The Symphonie espagnole for violin and orchestra, perhaps Lalo’s best-known composition, is found in the repertoire of violinists everywhere. The première on 7 February 1875 was greeted by storms of applause from the Parisian audience and marked Lalo’s breakthrough. He wrote the work for his friend Pablo de Sarasate, who played it at his concerts and quickly made it known throughout Europe. This edition is the first to make use of Lalo’s autograph manuscripts.
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Édouard Lalo (1823–1892) wrote a total of four multi-movement works for violin and orchestra. Only two of them, however, were expressly labelled concertos: the first, Concerto pour violon et orchestre, op. 20 (1873), and the fourth, Concerto russe pour violon et orchestre, op. 29 (1879). For the other two he resorted to generic terms, either emphasizing the symphonic aspect … more
About the composer
A French composer and violinist. Musically he felt drawn to German traditions, which is reflected in his compositions; but at the same time his works demonstrate predilections for rhythmic quirks and folkloric elements. His output includes violin concerti, song cycles, symphonies, operas, and chamber music. He was a member of the Société Nationale de Musique.
|1823||Born in Lille on January 27.|
|from 1833||Studies violin with Joseph Müller and composition with Pierre Baumann at the Lille Conservatoire.|
|around 1839||Takes private violin lessons in Paris, including with François-Antoine Habeneck.|
|around 1845||He becomes a pupil of Julius Schulhoff and Joseph-Eugène Crèvecœur.|
|1848||Cofounder of a politically-oriented union of musicians supporting the revolution.|
|1849||Hired by the orchestra of the Opéra-Comique.|
|1850||Under the baton of Hector Berlioz he plays in concerts of the Grande Société Philharmonique.|
|1850–56||He writes chamber works including the two Piano Trios, op. 7 and without opus number, and the Sonata for Violin and Piano, op. 12.|
|1856||On January 30, the Quatuor Armingaud makes its debut in Paris with Lalo on second violin.|
|1865||On July 6 he marries for a second time, to contralto Julie Bernier de Maligny, who inspires him to compose songs.|
|1874||He writes his Violin Concerto no. 2 in D major, op. 21 (“Symphonie espagnole”), dedicated to Pablo de Sarasate.|
|1878||The Institut de France honors him with the Prix Chartier.|
|around 1881||He composes the commissioned ballet “Namouna.”|
|1888||His opera “Le roi d’Ys” is performed for the first time in Paris.|
|1892||Dies in Paris on April 23.|
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As befits this publishing house, the piano reduction and solo violin part are carefully edited with attention to detail and phrasing and fingering suggestions are idiomatic.
The Symphonie Espagnole … is one of four major orchestral works. … This edition is a reduction for piano and violin and is based on an autographed copy dated the same year as the original orchestral version.
Was die Ausgabe auf jeden Fall empfehlenswert macht, ist, daß die Fingersätze von Kurt Guntner auf sehr umsichtige Weise auf den heutigen Stand der Violintechnik gebracht wurden, wie sie sich seit Galamian & Co. weltweit durchgesetzt hat. Denn dieses Werk liegt so gut in der Hand, daß zumindest die ersten drei Sätze vom griffsicheren Liebhaber mit Genuß bewältigt werden können. Und den sollte man sich doch nicht entgehen lassen.