Solo Violin: How do you best play this?
I am a composer and conductor. I am hoping someone can help me with the following question:
I am orchestrating a piece from a pretty raw midi file for a performance with a top tier national orchestra. The midi file contains a solo violin passage that you can see here:
you can hear the passage here:
I am wondering what is the best way to approach this. Even though the part will be played by a world class principal violinist, A literal translation looks impossible. In the above linked Jpg I have supplied some alternate ideas. I am curious if anyone might have some insight or suggestions.
Thank you cotton, Christian, Mary, Irene and Lydia! I updated the image file to a new link here
Is E in that jpg what you all are suggesting?
Thank you so much for your input.
The solo part is perfectly playable for one violin, if not a little awkward.
Agree with Cotton. It's awkward, but playable. If it's at a top-tier orchestra the concertmaster should have no problem making it work. If you want to highlight the melody notes you want brought out, do that. But otherwise just let them do their job. They'll take care of you.
I don't see the problem; Cotton is right. It's playable, though it is certainly awkward and written very unviolinistically.
I agree with Mary Ellen. I suggest making the implied melody clear in the score. Do note the accents and slurs explicitly. And notate it as a polyphonic line rather than double stops (look at a Bach unaccompanied sonata/partita for violin, for an example if you're unfamiliar with how to do that.)
it's playable as is, but I think option D (with 2nd violin line notated with C# instead of Dflat) would give you the best performance and be less likely to leave the concertmaster thinking you don't know how to write for violin. I think the solo as is is unlikely to be played with the implied melody clear enough.
Thank you Cotton, Christian, Mary, Irene and Lydia! I updated the image file to a new link here