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Alfredo Casella: Concerto in la minore

  • in A minor
  • for violin and orchestra
  • 2 3 3 2 - 4 2 0 0 - timp, perc, str
  • Duration: 30’
  • Instrumentation details:
    2 flutes
    2 oboen
    cor anglais
    2 clarinets in B (A)
    bass clarinet in B
    2 bassoons
    4 horns in F
    2 trumpets in C
    timpani
    perc (2 player)
    violin I
    violin II
    viola
    violoncello
    contrabass
  • Composer: Alfredo Casella
  • Dedication: a Josph Szigeti
  • Remarks: Study score available at Musikproduktion Höflich: www.musikmph.de

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Work introduction

First performed by Joseph Szigeti in the same year it was composed (1928 in the Soviet Union), Casella’s violin concerto is not a product of the “roaring Twenties.” He did not intend to upend the instrumental-concerto genre – he wrote a diversified, sunny, bubbly piece of music with ingratiating cantilenas in the lyrical sections and virtuosic solos in the incisively rhythmical fast passages.

This is a piece rewarding to the violinist and the orchestra alike – not least in the favour it finds with audiences.

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