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Historic Musical Bits: David Oistrakh – Mozart – Violin Concerto No 3 in G major, K 216

David Oistrakh – Mozart – Violin Concerto No 3 in G major, K 216

Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov – Capriccio Espagnol, Op. 34

Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov – Capriccio Espagnol, Op. 34

Mozart – Violin Concerto No. 3 in G, K. 216

Mozart – Violin Concerto No. 3 in G, K. 216 

Mozart – Violin Concerto No. 3 in G, K. 216: make music part of your life series

Mozart – Violin Concerto No. 3 in G, K. 216

make music part of your life series: Franz Schubert: Rondo in A major D.438 for violin and strings


Franz Schubert: Rondo in A major D.438 for violin and strings

European Journey – The pulse of Europe: Austria
Slovenian Philharmonic String Quartet with guests
Oliver Dizdarević Škrabar – solo violin
Žiga Faganel – violin
Irina Kevorkova – violin
Maja Rome – viola
Gordana Keller Petrej – cello
Petar Brčarević – double bass

Slovenian Philharmonic – The Slavko Osterc Hall
September 23, 2012

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Make Music Part of Your Life Series: Camille Saint-Saëns – Danse Macabre

Danse Macabre (first performed in 1875) is the name of opus 40 by French composer Camille Saint-Saëns.

The composition is based upon a poem by Henri Cazalis, on an old French superstition: Zig, zig, zig, Death in a cadence, Striking with his heel a tomb, Death at midnight plays a dance-tune, Zig, zig, zig, on his violin. The winter wind blows and the night is dark; Moans are heard in the linden trees. Through the gloom, white skeletons pass, Running and leaping in their shrouds. Zig, zig, zig, each one is frisking, The bones of the dancers are heard to crack— But hist! of a sudden they quit the round, They push forward, they fly; the cock has crowed.

According to the ancient superstition, “Death” appears at midnight every year on Halloween. Death has the power to call forth the dead from their graves to dance for him while he plays his fiddle (represented by a solo violin with its E-string tuned to an E-flat in an example of scordatura tuning). His skeletons dance for him until the first break of dawn, when they must return to their graves until the next year.

The piece opens with a harp playing a single note, D, twelve times to signify the clock striking midnight, accompanied by soft chords from the string section. This then leads to the eerie E flat and A chords (also known as a tritone or the “Devil’s chord“) played by a solo violin, representing death on his fiddle. After which the main theme is heard on a solo flute and is followed by a descending scale on the solo violin. The rest of the orchestra, particularly the lower instruments of the string section, then joins in on the descending scale. The main theme and the scale is then heard throughout the various sections of the orchestra until it breaks to the solo violin and the harp playing the scale. The piece becomes more energetic and climaxes at this point; the full orchestra playing with strong dynamics.Towards the end of the piece, there is another violin solo, now modulating, which is then joined by the rest of the orchestra. The final section, a pianissimo, represents the dawn breaking and the skeletons returning to their graves.

The piece makes particular use of the xylophone in a particular theme to imitate the sounds of rattling bones. Saint-Saëns uses a similar motif in the Fossils part of his Carnival of the Animals.
[from Wikipedia]

Artwork:Remedios Varo,”Les Feuilles Mortes”.
Played by:National Philharmonic Orchestra,
conductor:Leopold Stokowski.

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J. S. Bach – Sonata No. 1 in G minor for solo violin, BWV 1001 (Live)

Sonata No. 1 in G minor for solo violin, BWV 1001 (Live)

I. Adagio 0:00
II. Fuga (Allegro4:24
III. Siciliana 10:00
IV. Presto 13:13

Soloist: Julia Fischer
Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach (1685 – 1750)

London (England). 2010. Live


A. Vivaldi: Op. 3 n. 8 – Concerto for 2 violins, strings & b.c. in A minor (RV 522)


(Amsterdam, Roger, 1711) for Ferdinand III, Prince of Tuscany

Concerto for two violins, strings and basso continuo in A minor (RV 522)

I. Allegro – 0:07
II. Larghetto – 3:38
III. Allegro – 7:21

Elizabeth Wilcock (solo violin I)
Micaela Comberti (solo violin II)
Jaap Ter Linden (violoncello)
Simon Standage, Miles Golding (violin I & II)
Trevor Jones, Jan Schlapp (viola)
Amanda MacNamara (double bass)
Trevor Pinnock (harpsichord)

The English Concert / Trevor Pinnock (conductor)


Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy – Violin Concerto in E minor, op. 64 ( one of the most romantic violin concertos ever! Once you hear the theme…it will stay with you forever!)

Felix Froschhammer, violin

Alexander Mayer, conductor
Ensemble Symphonique Neuchâtel

11.11.2012, Temple du Bas, Neuchâtel

The concerto consists of three movements with the following tempo markings:

  1. Allegro molto appassionato (E minor)
  2. Andante (C major)
  3. Allegretto non troppo – Allegro molto vivace (E major)

The concerto opens with an almost immediate entry of the solo violin, instead of an orchestral tutti, with the very tune in E minor that gave Mendelssohn no peace.[12] Following a bravura of rapidly descending notes, the opening theme is then restated by the orchestra. Continue reading

Danse Macabre 2010 ( Saint-Saëns ) @ 1:20AM, August 14, 2012