One of my biggest passions is the violin, I have played since I was a kid and I currently play in several groups, both orchestra and chamber music.
In several occasions, I’ve been asked to play something for friends and family and this always puts me in a tough spot. There is no time for warm up, no accompanying instrument and not everyone appreciates Bach pieces for solo violin (or other such works for the instrument)… This really restricts what I can do! So, I recently decided, just for fun, to start arranging some pieces I like to be played for these occasions. In this page I will post the video/audio/scores for the pieces I arrange, as well as some concert recordings. Enjoy!
Danse Macabre by Camille Saint-Saëns
For Halloween 2019, I arranged the Danse Macabre by Camille Saint-Saëns, which is an original piece for orchestra, which the composer also arranged for violin and piano. The piece was composed around an old French legend, which said that on the night of Halloween, at the stroke of midnight, Death called on the dead, to rise from their graves and dance at the tune of her violin until the crack of dawn.
I made a video of the piece that you can find below, in which I try to reproduce the ambiance that the piece deserves. Needless to say, this was my Halloween outfit this year 🙂
Sheet music for the solo violin arrangement:
Hebrew Melody by Joseph Achron
This is a little-known piece that I first encountered over 10 years ago in The Legacy of Cremona, a book + cd where Ruggiero Ricci explores the sound of violins made by modern Cremona luthiers. This piece is said to have been one of Jasha Heifetz‘s favourite encores and I have been in love with it ever since I first heard it. I was recently able to play it at a Palo Alto Philharmonic chamber music concert.