Karol Szymanowski: Concerto No. 1

Karol Szymanowski Concerto No. 1
Concerto No. 1

Karol Szymanowski: Concerto No. 1

Opus:
op. 35
Year of composition:
1916
Scored for:
for violin and orchestra
Composer:
Karol Szymanowski
Editor:
Eugenia Uminska
Piano reduction:
Jerzy Lefeld
Soloists:
violin
Instrumentation:
3 3 4 3 - 4 3 3 1 - perc(2), hp(2), cel, pno, str(12 12 8 8 6)
Instrumentation details:
1st flute
2nd flute
3rd flute (+picc)
1st oboe
2nd oboe
3rd oboe (+c.a)
1st clarinet in A
2nd clarinet in Bb
3rd clarinet in Bb (+cl(Eb))
bass clarinet in Bb
1st bassoon
2nd bassoon
3rd bassoon (+cbsn)
1st horn in F
2nd horn in F
3rd horn in F
4th horn in F
1st trumpet in C
2nd trumpet in C
3rd trumpet in C
1st trombone
2nd trombone
3rd trombone
tuba
percussion
1st harp
2nd harp
celesta
piano
violin I(12)
violin II(12)
viola(8)
violoncello(8)
contrabass(6)
Remarks:
Study score available at Musikproduktion Höflich: www.musikmph.de
Duration:
24’
Dedication:
a mon ami Paul Kochanski
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Work introduction

Distinctly characterised by his earlier style, Szymanowski’s first violin concerto is extra-refined in its sound; the orchestra, unusually rich in its make-up, shimmers in all its colours, supported by harmonies shot through with chromatics.

The solo part is extraordinarily virtuosic, while the work’s formal layout is easily perceptible despite its one-movement plan, thanks to the clearly demarcated sections; an introduction is followed by a virtuoso vivace as the initial large formal element, and a calm tempo comodo allows for melodic ornamentation.

A large section beginning vivace assai (scherzando) evinces diverse variations before it flows into a cadenza for the solo violin. After a tumultuous entrance of the orchestra, the tempo calms gradually until the end in a fraying close.

Translation Copyright © 2012 by Grant Chorley

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for violin and orchestra , 24’
Instr.: 3 3 4 3 - 4 3 3 1 - perc(2), hp(2), cel, pno, str(12 12 8 8 6)

Next performances

26 Oct

Concerto No. 1

Theater aan het Vrijthof, Maastricht (NL)

27 Oct

Concerto No. 1

Muziekgebouw, Eindhoven (NL)

28 Oct

Concerto No. 1

Eurogress, Aken (NL)

World première

Location:
Warsaw (PL)
Date:
01.11.1922
Orchestra:
Warsaw National Philharmonic Orchestra
Conductor:
Emil Mlynarski
Main soloists:
Jozef Oziminski, vln

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