Wieniawski Polonaise Brillante No. 2 (Endre Granat, ed.)
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Henryk Wieniawski (1835-1880), celebrated virtuoso violinist and composer, completed his Polonaise No. 2 at the zenith of his career in 1869. The work is scored for solo violin accompanied by either piano or orchestra.
This virtuoso piece showcases the bowing that Wieniawski perfected. The playing of many fast, short and accented notes on one bow stroke is called the Wieniawski staccato. The slow midsection in F major contains some of Wieniawski’s most lyrical themes. Double stops, trills conclude this irresistible work.
The signed and dated (1869) manuscript found its home in the library of Jascha Heifetz. As a member of Mr. Heifetz’s studio I studied this work with the Master. The instructions and demonstrations of this performing genius are forever etched in my memory.
This Critical Urtext Edition is based on the composer’s manuscript and the first printed edition (Schott 1875).
Notes by Endre Granat
Handel Passacaglia for Two Violins (Stephen Shipps/ Endre Granat, eds.)
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Outside of his native Norway, Johan Halvorsen (1864-1935) is known internationally only for his arrangement of Handel’s Harpsichord Suite. The Passacaglia is performed as a mainstay of Duo programs in his arrangements for both Violin/Viola and Violin/Cello. Jascha Heifetz established these duos in the standard literature by playing and recording countless performances with William Primrose and Gregor Piatigorsky.
As the Editors researched the Heifetz Collection, which is housed at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., we discovered the manuscript that becomes the basis of this new edition. Mr. Heifetz composed a new arrangement of the Passacaglia for Two Violins dated 1920 with his revision in 1966. We are pleased to have the opportunity of publishing this arrangement for the first time and we believe this brilliant arrangement will take its rightful place alongside the Viola and Cello versions as the new foundation of the Violin Duo repertoire.
Notes by Stephen Shipps