Concerto for Violin and Orchestra

Hugh Aitken

Duration: 00:21:00
Publisher: Elkan-Vogel, Inc.
Print Status: Rental

Quick Overview

My father was a violinist, so I grew up with the sound of the instrument and its literature. He was finding it difficult to make a living as a musician ? these were the days of the Great Depression ? so he did not give me lessons, not wanting to encourage me toward unrenumerative a profession. This did not prevent me, however, from energetically conducting the Heifetz and other great recordings of the standard concerti in my living room. It was probably at that time I secretly vowed that some day I would make my own contribution to the literature. As I do not play it, I try to show my love for the violin by the way I write for it: I do not choose to add to the list of works in which the players and their instruments seem to be antagonists.

Beyond saying that there are three connected movements, I will not burden you with descriptions of the music, as I trust the piece can speak for itself.

Additional Information

Commission Commisioned by the 92nd Street Y.
Orchestration Solo Vln.; 2 2 2 2 - 2 2 0 0; Timp. Str.
Premiere First performed by the Y Chamber Symphony, Gerard Schwartz conducting, February 15, 1986. Violin soloist Elmar Oliveria