Classical Music | Music for Duo

Malcolm Arnold

Waltz, from Five Pieces for Violin and Piano, Op. 84  Play

Duo Figer-Khanina Duo

Recorded on 01/12/2011, uploaded on 06/29/2011

Musician's or Publisher's Notes

Malcolm Arnold’s compositions include nine symphonies, ballets, one musical, over twenty concertos, 132 film scores, and chamber music; his score for “Bridge on the River Kwai” won a 1958 Oscar.  

The Five Pieces for Violin and Piano were written in 1964 for Yehudi Menuhin to play as encores during his American tour. The pieces are short and contrasting in character. The first is a Prelude, a very energetic piece with a constant dialogue between violin and piano. It is followed by an Aubade, which means a poem or a song about lovers separating at dawn. Usually an Aubade is gentle and slow, but this one is very different. The third piece is a romantic waltz, the fourth a ballade with a beautiful melody in the violin, and the final piece is a jazz-influenced moto perpetuo movement that pays tribute to Charlie Parker.