Tchaikovsky's "Violin Concerto"

In the summer of 1877, Tchaikovsky was on the verge of mental collapse from a life of disguise and a failed marriage. His brother, Modeste came to his rescue and they left for Switzerland and settled on Lake Geneva.

That was exactly what Tchaikovsky needed to keep his sanity, so he soon started working on a new composition. Then he got a visit from one of his ex students, Joseph Kotek who was a talented violinist. Motivated, Tchaikovsky begun working on a piece for a violin and completed it in within a very short period of time.

At the completion of the composition, Tchaikovsky sent the manuscript to a colleague violinist of his to have it premiered. Unfortunately, not only his friend passed on it as unplayable, he influenced other violinists’ opinion about it too.

Three years later, another colleague of Tchaikovsky at the Moscow Conservatory, took the challenge and premiered it in Vienna. Although, the initial critic was not favorable, it soon started getting raving reviews from the public as well as musicians.

Although, this violin concerto is considered one of the most technically challenging, it is easy to listen to. It is melodic and simply beautiful.

****We meet in the lobby, to the left side at 7:30.

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  • Mark

    I have come down with a cold and will not be able to attend this evening's DSO concert.

    January 12, 2013

  • Abraham L

    What is the cost of this event per person? I guess I can look it up online.

    1 · January 10, 2013

    • Mark

      DSO tickets vary quite a bit depending on what section you choose to sit in. Everyone buys their own ticket. And of course you get a better deal if you buy a package.

      January 10, 2013

    • Abraham L

      Thanks Mark!

      January 11, 2013

  • Beth

    This is a performance I did not want to miss. Unfortunately I will be traveling to overseas for the next 6 weeks. Mark, the co-organizer will host the event. Enjoy it.

    December 13, 2012

    • Mark

      Have a great trip overseas, Beth. We will miss you.

      December 14, 2012

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