Violin Concerto (Higdon)

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Jennifer Higdon's Concerto for Violin and Orchestra was written in 2008. The work was jointly commissioned by the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, and the Curtis Institute of Music.[1] It was written for and premiered by violinist Hilary Hahn, and was later awarded a 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Music.[2][3][4]


The concerto consists of three movements:

  1. 1726 - named after the address of the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, 1726 Locust Street, where Higdon is a professor. The movement features a lot of simultaneous sevenths, seconds, and sixths, allowing the violinist to showcase great manual dexterity
  2. Chaconni - a very lyrical movement, it allows the soloist to perform in duets and trios with various instruments
  3. Fly Forward - a very fast paced movement, Higdon imagined violinist Hilary Hahn racing in the Olympics as she was composing the piece


  1. ^ Higdon, Jennifer (2008). Violin Concerto: Program Note. Retrieved August 2, 2015.
  2. ^ Huizenga, Tom (April 12, 2010). "Jennifer Higdon Wins Music Pulitzer". NPR. Retrieved September 16, 2010. 
  3. ^ Schweitzer, Vivien (April 21, 2010). "Despite Anxiety and Naysayers, Composer Wins Her Pulitzer". The New York Times. Retrieved May 12, 2015. 
  4. ^ Berger, Kevin (March 25, 2012). "Composer Jennifer Higdon pursues friendly music". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved May 12, 2015. 

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