List of solo violin pieces

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This is a non exhaustive compilation of pieces for solo violin. See also the entries on violin and the List of compositions for violin and orchestra and list of compositions for violin and piano.

Ordering is by surname of composer.

A[edit]

  • Anonymous
    • "Jeux interdits", Spanish Ballad, for Violin solo (transcription: Ruggiero Ricci)

B[edit]

  • Grażyna Bacewicz
    • Sonata for solo violin (1929) -early work, no number-
    • Sonata No. 1, for solo violin (1941)
    • Sonata No. 2, for solo violin (1958)
  • George Benjamin
    • Three Miniatures, for solo violin (2001)
      • 1. A Lullaby for Lalit
      • 2. A Canon for Sally
      • 3. Lauer Lied
  • Paul Ben-Haim (b. Paul Frankenburger)
    • Sonata in G major, for violin solo
  • Charles Harold Bernstein
    • Rhapsodie Israélienne, for solo violin (1984)
    • Romantic Suite, for solo violin (1984)
      • I. A huit heure
      • II. La commande
      • III. Presto ma non troppo
      • IV. Poème trascendental
  • Ernest Bloch
    • Suite No. 1, for solo violin (1958)
    • Suite No. 2, for solo violin (1958)
  • Stephen Brown
    • "Four Romances and a Lunch", 5 movements for solo violin (2005)
    • "Takkakaw Falls", Suite (No. 1) for solo violin (2003, 2004)
    • "There Was a Lady in the East", Suite (No. 2) for solo violin (2007)

C[edit]

  • John Cage
    • "Cheap Imitation" (1977)
    • "Chorals" (1978) -from Erik Satie's Douze petits chorals-
    • "Eight Whiskus" (1985)
    • "One6" (1990)
    • "One10" (1992)
    • Freeman Etudes
      • Book 1 & 2, (Etudes No. 1-16) (1980)
      • Book 3 & 4, (Etudes No. 17-32) (1990)
  • Elliott Carter
    • "Four Lauds", for solo violin
      • I. Statement - Remembering Aaron (1999)
      • II. Riconoscenza per Goffredo Petrassi (1984)
      • III. Rhapsodic Musings (2000)
      • IV. Fantasy - Remembering Roger (1999)
  • John Corigliano
    • "The Red Violin" Caprices, for solo violin (1999)
    • "Stomp", for solo violin (2010) -employs scordatura tuning-

D[edit]

E[edit]

  • Heinrich Wilhelm Ernst
    • 6 Études à plusieurs parties (6 Polyphonic Studies / 6 mehrstimmige Studien) for Violin Solo (publ. 1864)
      • 1. in F Major
      • 2. in A Major
      • 3. in E Major
      • 4. in C Major
      • 5. in Eb Major
      • 6. Variations de concert sur l’air irlandaise ‘The Last Rose of Summer’ in G Major
    • Grand Caprice on Schubert's 'Der Erlkönig, D.328', Op.26 (1854) -transcription for solo violin-
  • Iván Erőd
    • Drei Stücke für Violine solo op.27 (1979)
    • GeburtstagsPRÄSENT dem treuen Freund GErHArD o.op. (2007)

F[edit]

  • Richard Flury (1896-1967)
    • 10 Capricen für solo violine (1950/52)
  • Jean Françaix
    • Theme and 8 Variations, for violin solo (1980) -dedicated to Michael Goldstein-

G[edit]

H[edit]

  • Karl Amadeus Hartmann
    • 2 Sonatas for unaccompanied violin (1927)
    • 2 Suites for Unaccompanied violin (1927)
  • Paul Hindemith
    • Sonata for Solo Violin, Op. 31/1 (1924)
    • Sonata for Solo Violin, Op. 31/2 (1924)

K[edit]

  • Fritz Kreisler
    • Recitative and Scherzo-Caprice Op.6, for violin solo (1910)
  • Ernst Krenek
    • Sonata No. 1 for solo violin, Op.33 (1925)
    • Sonata No. 2 for solo violin, Op.115 (1948)

L[edit]

  • Yury Levitin
    • Variations on a theme by Glinka (collaborative work by Shostakovich, Kabalevsky, et al.) Op.45
  • Franz Liszt
    • Sonata in B minor for solo violin (transcription: Noam Sivan, 2007) [1]
    • Mephisto Valse No.1 "Der Tanz in der Dorfschenke", S. 514 (LW A189) for violin solo (arr. Nathan Milstein)

M[edit]

  • Jean Martinon
    • Sonatina No. 5, for solo violin, Op.32/1 (1942)
    • Sonatina No. 6, for solo violin (1958)
  • Ernst Hermann Meyer
    • 6 Preludes for solo violin (1966/1973):
      • No.1 - Allegro
      • No.2 - Adagio
      • No.3 - Allegro assai
      • No.4 - Andantino liberamente
      • No.5 - Allegro
      • No.6 - Andante sempre un poco rubato
  • Konstantin G. Mostras
    • Esquisse No. 2 (published in Strad magazine, 2006)
    • Caprice (Recitativ and Toccata)

N[edit]

  • Carl Nielsen
    • Praeludium og Tema med Variationer, Op. 48, FS.104 (1923)
    • Preludio e Presto, Op. 52, FS.128 (1927/28)

P[edit]

  • Niccolò Paganini
    • Sonata for solo violin, in C major MS.6 "Duo merveille" (1805/08)
    • 24 caprices for violin, in the form of études (1818 ant.)
    • "God Save The King" Variations on the English national anthem, Op.9, MS.56 (1829)
    • Caprice d'adieu (Farewell Caprice) (1833 c.)
    • 60 Variations on the Genoese folksong "Barucabà" Op.14, MS.71 for violin solo (1835)
      • Part 1: Tema, in A major, with 20 Variations
      • Part 2: Tema, in C major, with 20 Variations
      • Part 3: Tema, in D major, with 20 Variations
  • Paolo Pessina (b.1969)[4]
    • Divertimento Op. 3 for violin solo (1994) [5]
      • I. Preludio
      • II. Ciaccona
      • III. Capriccio
      • IV. Danzante
      • V. Variazioni (Thema - Var.I-XIV - Fuga)
    • Suite No.2, in D minor, a Violino solo senza basso (2010/11)
      • I. Prelude
      • II. Double en Courant
      • III. Saraband
      • IV. Valse perdu
      • V. Rigodon
  • Zoltan Paulinyi
    • Entre Serras e Cerrado (1995)
    • Flausiniana (1996)
    • Abstrato (2003)
    • Acalanto No. 1 (2003)

R[edit]

  • Max Reger
    • (4) Violin solo Sonatas, Op. 42 (1900)
      • No. 1 D minor (I.Allegro energico; II. Adagio con gran expressione; III. Scherzo. Prestissimo assai; IV. Fuge. Allegro energico)
      • No. 2 A major (I. Allegro con grazia; II. Andantino; III. Prestissimo. Scherzando)
      • No. 3 B minor (I. Pesante. Allegro; II. Canon. Andante semplice; III. Gigue. Prestissimo; IV. Vivacissimo à la Capriccio)
      • No. 4 G minor (I. Sostenuto - Fuge. Allegro energico; II. Scherzo. Allegretto con grazia; III. Chaconne. Andante con moto)
    • Prelude and Fugue for Violin, A minor, Oh.Op. (1902)
    • (7) Sonatas for Violin Solo, Op. 91 (1905)
      • No. 1 A minor (I. Grave; II. Vivace; III. Andate sostenuto; IV. Allegro energico)
      • No. 2 D major (I. Allegro moderato; II. Larghetto; III. Vivacissimo)
      • No. 3 B flat major (I. Allegro moderato; II. Scherzo. Prestissimo; III. Vivace)
      • No. 4 B minor (I. Allegro energico; II. Larghetto; III. Vivace; IV. Allegro energico)
      • No. 5 E minor (I. Allegro moderato; II. Con moto; III. Larghetto; IV. Allegro energico)
      • No. 6 G major (I. Allegro commodo; II. Allegretto; III. Andante; IV. Vivacissimo)
      • No. 7 A minor (I. Allegro energico; II. Scherzo. Vivace; III. Chaconne. Grave)
    • (8) Preludes, Fugues and Chaconne, for Solo Violin, Op. 117 (1909/12)
      • No. 1 B minor
      • No. 2 G minor
      • No. 3 E minor
      • No. 4 G minor (Chaconne)
      • No. 5 G major -on themes by J.S.Bach-
      • No. 6 D minor
      • No. 7 A minor
      • No. 8 E minor
    • (6) Preludes and Fugues for Solo Violin, Op. 131a (1914)
      • No. 1 A minor
      • No. 2 D minor
      • No. 3 G major
      • No. 4 G minor
      • No. 5 D major
      • No. 6 E minor
    • Prelude for Violin, E minor, Oh.Op. (1915)

S[edit]

  • Leon de Saint-Lubin
    • Fantasy on sextet "Chi mi frena in tal momento" from Donizetti's "Lucia di Lammermoor", for violin solo, in D major Op.46 (1844)
  • Alfred Schnittke
    • Fuga for solo violin, -Moderato- (1953)
    • Prelude "in memoriam Dmitri Shostakovich", for violin and tape (1975)
    • "A Paganini" for solo violin, -Andante- (1982)
  • Salvatore Sciarrino
    • 6 Capricci for solo violin (1975/76)
      • I. Vivace
      • II. Andante
      • III. Assai agitato
      • IV. Volubile
      • V. Presto
      • VI. Con brio
  • Rodion Shchedrin
    • "Echo Sonata", for solo violin (1984) -Written for the 300th Anniversary of J.S. Bach's birth. First performance on 27 June 1985 in Cologne by Ulf Hoelscher-
    • "Balalaika", for violin solo (1997) -For Maxim Vengerov. First performance on 29 March 1999 in Budapest by Maxim Vengerov-
    • "Variations and Theme", for violin solo (1998) -Composed for the 4th International Violin Competition "Leopold Mozart" in Augsburg. First performance on 21 November 1999 in Augsburg-
    • "Duo", for violin solo (2000)
  • Nikos Skalkottas
    • Sonata for Solo Violin, AK 69 (1925)
      • I. Allegro furioso, quasi presto
      • II. Adagietto
      • III. Allegro ritmato
      • IV. Adagio quasi recitativo - Allegro molto moderato - Adagio quasi recitativo
  • Igor Stravinsky
    • Elegy, for solo violin or viola (Élégie) in G minor (1944) -"to Germain Prevost" violist of Quatuour Pro Arte, in memory of the ensemble's leader Alphonse Onnou.-

T[edit]

  • Giuseppe Tartini
    • 30 Sonate "piccole" per violino solo (from "Padua manuscript", 1750/55):[7]
      • Sonata No. 1, in G major (I. Molto andante; II. Allegro cantabile; III. Allegro; IV. Giga)
      • Sonata No. 2, in D minor (I. Siciliana; II. Allegro; III. Allegro affettuoso)
      • Sonata No. 3, in D Major (I. Andante cantabile; II. Allegro; III. Giga; IV. Allegro assai)
      • Sonata No. 4, in C major (I. Andante cantabile; II. Allegro assai; III. Grave; IV. Presto)
      • Sonata No. 5, in F major (I. Andante cantabile; II. Allegro; III. Allegro assai; IV. Il tormento di questo cuore)
      • Sonata No. 6, in E minor (I. Andante cantabile "senti lo mare"; II. Allegro cantabile; III. Giga)
      • Sonata No. 7, in A minor (I. Adagio; II. Allegro; III. Tema con variazione; IV. [Allegro assai])
      • Sonata No. 8, in G minor (I. Andante; II. Allegro; III. Affettuoso; IV. Allegro assai)
      • Sonata No. 9, in A major (I. Largo andante; II. Allegro; III. Allegro; IV. Allegro assai; V. Menuet)
      • Sonata No. 10, in B flat major (I. Largo; II. Allegro; III. Subito affettuoso; IV. Menuet)
      • Sonata No. 11, in E major (I. Andante cantabile; II. Allegro; III. [Siciliana]; IV. Menuet; V. Allegro assai)
      • Sonata No. 12, in G major (I. Tasso; II. Grave "Il tormento di quest'anima"; III. Canzone Veneziana; IV. "Quanto mai felici siete"; V. Tema con Variazioni)
      • Sonata No. 13, in B minor (I. Andante; II. Allegro assai; III. Giga; IV. Allegro affettuoso)
      • Sonata No. 14, in G major (I. Andante cantabile; II. Allegro assai; III. Andante cantabile; IV. Allegro)
      • Sonata No. 15, in G major (I. Grave; II. Allegro; III. Allegro)
      • Sonata No. 16
      • Sonata No. 17, in D major (I. Andante cantabile; II. Allegro assai; III. Aria del Tasso; IV. Furlana)
      • Sonata No. 18
      • Sonata No. 19
      • Sonata No. 20
      • Sonata No. 21
      • Sonata No. 22
      • Sonata No. 23
      • Sonata No. 24, in D major
      • Sonata No. 25
      • Sonata No. 26 (27)
      • Sonata No. 27
      • Sonata No. 28
      • Sonata No. 29
      • Sonata No. 30

V[edit]

  • Flausino Vale
    • 26 Preludes for solo violin
      • No. 15, "Ao pe da fogueira" (arr. J. Heifetz for violin and piano)
    • Variações sobre a canção "Paganini", for violin solo (from Operetta "Paganini" by Franz Lehár - to Jascha Heifetz)

W[edit]

  • Henryk Wieniawski
    • "L’École Moderne", 10 Études-Caprices for Violin Solo, Op.10 (1854)
      • 1. Le Sautillé
      • 2. La Vélocité
      • 3. L’étude
      • 4. Le Staccato
      • 5. Alla Saltarella
      • 6. Prélude
      • 7. La Cadenza
      • 8. Le Chant du bivouac
      • 9. Les Arpéges - Variations on the Austrian Hymn
      • 10. Exercices en trilles

X[edit]

Y[edit]

  • Eugène Ysaÿe
    • 6 Sonatas for Solo Violin, Op. 27 (1924)
      • No. 1, G minor, "Joseph Szigeti"
      • No. 2, A minor, "Jacques Thibaud"
      • No. 3, D minor, "Georges Enescu"
      • No. 4, E minor, "Fritz Kreisler"
      • No. 5, G major, "Mathieu Crickboom"
      • No. 6, E major, "Manuel Quiroga"
  • Isang Yun
    • "Koenigliches Thema" for violin solo (1976)
    • "Li-Na im Garten", Five Pieces for violin solo (1984/85)
    • "Kontraste", Two Pieces for violin solo (1987)

Z[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.worldcat.org/title/introduction-and-allegro-for-solo-violin-ltedited-by-ivry-gitlisgt/oclc/498148650
  2. ^ http://giladhochman.com/audio/variations.htm
  3. ^ http://ovationpress.com/p-155-la-cumparsita.aspx
  4. ^ Paolo Pessina - composer, conductor (website)
  5. ^ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zim0iIM_7Ck
  6. ^ Hermann Markus Preßl, YLOP
  7. ^ "Tartini: 30 Piccole Sonate", by Peter Sheppard Skaerved, 2010
  8. ^ Melia Watras (website)