Updated: Jan 7
One particular composer for the violin I recommend to listen to is violin composer Pablo de Sarasate.
Born in Pamplona, North Spain in the Navarra province. Sarasate brought Spanish style music to the forefront of the Classical repertoire which served as inspiration for a lot of following composers. Saint Saens Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso, Lalo Symphonie Espagnole, Bizet Carmen which filtered through to later composers including Ravel.
Born in a city famous for the San Fermines festival with bulls charging through the streets into the bullfighting ring, Sarasate developed as a violinist just as fast at a very young age. Allegedly the first time he picked up the violin was to play a passage his father had struggled to play. By age eight his first concert was at A Coruña which led to funded lessons with Manuel Rodriguez Saez in Madrid. He caught the attention of Queen Isabella II and since after studied in the Paris Conservatoire at the age of twelve.
As playwright George Bernard Shaw said that the composer left criticism gasping miles behind him. Also Shaw noted there were many composers for violin but very few composers of violin music. This is particularly true where orchestral and piano music were more prominent in the Romantic period. Chopin and Liszt are native to the piano just as Paganini, Wieniawski and Sarasate are to the violin.
Sarasate wrote a lot of fun and exciting music, especially Aires Bohemios (Zigeunerweisen) for violin and orchestra. Spanish dances based on traditional music such as Zapateado and the Jota dedicated to a few places. One particular piece Introduction and Tarantella is a standard and a particular favourite I am currently setting to do in an upcoming recital.
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