Johannes Brahms ~ Hungarian Dances
Henryk Wieniawski ~ Violin Concerto No. 2, mvt. 3
performed by 17-year-old Nikolai Robbins
George Enescu ~ Romanian Rhapsodie No. 1
Béla Bartók ~ Romanian Folk Dances
Ludwig van Beethoven ~ Symphony No. 7
The pieces in our October concerts are filled with rhythmic energy. If you look at the names of the works, you may see a theme emerge.
Two of the pieces, by Brahms and Bartók, have the word "dance" in their titles.Those are easy to identify as offering music of the dance.
The third movement of the Wieniawski violin concerto is a dashing rondo in the gypsy style. That's a dance, for sure! The name of the movement is 'Allegro con fuoco-Allegro moderato (à la Zingara).' Zingara is Italian for "gypsy woman." There is also this intriguing definition:
, a Romanian composer, based his rhapsodies on folk tunes. In the one we are playing, he took a tune that is introduced slowly in the violins, then "as the work progresses, this tune grows faster and livelier to climax in a vibrant whirling folk dance." from Wikipedia
So, come prepared to tap your toes at this concert of lively and engaging European dance music!