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Barber - Violin concerto op.14

Barber - Violin concerto op.14. You can download the PDF sheet music Barber - Violin concerto op.14 on this page. It is unusual in the Barber Concerto, that the two elements are kept entirely separate from one another: the work consists of two gently lyrical movements followed by a finale of unremitting virtuosity. At first sight, the reason for this might appear to be that the two components are separated by the width of the Atlantic and the outbreak of war. The finale was in fact begun in Europe, during a stay in Paris before Barber's embarkation. A more likely explanation of the work's apparent imbalance lies in the circumstances in which the Concerto came into being. It had been commissioned by an American businessman, Samuel Fels.

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Instrument part: 10 pages. 4566 K


Piano part: 33 pages. 2055 K


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The first movement of the Concerto, in G major, is dominated by the long, expressive melody which the soloist unfolds right at the outset. The most important subsidiary idea is a clarinet tune to which has a distinct Scottish flavour. These two themes never lose their identities for very long in the central development section, and after a full recapitulation and a short accompanied cadenza they both figure in the quiet coda. The timpani launch the A minor finale with the triplet rhythms which are maintained almost throughout the movement, mostly — for literally page after page without a break — by the soloist. Barber occasionally suggests a disruption of their progress by throwing in off-beat accents or cross-rhythms in the orchestra, but the only melodic idea which emerges at all clearly is a chirpy little woodwind theme. Apart from this, the movement is all rhythmic drive, and the soloist's final gear-change from triplets to semiquavers (sixteenth-notes) even increases its impetus.


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