Violin and Viola Music- Hidden Gems

July 30, 2017, 8:02 AM · While there are thousands of wonderful pieces of music in the world, we tend to focus too much on certain well known pieces. Even well known composers have rarely listened to gems. Today, with the use of the internet, it is so easy to find and share these gems. I thought it may be interesting to see what we can come up with.

Maybe not all that hidden, but still a gem-

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July 30, 2017, 12:14 PM · Ran across this super performance of Frank Bridge's Lament for two violas last week, Bridge composed it for himself and Lionel Tertis to play in 1912, and it was apparently lost until the 1970s.
July 30, 2017, 3:14 PM · Mozart actually wrote a total of 9 violin concertos. Only 5 are still commonly played today.
July 30, 2017, 4:13 PM · The other Mozart concertos are not by Mozart. One of them is by Henri Casadeus.
On of my favorite hidden gems is Lalo's Op. 20 Violin Concerto in F
July 31, 2017, 1:31 AM · I find a lot of hidden gems in the student concertos. An example is the Oscar Reiding in Bm. Not flashy enough for fame or a professional programme, but quaint and still lovely to hear.

August 1, 2017, 12:25 AM · Steibelt Violin Sonata has always been wonderful for me.
August 1, 2017, 2:37 AM · For me a recent interesting find has been a violin Sonata by Andreas Romberg, a contemporary of Beethoven.
Edited: August 1, 2017, 2:46 PM · Not sure it qualifies as hidden, but Rebecca Clarke's "Morpheus" is certainly a gem:


August 1, 2017, 7:46 AM · The Zelter viola concerto is fun to play, fun to hear, and not difficult: .
Edited: August 2, 2017, 4:46 PM · Jacob, how DARE you suggest that Henri Casadesus forged the Adelaide Concerto! And it wasn't the Australian composer Malcolm Williamson either. It was Henri's brother Marius what forged it.

And Timothy, what do YOU know about the listening habits of well known composers?

August 2, 2017, 6:09 PM · John,

I think you may have mis-read Timothy's context. Composers have rarely listened to gems. As in pieces they wrote that are less well known than their main output.

August 3, 2017, 3:51 PM · Casadesu's Adelaide concerto was first recorded by young Menuhin. He did it twice, and are still my favourite version. Others play the work, and in particular the finale, too fast for my taste. And somebody transcribed it for trumpet&orchestra. I hate that!!
Edited: August 4, 2017, 12:02 AM · Michael, I don't think my reading is entirely inconsistent with context. I've seen worse logic than that on the internet.

Casadesus's "Adelaide concerto was first recorded by young Menuhin" - Is THAT why he married an Australian?

August 5, 2017, 12:53 PM · Just heard a movement of Schumann's Fairy Tales for violin, viola, and piano, played by Stephen Tennenbom, Ida Kafavian and Pamela Pyle here in Albuquerque. Gorgeous piece! It inspired me to order the sheet music.
August 5, 2017, 1:19 PM · Leclair's D Major Violin Sonata is a fantastic piece and as common as many other sonatas:

Also, if you have a friend, his violin duets have some real gem movements in them.

August 28, 2017, 10:45 AM · Alfred Hill viola concerto in a minor
August 28, 2017, 12:03 PM · Not a gem but souvenir de Florence.

Chausson concerto

Sauret concerto
Ysaye concerto

Pi├Ęces never recorded

August 29, 2017, 5:14 PM · Hi, a good one that is rarely played and is a good teaching tool as well is the Saint Saens Romance in B flat op. 27. Not the much better known C Major opus 48. One recording of it on youtube. out of print I think but can be found at IMSLP. Goes through 7th position if I recall correctly and several keys. beautiful and mildly challenging for an advancing student. Also Lily Boulanger Nocturne and Cortege is wonderful! Several very fine performances on youtube. Students would need to be advanced and a little more mature musically to handle that one though.

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