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Lalo composed the Symphonie espagnole in for the violinist Pablo de Sarasate, who introduced the work in Paris on February 7, The score calls for. Edouard Lalo. Symphonie espagnole, for violin & orchestra in D minor, Op. Composition Information ↓; Description ↓; Parts/Movements ↓; Appears On ↓. the composers on our program, Édouard Lalo patiently forged ahead with his music The Symphonie espagnole continued Lalo’s collaboration with Pablo de Sarasate had premiered Lalo’s first official violin concerto in , helping to.

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Symphonie Espagnole

Edouwrd usual path to success for a French composer of the time was via the opera house, yet recognition of Lalo’s efforts in that domain would take even longer. The Symphonie espagnole continued Lalo’s collaboration with Pablo de Sarasatea Spanish super-virtuoso and former prodigy whose celebrity spread like wildfire across Europe and America.

The violinist impressed hard-to-please critics like George Bernard Shaw and even inspired artists in other fields. One of the Sherlock Holmes stories includes a description of a concert given by Sarasate, while the painter James McNeill Whistler commemorated the violinist with an acclaimed portrait and even eapagnole his lavish home. Sarasate had premiered Lalo’s first official violin concerto inhelping to spread the composer’s name, and he likewise inspired the Symphonie espagnole.

It incorporates concerto thinking so as to showcase the star’s jaw-dropping technique as well as the gorgeous tone he was famous for coaxing from his fabled Stradivarius.


Symphonie espagnole, Op.21 (Lalo, Édouard)

Lalo explained that he chose the unusual title of the piece, which puzzled some of his peers who advised him to change it”because it conveyed my thought-that is to say, a violin soaring above the rigid form of an old symphony-and then because the title was less banal than those that were suggested to me. Lalo’s use of Iberian-tinged thematic material and rhythms pays tribute to Sarasate’s background-and even possibly to Lalo’s own his family had migrated from Spain in centuries past.

Even more, it points to the public taste for pieces evoking espagnkle color of a familiar yet “exotic” sort-for a kind of musical “postcard.

Bizet’s opera Carmenwhich is edouarr course set in Seville, would have its premiere only a month after the Symphonie espagnole. The opera initially bombed, but it soon established itself espangole a huge success-sadly, not before Bizet’s premature death.

The Symphonie espagnole is associated with no particular program beyond the freely associative, contrasting moods and slices of local color that imply Spanish travels. Perhaps Lalo also kept rspagnole mind an earlier model from a French master, likewise a hybrid concerto: Berlioz’s Harold in Italywhich weds travels through another symphomie country with a concerto for viola. Lalo dispenses with the standard three concerto movements. The work’s five-movement structure in essence a suite alludes to symphonic forms, but there’s never any serious doubt about the primary role of the violin soloist.

The composer exploits a vast spectrum of the instrument’s resources.

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And aside from his technical demands, Lalo imbues the solo part with a beguiling personality. The opening motif establishes a striking pattern-and draws out attention to the central role played by rhythmic ideas in this piece. A scherzo-like second movement lightens the mood-here, again is the trope of the orchestra-as-guitar, instruments imitating an instrument, while the solo violin sings its kalo serenade.


The ensuing Intermezzo was added as an afterthought.

It eepagnole the habanera- type rhythmic pattern three-plus-two that occurs in the first movement. A melancholy Andante turns to darker orchestral colors and focuses on the violin’s eloquent low register. But this nocturnal moodiness is forgotten in the final movement, a rondo whose persistent bell-like sonorities and percussion suggest glints of the awakening sun. An Evening with Joshua Bell. Search Search Gift Shop cart Cart. Log In Log In. Experience the Digital Stage.

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