Violin Concerto No. 1 (Piston)

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Walter Piston's Concerto No. 1 for Violin and Orchestra was written in 1939 and dedicated to violinist Ruth Posselt.[1] On the 18th of March 1940, Posselt, backed by the National Orchestral Association under Léon Barzin gave the first performance at Carnegie Hall.[2]

Amongst the audience was composer Benjamin Britten, who is quoted as telling Aaron Copland, "there was no composer in England of Piston’s age who could turn out anything so expert.”[1]


The work is in three movements:

  • Allegro energico
  • Andantino molto tranquillo
  • Allegro con spirito

A typical performance will last around 25 minutes.


  1. ^ a b Oja, Carol J. (29 March 2011). "American Symphony Orchestra - Concert Notes: Walter Piston (1894–1976)". American Symphony Orchestra. Retrieved March 2013. 
  2. ^ Ledin, Victor; Ledin, Marina. "Liner Notes to Naxos 8.559003 (Piston: Violin Concertos Nos. 1 and 2 / Fantasia for Violin)". Retrieved March 2013. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Davis, Rachelle Marie. 2004. "Walter Piston's Concerto No. 1 for Violin and Orchestra: Thematic and Motivic Transformation, Style, and Violinistic Issues". DMA dissertation. Austin: University of Texas. ISBN 0-496-74348-1.