Gian Carlo Menotti – Concerto for Violin and Orchestra – I. Allegro moderato (1/2)


Gian Carlo Menotti (1911-2007)
Concerto for Violin and Orchestra

I. Allegro moderato
II. Adagio
III. Allegro vivace

Ruggiero Ricci, violin
Pacific Symphony Orchestra
Keith Clark, conductorGian Carlo Menotti’s Concerto for Violin and Orchestra was commissioned in 1952 by Efrem Zimbalist, violinist and then director of the Curtis Institute of Music, of which Menotti was a former student. The work was premiered by Zimbalist and the Philadelphia Orchestra in December of that year. Divided into three movements, the concerto is a conventional showpiece for the virtuoso soloist, with a lyricism and tonality characteristic of much of Menotti’s work. The final movement features a section for oboe, tambourine, and Indian drum reminiscent of the Middle Eastern influences found in Menotti’s opera Amahl and the Night Visitors (1951).~ Art of the States

“I am convinced that composition is more an act of discovery than of creation” (G.C. Menotti)

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