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JJPierce

Miklos Rozsa's Violin Concerto

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4VTqGpdt2og

Same Hollywood generation as Korngold; this concerto was composed in 1953-54 specifically for Heifitz, who, according to Rozsa's Wikipedia entry, collaborated on "fine-tuning" it. Very romantic, and also very Hungarian -- I could tell that from first hearing it, being familiar with Zoltan Kodaly and Bela Bartok. One of those pattern recognition things, like knowing the difference between a waltz and a tango even if you can't put it into words.

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4VTqGpdt2og

Same Hollywood generation as Korngold; this concerto was composed in 1953-54 specifically for Heifitz, who, according to Rozsa's Wikipedia entry, collaborated on "fine-tuning" it. Very romantic, and also very Hungarian -- I could tell that from first hearing it, being familiar with Zoltan Kodaly and Bela Bartok. One of those pattern recognition things, like knowing the difference between a waltz and a tango even if you can't put it into words.

Thanks, JJPierce -- yet another Playlist for me to create! I'm a big fan of Rozsa's music and this piece, particularly this recording of Heifitz' fabulous performance, is no exception to that.

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