Wednesday Music: Saint-Saëns’ ‘Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso’

This piece is another discovery through Pandora. I love Pandora, even though the iPad app has been acting a bit… funny recently. (Seriously, it keeps giving me a weird message about buffering in the middle of my music, which I don’t understand because I have really fast internet.) Still, though, my devotion to Pandora is strong enough that I plan on sticking with it and not switching to Spotify. I’m probably one of the few people in America who has never used Spotify. All my friends find this funny. I guess I enjoy being a rebel, though.

Anyway, back to the music. Today’s piece called Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso in A Minor, Op. 28, written by French composer Camille Saint-Saëns. It’s written for violin and orchestra. Here’s a bit about it.

  • Saint-Saëns wrote this piece for Spanish virtuoso violinist Pablo de Sarasate. Sarasate was very well-known during his career and also composed ridiculously hard music, including the dread Zigeunerweisen (Gypsy Airs). It’s not a dreadful piece to listen to, but it’s very hard to play.
  • Saint-Saëns wrote this in 1863. It’s strange to think that as he was writing it, the Civil War was going on in the United States.
  • Saint-Saëns originally intended this piece to be the final movement of his Violin Concerto No. 1, but for some reason he didn’t use it and instead it’s played as a separate piece by itself.


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