02.08 - THE WINNING VIOLIN

2.08., 6:00 pm – The winning violin
Chamber Hall in CKK Jordanki / Tickets: PLN 15 (BUY TICKET)

Artists:
Elias David Moncado – violin (Special Prize of the Chairman of the Toruń City Council - Marcin Czyżniewski)
Bartłomiej Wezner – piano

Programme:
W. A. Mozart – Sonata for violin and piano in B flat major, KV 454
H.W. Ernst – The last rose of summer variations
L.van Beethoven – Violin Sonata No.5, Op.24 "Spring"
C.Saint-Saëns – Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso in A minor Op. 28

 

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Ludwig van Beethoven were not only brilliant composers and pianists but also violinists. They knew the possibilities of both instruments and the characteristics of their sound perfectly well, which is why they were eager to compose violin and piano sonatas. Mozart created forty pieces of this kind, and Beethoven – ten. The sonatas of both Viennese classics were often referred to by them as sonatas for the piano with accompanying violin. The use of this term seems to be justified, since it was in the Classicism that the piano experienced its most intense development. It is therefore not surprising that its role in the sonatas of that period is superior or equal to that of the violin. Beethoven’s Sonata in F major Op. 24 ‘Spring’ consists of four rather than the traditional three movements. It opens with an elaborate sonata allegro (Allegro), where the main theme is introduced by the violin, but its second presentation is made by the piano. Such a beginning marks a completely new relationship between the instruments. The second movement is a lyrical Adagio molto espressivo, followed by a short and pulsating Scherzo. The sonata’s finale is featured by a Rondo (Allegro ma non troppo). It is worth noting that the nickname ‘Spring’ does not come from the composer himself, but refers to the mood and expressiveness that reawaken in this sonata, which was dedicated to Count Moritz von Fries - Beethoven’s friend and patron.

Sonata in B flat major KV 454 Op. 7 No. 3 was published in 1784 and written for Regina Strinasacchi - an excellent Italian violinist that aroused Mozart’s fascination. Alfred Einstein wrote about this sonata: “It is hard to imagine a more perfect ‘interplay’ of both instruments than in the first Allegro, which is reached through the proud Largo as if passing through a triumphal arch, and in the Rondo, where (...) the returning to the theme is accompanied by constantly new and increasingly delightful surprises”.

Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso A minor Op. 28 by Camille Saint –Saënse is a truly virtuoso work, dedicated to Pablo Sarasate. Display already begins in the brief Introduction (Andante). It is followed by a Rondo (Allegro ma non troppo) based on a vivacious, syncopated theme, very demanding in technical terms, almost acrobatic. The whole piece is crowned with a coda (più allegro) in the spirit of a perpetuum mobile.

In addition to the works described above, the programme will also include a composition by one of Niccolo Paganini’s successors, the unsung virtuoso Heinrich Wilhelm Ernst, and the work is the Variations on the theme song The Last Rose of Summer. The genius of Ernst as a violinist was described by Hector Berlioz: “He was one of the few artists I truly adored and a talent that fascinated me the most” and Joseph Joachim: “Ernst was the greatest violinist I'd ever heard, an artist who was second to none. He who has not heard him play will never know how emotional and full of musical content a violin cantilena can be”. 

 

 

Aneta Derkowska, PhD


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