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Martinu - Violin concerto N2

Martinu - Violin concerto N2. You can download the PDF sheet music Martinu - Violin concerto N2 on this page. The Violin Concerto No 2 H293 is different in every respect from the 1st concerto, stylistically and in terms of its fate. It was commissioned by Mischa Elman (1891-1967), a famous American violinist of Ukrainian origin. Elman gave his Berlin and London debuts before the composer even entered the Conservatory in Prague. In early January 1943 Elman visited the composer and asked him to write a violin concerto for him. Martinu composed the concerto in just two months, from 23 February to 26 April 1943, in his home in New-York City. The work's main characteristics recall the qualities of Elman's playing, his unique sound, preference for noble and elegant melodies, exceptional feeling for the sonority, love of slow tempos, and his rich use of rubato and portamento.

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Violin part: 12 pages. 5681 K


Piano part: 33 pages. 10735 K


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The definitive form complies with concerto structure. The second part is a sort of point of rest, a bridge progressing towards the final Poco allegro. It is an intermezzo moderato, almost bucolic, accompanied by only a part of the orchestra and progressing attacca into the finale, which is Poco allegro. This movement favours the technique of the violin, which is interrupted by broad and massive tutti passages. The concerto ends with a sort of stretto, Allegro. In his general thoughts on violin concertos of the past that follows, Martinu distinguishes several types of use of the solo violin.
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