Today’s piece was written by French composer Édouard Lalo. It’s called Symphonie espagnole in D minor, Op. 21. It’s one of the hardest pieces for the violin, if you ask me. I’ve played a bit of the first movement and had a lot of trouble with the rhythms and some of the extremely high notes. Here’s a bit about it.
- Lalo wrote this piece in 1874 for Spanish violinist Pablo de Sarasote, who was also a composer. It’s one of Lalo’s most-performed pieces today.
- According to musical legend, this piece inspired Tchaikovsky to write his own violin concerto. While living in Switzerland, he became acquainted with the piece through a pupil who brought it back from Europe—and the rest, as they say, was history.
- Though Lalo was French, the piece is called Spanish Symphony. In this era, Spanish-themed music was very in vogue, so it has many Spanish motifs throughout.
Enjoy! The first movement is my favorite, so at least listen to that. 🙂
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