Richard Strauss only piece for solo violin - Daphne Etude
I found out about this little gem a year or so a go. I wonder how many of this site's readers knew Strauss wrote a piece for solo violin?
Here it is - a recording I made a couple of months ago.
I found this in the
Hi. It is indeed a solo violin piece - the IMSLP entry is incorrect! The manuscript is in the British Library. You guess correctly - it was written for his grandson. It uses one of the themes from his opera, Daphne, written seven years earlier.
A fabulous little nugget, thank you!
Oh wow - yes odd plot.
James, you'd be justified in keeping it for yourself but if you were to transcribe the piece and upload it to IMSLP (hosted in Canada where Strauss's music is public domain) I suspect it would get performed quite a lot!
I wouldn't wish to claim ownership of the piece - 3 violinists have recorded it before I did, although clearly it is a rarity in the solo violin repertoire. The music is available here. https://www.stretta-music.com/strauss-2-spaete-violin-etueden-nr-313999.html?fbclid=IwAR0NImwnNCTika72KZGHBOW-hS3q1MwJjawrlHR0avRhMYG7sz-Ut4hUCDo
Thanks again. The thumbnail has sufficient resolution to play from, which I'm just about to do
James do you also have some background info on that Allegretto in E major? Was it also an arrangement for the grandson?
I don't I'm afraid. I just listened to James Ehnes and Andrew Armstrong play it via YouTube since your comment. It sounds delightful.