Recorded on 04/24/2007, uploaded on 01/23/2009
Musician's or Publisher's Notes
This is a program of
interesting parallels and circular links. The focus is mid-nineteenth century Paris. We open with
a piece by Wieniawski, the Polish violinist who studied at the Paris
Conservatory and who credits a meeting with Chopin as his inspiration for
pursuing the craft of composition. We then move to Franck, who wrote a piece
for his Belgian compatriot, Ysaÿe. Both composer and performer studied at the
storied Parisian cultural mecca, Ysaÿe as a student of Wieniawski. In cyclic
fashion, the recital closes with a beautiful Nocturne by Chopin. To draw one
final parallel to the International Violin Competition of Indianapolis, we
present our newest Gold Medalist Augustin Hadelich, the recipient of prizes
established under the artistic direction of our founder Josef Gingold, one of
the most famous students of Eugène Ysaÿe.
Franck's single violin sonata is one of the most
important and beloved sonatas in the violin and piano duo repertoire. The work
was written in 1886 in honor of the wedding of Eugène Ysaÿe. Franck's training
was first as a pianist and composer, later as an organist. His award-winning
affinity for fugal writing was further developed during his employment as a
church organist. For thirty years, the improvisations played during the course
of a church service possibly served as the root of his compositional technique
of "cyclic form". Using this technique, thematic material occurs in more than
one movement as a unifying device. The Violin Sonata is unified by three
motives developed in cyclic fashion throughout. Franck closes the sonata with a
sunny Rondo finale which, emphasizing an adept skill in counterpoint, opens
with a theme in perfect canon.
Notes by Catherine Partlow Strauss,
International Violin Competition of Indianapolis
Courtesy of International Music Foundation.
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