New Recording: Bill’s Jig

A Jig with a cadenza.
I recorded a short “showpiece” that I composed for solo violin (with optional accompaniment). It started as a simple Jig inspired by a recent Newfoundland trip and has morphed into a more “classical” piece with the undertone of a jig.

Solo Violin & Guitar accompaniment played by myself.

J.S. Bach – Sonata 2 – Andante

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:

 

Concert at the Bossanyi Studio

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!

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Recital Programme

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
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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 

Tickets: £10 (students half price)

To reserve a seat please send an email to bossanyistudio(at)gmail.com or phone Oliver or Ann

22 FIELD END ROAD•EASTCOTE•PINNER•MIDDLESEX HA5 2QL
T: 020 8866 2880
E-MAIL: BOSSANYISTUDIO(at)GMAIL.COM

 

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Bach’s Toccata and Fugue in D minor

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.

 

Anyway, have a listen, I hope you enjoy it.

J.S. Bach – Toccata and Fugue BWV 565 – violin solo – Richter by keeptruemusic

 

Also, here is slightly more in depth information about the Toccata and Fugue.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Toccata_and_Fugue_in_D_minor,_BWV_565

 

 

© Hartmut Richter 2017