Richard Strauss only piece for solo violin - Daphne Etude

Edited: July 24, 2020, 5:06 AM · 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.

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July 24, 2020, 5:22 AM · I found this in the list of works by Richard Strauss on IMSLP:

TrV 272b, AV 141, Daphne-Etude in G major, for violin and piano. Arranged from Daphne, TrV 272. 1945.

This mentions the piano? It does indeed sound a bit thin for solo violin (although you play it beautifully!) Also it is hardly an etude in my opinion ;-) Does anyone know the background, or occasion, that prompted Strauss to write out this little arrangement from a melody from his opera Daphne? Probably he wrote it out for a family member or a friend or something? Anyway, James, very interesting and thanks for sharing!

July 24, 2020, 5:26 AM · 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.
Edited: July 24, 2020, 5:44 AM · A fabulous little nugget, thank you!

It isn't entirely relevant but I was twice involved in concert performances of this opera, conducted by Ruth Gipps and Norman Del Mar. Tristan and Isolde it ain't - it culminates with the heroine slowly turning into a tree.

July 24, 2020, 6:04 AM · Oh wow - yes odd plot.
Edited: July 24, 2020, 6:44 AM · 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!
July 24, 2020, 8:50 AM · 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
July 24, 2020, 9:17 AM · Thanks again. The thumbnail has sufficient resolution to play from, which I'm just about to do
Edited: July 24, 2020, 9:50 AM · James do you also have some background info on that Allegretto in E major? Was it also an arrangement for the grandson?
July 24, 2020, 10:13 AM · 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.


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