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During this time of trouble, hordes of unaccompanied pieces for every instrument have crawled out from under their hiding places as musicians have scrambled to find something, anything, to play by themselves! Even etudes have enjoyed a renaissance, something that warms my heart.
So it may seem strange to take an already unaccompanied set of pieces, Wienawski’s L’École moderne, Op. 10, and arrange one of them for more than one player. But when that “other player” is my wife and Stand Partner for Life Akiko Tarumoto, it was an opportunity too good to pass up.
But rather than creating an accompaniment part from scratch, I “borrowed” from work already done by Fritz Kreisler, who composed a piano part for the piece title “Alla Saltarella”. I turned the piano part into another violin part (chock full of double stops, of course). In our performance below, we switched parts every now and then so that Akiko and I could each enjoy star turns.
This was also (in its original form) the sixth and final “challenge piece” for last summer’s Violympic Games, selected by James Ehnes. So it will sound very familiar to any of you Violympians!
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