Solo violin recital
Hello! I'm trying to find some interesting rep for solo violin (outside of the more standard Bach, Paganini, Ysaye) for an online recital. If you know of anything you think should be heard more often let me know!
Maybe The Devil’s Trill or Chopin’s Nocturne Op. 9, No. 2, or anything by Fritz Kreisler.
Geminiani sonata. Kreisler Intro and Scherzo. Devil’s Trill was recorded by Andrew Manze sans accompaniment. Miklos
Another vote for Reger. Bartok is good, too. Telemann for something light, Ernst for something flashy.
Prokofiev's Sonata for Solo Violin, Op.115 is very interesting, too.
There are some pieces by Hindemith - a very long time since I heard them so not sure about musical content or difficulty. There are also two works by Carl Nielsen - both of which used to be on Youtube, one played by Hilary Hahn. I seem to remember that some of Heinrich Biber's works were for solo violin.
A trip to IMSLP will give you a thorough list of what's available. Recommendations here, however, are equally valuable because you know at least someone thinks those pieces are good.
I love performing Eventyrsuite (Fairy Tale Suite) by Bjarne Brustad. It is not often performed and think that is a shame.
There is Biber's Rosary sonatas which I believe are violin alone
Another vote for Biber; I do NOT understand why his music is not more widely known and admired. A good piece for recital would be his Passacaglia.
You never hear this, but I think it's great.
And I believe some works in Hilary Hahn's new encore album are for solo violin?
I think you're right Lydia. she has a lot of unaccompanied stuff in her reportoire outside of Bach and Ysaye
I'm sure one can play Syrinx on the violin ...
The only solo work by Biber is the Passacaglia, the last of the Rosary Sonatas. Pisendel also has a solo sonata. Westhoff has 6 suites, which probably inspired Bach's S&P. They are easy, but lovely. Tartini has over 40 solo sonatas, I believe. Vilsmayr has some suites, mostly in scordatura, but the first one is in normal tuning. There's a collection called "Assaggi" by a Roman on IMSLP.
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