Elements of Spanish folklore dominate in Sarasate’s compositions, but several prominent works also use typical melodies and dances of other countries. Alongside the “Zigeunerweisen”, the “Introduction et Tarentelle” numbers among the most popular representatives of this group: Sarasate erected here an enduring monument to the tarantella, the fiery southern Italian dance. The version for violin and piano was composed first in 1899; a year later, Sarasate made the version for violin and orchestra. For this first Urtext edition, all of the preserved autograph sources were consulted. Augustin Hadelich undertook the marking of the virtuoso violin part for G. Henle Publishers.
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Pablo de Sarasate
A violinist and composer from Spain. During his childhood he already rose to become a celebrated virtuoso whose precise playing was described as brilliant and having a beautiful tonal quality. He was the dedicatee of world-famous violin concerti including Max Bruch’s Violin Concerto No. 2, op. 44. He himself wrote works for orchestra, including fantasies on operatic themes, as well as salon and chamber music. His musical language is characterized by folk elements.
|1844||Born in Pamplona on March 10. His father, the director of a military band, fosters his musical education. A child prodigy, he makes his debut as a violinist at approximately eight years of age. He studies in Madrid with Manuel Rodríquez.|
|1856||With the support of the Spanish court he studies violin at the Paris Conservatoire under Jean-Delphin Alard and harmony with Napoléon-Henri Reber.|
|1857||He is awarded the Conservatoire’s first prize in violin.|
|1858||He wins the Conservatoire’s first prize in harmony.|
|from 1860||Up to 200 concerts per year take him throughout Europe, Russia, the United States, and South America. His repertoire includes the violin concerti of Beethoven and Mendelssohn. He also increasingly focuses on chamber music.|
|1908||Dies in Biarritz on September 20.|