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Ernst Krenek: 1. Violinkonzert

  • for violin and orchestra
  • 2 0 2 2 - 2 2 0 0, str
  • Duration: 21’
  • Soloists:
    violin
  • Instrumentation details:
    1st flute
    2nd flute
    1st clarinet in Bb
    2nd clarinet in Bb
    1st bassoon
    2nd bassoon
    1st horn in F
    2nd horn in F
    1st trumpet in C
    2nd trumpet in C
    violin I
    violin II
    viola
    violoncello
    contrabass
  • Composer: Ernst Krenek
  • Dedication: Alma Moodie gewidmet

Work introduction

Alma Modie is the dedicatee of this work, according to the score and UE’s website. Thanks to composer Berchtold Goldschmidt’s recollections of the concerto’s world premiere and the interview afterward with Modie in the green room (recorded in 1995), we know that this juvenile composition harbours a portrait of the violinist and her relationship with Krenek, who was 24 at the time. Thus the piece is a very personal one in which the composer symbolises himself with first the clarinet and later the trumpet.

Audiosamples

The complete perusal score (PDF-preview)

World première

Location:
Dessau (DE)
Date:
05.01.1925
Orchestra:
Anhaltische Philharmonie Dessau
Conductor:
Franz Hoesslin
Main soloists:
Alma Moodie, vln

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