Bach and Tchaikovsky are responsible for my love of classical music from childhood, and Bach is still my first love. I love his Chacconne (what is there not to love), and recently stumbled across the Vitali Chaconne on a playlist of Heifetz I found on Spotify. Hadn't heard of this piece and thankfully no one will ever ask me to choose my favorite between the two as that choice might not be possible. Some day I would love to be able to play both/either Chacconne but that falls into the long-term goal department.
Are there similar pieces I should keep my eyes and ears out for?
If you like Tchaikovsky -- and baroque music -- then you should certainly enjoy his Variations on a Rococo Theme.
I loathe most of what Tchaikovsky wrote, but the slow movement of his violin concerto is gorgeous. Every summer when I am at our summer house where my mother's ashes are scattered, I play it for her spirit because it is so beautiful. That movement of the concerto is not all that difficult. Give it a try.
Paul and Tom I will check both pieces. I've got a lot of ground to regain since returning to the violin almost 5 months ago before I can hope to play anything but simplified versions, but I've no intention of remaining at this level.
Oh ... you are interested in pieces you might PLAY. I didn't catch that in your original post.
Actually Paul it's both - but the question was about listening. I do have some long-term goal pieces - and those pieces are at different levels (some are more in the realm of the possible than others). But listening was behind my question. I've been exploring different composers and periods, and I loved my discovery of Vitali's Chaccone. Couldn't think of a better forum to raise the question :-)
You might find some things in Biber's Rosary Sonatas of 1676 that please you. This Passacaglia perhaps.
Bach wrote a lot of violin music other than the Ciaccona. And still other music that might originally have been for violin. Try this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dk_nrnNvo1M
May I suggest the Andante from Lalo concerto?
well, the Chaconne is actually the final movement of a larger work, and there are five more partitas and sonatas by Bach.
I love all of Bach - that wasn't my aim - I've been a lover of Bach since my childhood as I originally wrote. It was my discovery of the Vitali Chaconne makes me want to find sonatas and concertos for the violin beyond my favorites or less known pieces of my favorites (Bach, Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninoff, Mendelssohn, Sibelius, Vivaldi). Not a lover of Walton but have found Ysaÿe interesting.
I will add that I found the Biber Passacagila is exquisite, thanks for the suggestion! I didn't think I liked Biber. Paul, thanks for your Variations suggestion as well!
Geminiani did a nice solo sonata.
Max Reger wrote a lot for violin solo, vaguely as an early 20th C take on what Bach did.
If you like Rachmaninoff and haven't yet checked out his vast output for the solo piano, you will find some tremendous things there.
Heifetz played his own version of Vitali’s Chavonne, I believe. There are two commonly played versions for violin and piano, and then there is the «original copy» which is different - violin snd continuo. That one is usually titled «Parte da Tommaso Vitalino», which is the title on the earliest known copy.
I like the romantic "Charlier" version better, but the "original" is still so harmonically adventurous for its time. I also doubt the plainer passages of the original were played without ornamentations or added notes. Though I would really put "Vitali-Charlier" on a recital program, as it definitely isn't just the Vitali chaconne with a few ornaments here or there.
Bach's Sonatas for violin and continuo are wonderful works.
The sonatas of Handel are great, and some of Veracini are nice too. The recording of the Handel sonatas by Hiro Kurosaki is nice because a few of them are with organ rather than the usual harpsichord. If you want something you can play in church, wouldn't it be nice to have something accompanied by organ? Of course it's very difficult to play a violin solo with organ in church because the sound comes from everywhere. In my town there is a church with a small loft organ and I'm determined to have a recital there one day and play Handel.
Sounds lovely Paul and I can understand the desire to have such a recital! I'm Greek Orthodox, so everything is acapella, and I am in the choir (my violin teacher is also my choir director). There are a few Orthodox parishes in North American with an organ but it isn't the norm.
One of the pieces that hooked me on violin was Tartini's d minor concerto. Probably a bit easier than the Vitali.
My favorite Vitali Chaconne is Oistrakh’s. I find it more tender and introspective than Heifetz’s.
If you're collecting Chaconnes, there's a lovely Chacony (sic) by Purcell in Britten's arrangement for string quartet. There are several versions on Youtube. I don't know what the original instrumentation was, but it seems to me to work very well for quartet.
Thanks for the additions to my list! I've various compilation playlists I found on Spotify, one of which include a violin Tartini piece I really enjoyed - pretty sure it's the D minor concerto but I need to find it again. Can't remember the violinist - thought it was in the Heifetz collection but it is I just overlooked it.
More of a passacaglia than a dance form, but Brahms #4's last movement more or less wrote the book on the 19thC approach. And Webern did one a few decades later in his Op 1 that is quite interesting.
The Reger sonatas, that I think somebody mentioned above, include a 14 minute Chaconne that stands out from the other movements. You might like it, but then it might take some time for it to grow on you. It's in Reger's Op. 91, No. 7. There's a CD, Dorian 90175.
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