Alfredo Casella: Concerto in la minore

Alfredo Casella Concerto in la minore
Concerto in la minore

Alfredo Casella: Concerto in la minore

Key:
A minor
Opus:
op. 48
Year of composition:
1928
Scored for:
for violin and orchestra
Composer:
Alfredo Casella
Instrumentation:
2 3 3 2 - 4 2 0 0 - timp, perc, str
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
Remarks:
Study score available at Musikproduktion Höflich: www.musikmph.de
Duration:
30’
Dedication:
a Josph Szigeti
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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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Next performances

10 Jan

Concerto in la minore

Jyväskylä City Theatre, Jyväskylä (FI)

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