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Violin concerto that deserves our attention

September 29, 2017

Hungarian composer Ernst von Dohnanyi wrote many masterpieces besides the famous piano quintet. Unlike his fellow classmate Bela Bartok, Dohnanyi did not strike as a modern (avant-garde) type composer in his time.

Yet, more I listen to his compositions, more I love and respect his ideas in music. For example, Dohnanyi's second violin concerto has a unique orchestration. It is written for violin solo, woodwinds, brass, lower strings, and percussion. That in a ways makes perfect sense: why to double and mix into the solo violin the entire violin I and II sections. As a result, you can hear the perfect orchestral sonority. I personally did not even notice the absence of violin chorus at first.

Please, listen to this wonderful example of Dohnanyi's creativity in his masterful second violin concerto. 



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