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Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso

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Camille Saint-Saëns

Camille Saint-Saëns (arr. Kessler)

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This work bears the designation Opus 28.

General Info

Year: 1863 /
Duration: c. 10:10
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Violin
Publisher: Unknown


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Program Notes

Camille Saint-Saëns, like many other French Romantic composers such as Édouard Lalo and Georges Bizet, held a deep interest in the style of Spanish dance music. This style permeates his solo violin works, particularly the Havanaise, op. 83, and the Introduction et Rondo Capriccioso.

In 1859, the 15-year-old violin prodigy Pablo de Sarasate approached the celebrated composer and commissioned a violin concerto, which the flattered Saint-Saëns proceeded to compose (this piece became Saint-Saëns’ Violin Concerto No. 1 in A major). Four years later, in 1863, Saint-Saëns wrote yet another solo piece for Sarasate: The Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso in A minor for violin and orchestra. Sarasate premiered this piece in Paris on April 4, 1867. Despite their later disagreements, Claude Debussy arranged the piece for two pianos in the earlier years of his career.

The work, Op. 28, has continued to be one of Saint-Saëns's most popular compositions.

This arrangement for winds is by retired Army Sgt. Jim Kessler.

- Program notes from Wikipedia


State Ratings

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  • University of Texas, Arlington, Wind Symphony (Douglas Stotter, conductor; Hannah Leffler, flute) - 19 November 2021
  • University of Southern Mississippi (Hattiesburg) Wind Ensemble (Catherine Rand, conductor; Katerina Bachevska, flute) – 7 March 2019
  • United States Navy Band (Captain Brian O. Walden, conductor; MU1 Jonathan Yanik, saxophone) - February 2013 West Coast Tour
  • Tokyo Wind Symphony Orchestra (Denis Bouriakov (flute) - 2008

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