Gavotte con due Variazioni
Minuetto e Finale
This setting for violin and piano is Stravinsky’s second arrangement of this music, derived from his ballet Pulcinella. In it, young lovers flirt and dance, to Pulcinella’s eventual dismay. He must win over his girlfriend, who saw him kissing another woman, by staging his own death and resurrection, which culminates in a double wedding.
Andante dolce. Tema con variazioni
Con brio. Allegro precipitato
This difficult work was commissioned to be played in unison by violin students.
Lento doloroso – Allegro vivace
A young Grieg penned this sonata on his honeymoon. Criticized for being “too Norwegian” when presented to his teacher, Grieg declared that his next violin sonata would be even more Norwegian.