Cadenzas for Mozart Violin Concerto No.4


Year of composition
Moderate (Grades 4-6)
4 minutes
Modern classical music
Solo instrument (Solo Violin)
Instrumental parts
Not available

From the early beginnigs of solo concertos, the soloist would have a section within the piece all by himself. Quasi an improvisation or comment on the piece being heard. Most of the times these short segments were of extreme virtuosic nature and could showcase the talents of the composer/performer even more.Most composers performed their own cadenzas ( Mozart, Beethoven, Rachmaninoff ), also many famous violinists wrote their own material ( Joachim, Kreisler, Vieuxtemps, Ysaye). Although most performers/students will play the Joachim Cadenzas for the Mozart Violin Concertos I’d like to point out that there are many other options available. The Cadenzas and Introductions below were commissioned by my colleague and friend Matthias Babl, who also premiered the pieces in context. With a slight modern compositional approach they attempt to stay within the elegant and spirited world of Mozart and add a contemporary touch.

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