Violinist and composer Oskar Rieding (1840-1918) was a leading violin
pedagogue who composed a number of violin concertos to help us develop a
good violin technique.
What an exciting concertino! These are the words that many use to describe Rieding’s violin concertino in A minor, op.21. The title description ‘in the Hungarian style’ gives us a hint what the concertino is about. I consider it a long czardas. Do you know what a czardas is? A czardas is a Hungarian folk dance made popular by Gypsy bands in Hungary and neighboring countries. Many classical composers have used the czardas in their music: Franz Liszt, Johannes Brahms, Johann Strauss etc. A czardas is characterized by starting out slowly and then ending in a fast, furore manner. That is the structure and concept of this concertino too. The concertino is written in the 1st and 3rd position and requires a good violin technique. Longer, more difficult virtuoso passages, czardas rhythms will tremendously improve your technical skills and make you a star violinist! Your friends, family, fellow musicians will admire you!
Good luck with your violin studies and have fun playing this concertino!
Level: Intermediate, 1st & 3rd positions
Why play this concertino?
- Improves your 1st and 3rd position playing skills
- Learn virtuoso playing style
- Learn how to phrase the Hungarian czardas
What is included?
- Violin music sheets for the whole concertino