Enchantissimo - Fantasy for Violin and Piano

Year of composition
2002
Lyricist
none
Difficulty
Moderate (Grades 4-6)
Duration
3 minutes
Genre
Classical music
Instrumentation
Solo instrument + piano (Solo Violin)
Instrumental parts

This went rather quickly and unexpectedly and was intended for a pre-Halloween completion date, but I didn't quite make it in time.

My aim initially was to write something solo for some string instrument, and try out string type articulations, etc. Perhaps good practice and diversion for my longer Serenade for Strings still in development.

At first I had cello in mind, but this had a violin personality as soon as it started sounded jazzy and spooky. Weird too, because it turns out that the piano part is the more fun of the two. Was a lot of fun to do the stride bass and other piano-ims, as well as the over used few violin tricks, like the slides, or glissandos.

The result is a little romp that I hope is as fun to listen to as it was to compose.

Also, somewhere in my little world, this piece feels sort of like what would happen if Schubert (the melodramatic piano part in Erlkoenig) and Joplin (a rag, the stride bass) scared each other during the afterlife, but were both just learning, or in my case, relearning stuff from previous serious musical study.

A co-worker of mine thought it also sounded klezmer! Cool, I say. Have fun.

Please, please let me know if I have done a disservice to violinists, ie with the tripple stops and quick articulation changes I notated. I could use the pointers on better notation or corrections.

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