I composed and recorded a tone poem for Violin-Quartet, Bass and Piano.
You can listen to it here:
The piece begins with a simple, slightly melancholic melody line. Its haunting counterpoint comes back and is varied and slightly developed at the end after some “eerie and mysterious” adventures in exotic keys with a “Wagnerian” escape out of them.
I “rediscovered” my old German violin that I had not played for years and – inspired by some baroque pieces – tuned it down quite a lot. With the lower pressure this 300 year old violin sounds much more open and full. It is very fun to play although a bit tricky to not choke the sound because of the loose strings.
Here is the video of J.S. Bach’s Andante from the 2nd Sonata for violin solo:
My pianist partner Tara Clifford will join me for a little recital at The Bossanyi Studio on Friday, 27 September 2013 at 8.30pm. It is a very relaxed venue and you can bring your own wine/beverage. Usually snacks are served afterwards, too!
Suk Four Pieces for Violin and Piano, Op. 17 (1900) 1. Quasi Ballata 2. Appasionato 3. Un poco triste 4. Burleska Brahms Violin Sonata No. 3 in D minor, Op. 108 (1878-88) i. Allegro ii. Adagio iii. Un poco presto e con sentiment iv. Presto agitato
Beethoven Violin Sonata No. 8, Op. 30 No. 3 (1801-2) i. Allegro assai ii. Tempo di minuetto, ma molto moderato e grazioso iii. Allegro vivace Debussy Violin Sonata in G minor (1917) i. Allegro vivo ii. Intermède: Fantasque et léger iii. Finale: Très animé
I decided to keep things more up to date and upload some recordings every now and then.
To start off nicely I just recorded a great little organ piece which is also probably one of the most well known. It is the Toccata and Fugue by Johann Sebastian Bach, BWV 565.
I rearranged the piece for violin solo but stayed very close to the organ version. The work is transposed to A-minor to make best use of the violin’s range and it works surprisingly well despite the polyphonic limitations of the violin.
In fact in the 1980s Bach’s authorship was challenged (mostly because of stylistic problems) by Peter Williams and as a possible explanation it was suggested that the Toccata and Fugue may have been written for violin originally. He transcribed the piece for the violin. It (I am talking about classical
versions of course) has been recorded among others in slightly differing versions by Maxim Vengerov, Andrew Manze and I have seen live videos by Sergej Krylov who I am a big fan of.
There seem to be a couple of versions out there that are possibly obtainable somewhere but I decided to write my own edition although I was obviously inspired by the above recordings.
Come to the Peggy Corkum Music Room in Halifax on Monday, August 13, 2012 for an exciting evening of Piano & Violin music. Pianist Willem Blois will join me to perform works by Beethoven, Ravel, Fauré, Bartok and more.
Tickets are $10 at the door. The show starts at 8pm.