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Encyclopedia > Violin Concerto (Elgar)

The Violin Concerto in B Minor, opus 61, is one of Sir Edward Elgar's longest works, yet it is somewhat uncommon in recording and in performance. Like most other concertos, it features three movements: Sir Edward Elgar Sir Edward Elgar, 1st Baronet, OM, GCVO (2 June 1857 â€“ 23 February 1934) was an English composer. ...

  1. Allegro
  2. Andante
  3. Allegro molto

It is a very sombre and romantic work, the second movement (as expected) most so. The first movement begins with a long orchestral feature, before the violin enters with a repetition of the theme. The second movement features a shorter orchestral prelude, while the last movement begins with a difficult violin passage, accompanied by the orchestra, that features many double stops and fast arpeggios. The piece often lasts for forty-five minutes or longer, making it possibly the longest violin concerto performed with any regularity. That fact in itself makes it one of the less often-performed violin concertos. The classic rendition remains that of the composer with Lord Menuhin playing the violin. Recordings favored by violin afficianados are Albert Sammons for poetic beauty and Nigel Kennedy's two recordings for tone, sound and orchestra. A double stop, in music terminology, is the act of playing two notes simultaneously on a stringed instrument, for example a violin, a viola, a cello or a guitar. ... Various arpeggi as seen on a staff In music, an arpeggio (plural, arpeggi) is a spread chord played top-to-bottom or vice versa in sheet music, or rather the sounding of the tones of a chord in rapid succession rather than simultaneously. ... A violin concerto is a concerto for solo violin (occasionally, two or more violins) and instrumental ensemble, customarily orchestra. ... Yehudi Menuhin album cover The Right Honourable Yehudi Menuhin, Baron Menuhin, OM, KBE (April 22, 1916 – March 12, 1999) was an American-born violinist, violist, and conductor who spent most of his performing career in the United Kingdom. ... Nigel Kennedy (born December 28, 1956 in Brighton, England) is a violinist and violist. ...


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In some violin concertos, especially from the Baroque and modern eras, the violin (or group of violins) is accompanied by a chamber ensemble rather than an orchestra—for instance, Vivaldi's L'estro armonico, originally scored for four violins, two violas, cello, and continuo, and Allan Pettersson's first concerto, for violin and string quartet.
Violin Concerto No. 2 in C sharp minor, op.
Violin Concerto No. 2 in F sharp minor, op.
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