solo violin with sinfonietta [1111 1110 pc pno strings] (about 15 minutes)
Concerto for Violin and Sinfonietta (1998) was written for David Borishansky. David and I met as undergraduate students at the Cleveland Institute of Music, where he performed several of my compositions, including a series of violin duets that I wrote for both him and violinist Chad Peiper. We also collaborated as performers, often as members of a string quartet. Since I first heard David perform, I wanted to write a concerto for him. I composed this work to display David's musical passion, lyricism, and technical agility, while writing an exciting and intense piece.
The work is in three movements. The first movement develops from the opening violin solo. The second movement is a lyrical passacaglia, beginning with the ostinato in the contrabass and bassoon. The final movement is a five-part rondo, ending with a flurry of technical virtuosity.
Score and parts available for purchase from J.W. Pepper.