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Concerto for Violin and Wind Orchestra

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Kurt Weill

Kurt Weill


This work may also be found under its title in German or French: Konzert für Violine und Blasorchester or Concert pour violon et orchestre d'instruments à vent.

This work bears the designation Opus 12.


General Info

Year: 1925 / 2010
Duration: c. 30:00
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Universal Edition
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - Rental   |   Score Only (print) - €52.50


Movements

1. Andante con moto – 9:50
2. Notturno: Allegro un poco tenuto - Cadenza: Moderato - Vivace - Serenata: Allegretto – 10:40
3. Allegro molto, un poco agitato - 6:35


Instrumentation

Full Score
Solo Violin
Flute I-II
Oboe
Bassoon I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II
C Trumpet I-II
String Bass I-II-III-IV
Percussion, including:

  • Cuenca
  • Tambor, large and small
  • Triangle
  • Xylophone


Errata

None discovered thus far.


Program Notes

The Concerto for Violin and Wind Orchestra, which Weill composed in the early summer of 1924, shortly before [his teacher Ferruccio] Busoni’s death, is the first large-scale work he wrote after his time with Busoni – and the first work in which he consciously declares his independence, if only in technical procedure and not in aesthetic principles, from his beloved teacher. The concerto was written for the violinist Joseph Szigeti, but was given its première by Marcel Darieux at an ISCM (International Society for Contemporary Music) concert, conducted by Walter Straram in 1925. During the 1920s, it became one of his most widely performed instrumental works. The philosopher T.W. Adorno wrote the following regarding the work:

“In this piece, the lines of Weill’s development intersect; the Busoni-esque lucidity is still there, playfully avoiding both dense polyphony and indeed the melodic plasticity which Weill was later to round out so strikingly. There is a strong trace of Stravinsky to be found in the classical, masterly clarity of the sound and in much of the wind writing. The later Weill can be heard in the dramatic pungency which often enough contradicts the classical balance, but most remarkable of all is a Mahlerian quality, at once garishly expressive and painfully laughing, which calls everything playful and secure into question. Weill thus relinquishes objective realism in favor of the dangerous, surrealistic realm he inhabits today. The piece stands isolated and alien: that is, in the right place.”

- Program Note by Steven Dennis Bodner for liner notes of Naxos CD Dragon Rhyme


Commercial Discography


Media


State Ratings

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Performances

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Works for Winds by this Composer


Resources

  • Perusal score
  • Weill, K. [2008]. Konzert für Violine und Blasorchester : op. 12 : Violine und Klavier = Concerto for Violin and Orchestra Of Wind-Instruments = concert pour violon et orchestre d'instruments à vent [score]. Universal Edition: Wien.