Elgar La Capricieuse Op. 17 for Solo Violin and String Orchestra

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Elgar composed La Capricieuse in 1891 and dedicated it to the violinist Fred Ward.

This piece has been a favourite of violinists for a long time. Here is an arrangement for violin and string orchestra.

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Performance note

La Capricieuse (The Capricious One) is a beautiful and virtuosic piece for violin and piano written by the English composer Edward Elgar in 1886. It is one of his earliest published works, and it quickly became a popular and enduring part of the violin repertoire.

The piece is characterized by its fast and expressive melodies, which are full of energy and emotion. It is written in a lively rondo form, with the main melody returning several times throughout the work, each time with variations. The violin part is extremely virtuosic, with fast runs, leaps, and rapid changes in mood and dynamics. The piano part, while not as flashy, is still an important and integral part of the piece, providing support and accompaniment to the violin.

Elgar was just 21 years old when he wrote La Capricieuse, and it is a testament to his talent and skill as a composer. Despite being relatively unknown at the time, Elgar was already a skilled violinist and pianist, and he was able to capture the technical demands of both instruments in this piece.

In terms of musical style, La Capricieuse is influenced by a number of different sources. It has a strong Romantic feel, with its expressive melodies and virtuosic virtuosity, but it also incorporates elements of folk music and dance, with its lively rhythms and catchy melodies.

Overall, La Capricieuse is a delightful and enjoyable piece that is sure to delight violinists and audiences alike. It is a perfect showcase for the virtuosity of the violin and the skill of the composer, and it remains a popular and enduring part of the classical music repertoire.