Haendel repertoire for violin?
Hi. I'm interested in learning a bit about Haendel repertoire for violin, both for listening and playing:
1. Which are the main pieces he wrote for violin? (or in which of his pieces the violin has a big role)?
2. Of those pieces, which could be considered early intermediate repertoire (if any)?
There are the sonatas for violin and keyboard (harpsichord originally but they can work on piano).A few of these have since been found to be spurious, although I still happen to like the ones that probably are not by Handel. The Barenreiter edition explains which ones probably are not by Handel. There are also two single movements Andante HWV412 and Allegro HWV408. There is an Allegro for violin alone, HWV 407. And finally there is even a concerto HWV 288. Not many people know about that one as it is called Sonata a5, however looking at the score it quite clearly a solo violin line above a string ensemble or small orchestra. Start with some of the sonatas - maybe HWV 368 in G minor (although this is one that is thought it might not be by Handel anymore!)
IMSLP lists 7 violin sonatas. Since they're free you should take a look at them. He also wrote a number of concerti grossi in which the violin is one of the featured instruments. All of his orchestral pieces and oratorios rely on the violin and the parts are not easy to play well.
I believe the Händel violin sonatas are a staple of the violin repertoire. Just search this site for [Händel sonatas] and you will find these have been discussed here a lot in the past.
Jean is right, but it is also true that Handel's music has rather fallen out of favor recently--except for Messiah of course. When I was young it was perfectly normal, almost common practice, to start a recital with one of his sonatas.
Thank you everyone for taking your time to write your responses. I've been a bit busy these days and I completely forgot I had asked this question here!
I don't know Miguel. The D major violin sonata (usually called number 4 in the set) is a staple of the baroque violin repertoire. It's probably better known than the Bach sonatas for violin and keyboard. It's not only quite beautiful, but it's really not a student work. As Albrecht points out, the A major sonata is actually pretty tricky.
A few more posts like this and Handel will come back into favor! The popularity of many composers can be cyclical, anyway.
It plays for me. Strange.
Tessa Robbins would regularly start a recital with a Handel sonata - I remember particularly the E-major, but then I played the second movement of it as the fast bit of my performance for the House Music Competition - I came third.
Albrecht, the Naxos recording of HWV 288 still won't play for me - possibly
Menuhin recorded it.