Violin Concerto

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Opis materiału
  • Composer:Krzysztof Penderecki
  • Original title: Koncert skrzypcowy
  • year of completion: 1963
  • instrumentation: violin solo, orchestra
  • Premiere: Zagreb, 14.05.1963, Tomasz Michalak – violin, Chamber Ensemble of the Cracow Philharmonic, Andrzej Markowski – conductor
Penderecki wrote his first violin concerto in winter and spring 1963, preparing it for the first performance in Zagreb, then in Yugoslavia. Soon after the premiere, however, he withdrew the composition, dissatisfied with the final artistic result. His unfavourable attitude was likely enhanced by the reticence of critics. As he had not taken part in the concert, he did not hear his new work. We can only imagine now what that composition may have sounded like. Reviewers were surprised by the unintended pastiche effect generated by the first performance, as Penderecki treated his favourite instrument in two radically different ways: in a traditional, melodic manner, then in alternate sections using unconventional techniques of sound production. Fragments of the solo part did get a second chance, though, when Penderecki utilized them in the Capriccio for violin and orchestra.