Pieces to bring out
If you could pick 5 pieces to bring out of "obscurity" which would they be? Thinkinh more concertos/sonatas than big symphonies but either/or will do
1. Juan Crisóstomo Arriaga: string quartets and (and other chamber music)
1) Saint Saens Sonatas and Concertos (only Concerto 3 is played)
1. Paul Müller Zürich, Viola concerto (plus his violin concerto and the one for two violins, harpsichord and strings).
Vieuxtemps: Concerto No.2 in F sharp Minor
The top one for me is Wieniawski no 1 I think. I know its more a difficulty thing than anything else, but I prefer it to the second
A forgotten composer: Jesus de Monasterio (great name!) the #2 composer/violinist in 19th cent. Spain, #1 being Sarasate.
It's actually really hard for me to pick five -- it would still be hard if I could pick five chamber works, five concertos, and five orchestral works.
The violin concertos by Jesus de Monasterio, and Samuel Coleridge-Taylor.
Richard the Franck symphony in d minor, thanks for mentioning that, what an uplifting and terrific work!
I'm somewhat ashamed of my lack of knowledge of the work of several composers mentioned here. However there are some works by 'major' composers which I think are under-valued by both performer and audiences. Here are some suggestions
Re: Nielsen, his posthumously published viola quintet is rarely played, and I like it more than his quartets.
Also, since people are freely exceeding 5, here are five more.
Jean, thanks for sharing my enthusiasm! I've often had to defend César Franck against accusations of 'stodginess' - the poor man is simply thoughtful and serious! It's also curious that he is one of a handful of composers for whom we generally use a first name, as though we were distinguishing him from somebody with the same surname, like Daniel Purcell or Michael Haydn. ARE we?
Three possible reasons for always using the first and last name for César Franck.
Yes, Albrecht. I've found Melchior Franck - renaissance/early baroque. The pronunciation of his surname would be different.
Goldmark Concerto (yes, it is "known", "recorded", and "performed", but rarely so. One of my favorite Concerto works.)
I agree about Franck, Arriaga, and Bruckner. Also several Dvorak works that I like better than his American ones.
Someone apologized for going beyond the five, and I thought of The Five! There's a beautiful E-major impromptu by Balakirev for the violin that is just lovely. And I'm sure there are pieces by Cesar Cui that are never performed because nobody's even ever heard of Cui even though he was the ringleader of The Five.
There is a violin sonata by Cui, and a wonderful cycle of short miniatures called Kaleidoscope (the Oriental is reasonably well known).
John - you might be interested in the (very short) Purcell Prelude for solo violin, also in G minor.
What about Kreisler's three old Viennese dances, are they in obscurity?
I agree about Kreisler. In fact the "triptych"for me ,is always a challenge when it becomes part of my recital program.I find Kreisler, stylistically, one of the most difficult in the repertoire .
They are great, not Schmalz, but the modern concert stage is not kind to encore sorts of recitals. This rules out the beautiful, creative, and impressive Kreisler repertoire (including the arrangements and transcriptions) for the most part. A few violinists manage to pull it off, and I wish more would follow in those more daring footsteps.
I am extremely disappointed in this thread. The OP asks for obscure pieces, and now people are discussing Kreisler pieces that many students learn and that almost all of us have heard many times...
Lipinski is pretty charming, and wrote pretty prolifically, even if it's not particularly deep music.
I do not mean to offend, but not even violin students know well many of Kreisler works, and they are not that common in the concert stage. Student recitals? *Ultra* common, especially the pieces everybody does know. But not common modern recital fare.
The Lekeu violin sonata is gorgeous.
Sorry I disappointed you extremely, Andrew, but I did pose it as a question. Define "obscure". Define what's obscure for Jake who is 18(?). What you and I heard a thousand times as kids may not have been heard since then.
Gordon, I didn't listen to a lot of music of any kind (either classical or popular) as a kid, and I'm not that old. I've done the vast majority of my music listening in the 21st century, so I inhabit the same musical era as Jake. I see those three Kreisler pieces being played by violin students all over social media
I'm 23 Gordon haha. But there are some good points in this. I'd say Kresiler stuff is more known on the student recital circuit than maybe the professional circuit. Although could be wrong
I would argue that "obscure" and "frequently performed" are different concepts.