Violin Concerto (Glazunov)


Violin Concerto (Glazunov)

The "Violin Concerto in A minor, Op. 82" by Alexander Glazunov is one of his most popular compositions. Written in 1904, the concerto was dedicated to violinist Leopold Auer, who gave the first performance at a Russian Musical Society concert in St. Petersburg on February 15, 1905. The British premiere of the concerto followed just over a year later, under the direction of Sir Henry Wood and with Mischa Elman as soloist. The violin concerto is quite representative of Glazunov's technically brilliant style.Like many other concerti, the work contains three movements:
#"Moderato"
#"Andante sostenuto"
#"Allegro"The slow second movement is seamlessly inserted by the composer into the middle of the first movement, which is an original and rare structural peculiarity of this composition. The main cadenza at the end of the first movement was composed by Glazunov himself. It utilizes extensive double-stopping technique and is considered one of the hardest parts of the concerto.The concerto is written as a single continuous 21-minute-long piece and is performed without any pauses between movements.

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