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Introduction and Rondo capriccioso Op.28
 Composed by Saint-Saens, Camille
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Camille Saint-SaŽns

Introduction and Rondo capriccioso Op.28

Saint-SaŽns was a child prodigy and a highly successful musician Ė pianist, organist and composer Ė at an early age. He wrote no less than eight concerted works for violin and orchestra, of which this showpiece is the first and best known. Composed in 1863 and published in 1870, it has enjoyed unabating popularity since the day its dedicatee, the famous Pablo Sarasate, played it, setting a standard for all the violin virtuosi that have followed him.

The Introduction, marked Andante (malinconico), poses in A minor the question to which the succeeding Rondo capriccioso, with its two themes, supplies at first a hesitant but chirpy and then smoother answer. Both themes then spun out, until the final Piu allegro in the tonic major adds a breathless but clinching conclusion.

© Felix Aprahamian 1999

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