The violin concerto
(Violin concerto in D major, op. 61)
In three movements:
The bulk of the concerto is in the first movement, which opens with
haunting notes on the timpani. The cadenza (towards the end of the
first movement) is long and involved. I must admit that on first
hearing it, I did wonder if perhaps it wasn't overly so.
- Allegro ma non troppo
- Rondo: allegro
The last two movements lack the weight of the first, but the second is
definitely very beautiful.
The violin concerto was composed in 1806. Its first performance had
Franz Clement play the solo part. He didn't have much (if any) chance
to rehearse, and the first performance was not particularly well
received. I can see definite links (similarities) between this
concerto and Brahms's.
Michael Norrish <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Last modified: Fri Nov 4 12:01:23 1994