder being non-concerto compositions such as Duos, Nocturnes, Sinfonie Concertante, and the like.

August 2, 2018, 11:14 AM · I've got one of the Vivaldi "concertos for violin, cello, and piano." The piano part is rubbish. I think it's some drunkard's orchestral reduction.
August 2, 2018, 11:35 AM · Miklos Rosza wrote a concerto for violin and cello (titled the Sinfonia Concertante). I like it.
August 7, 2018, 1:37 PM · I did see a page of a Mozart Triple in a Vienna library and was told that was all that that existed of it. More recently I read that there is more, 134 bars in total.
August 7, 2018, 1:53 PM · Not exactly the OP's parameters, but Haydn's symphony Concertante is a wonderful, underplayed piece with solo violin and cello, joined by solo flute and oboe.
Edited: August 8, 2018, 3:21 PM · Haydn's Symphony Concertante (in B-flat) is listed in the catalog as his symphony nr. 105.

Ignaz Pleyel, a close contemporary of Haydn, composed a number of concertos (sinfonia concertante) for multiple soloists. For example there is a triple concerto (E-flat, B.111) for violin, viola and cello. There are other combinations including what must have been a tour de force at the time for oboe, flute, bassoon, 2 violins, viola, cello and bass, all as soloists! But not the violin and cello double we're looking for. The info above is from IMSLP.

Edited: August 8, 2018, 2:37 PM · Spoiler alert!

August 8, 2018, 3:19 PM · Thanks Jack! That's this thread closed!

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