Cadenza Set WoO 3, edited by Martin Wulfhorst
Recordings by Yury Revich (who also provided markings for the violin part of the edition):
WoO 1 / WoO 2 . Mr. Revich plays the “Princess Aurora” Stradivarius of 1709.This may very well represent the first time that the Cadenzas have been played since the 1840s.
Martin Wulfhorst identified an anonymous sheet of music from the Doblinger Archives (now Wienbibliothek) as a cadenza to the first movement of Beethoven’s Violin Concerto, most likely composed by Henry Vieuxtemps between 1837 and 1842 (WoO 1).
The Cadenza WoO 1 represents an earlier version of the Cadenza WoO 2 from the Estate of Joseph Joachim (Universität der Künste Berlin, Bibliothek), described on the title page as a “Cadenza to Beethoven’s Violin Concerto, composed and performed at his concert in Vienna by Henri Vieuxtemps” (most likely in 1842–1843).
The most striking feature of the beautifully written Cadenzas WoO 1–2 is the accompaniment of strings/string quartet and timpani, inspired apparently by Beethoven’s own cadenzas for the piano transcription of the Violin Concerto op. 61a. Because no orchestral parts have survived for the Doblinger Cadenza WoO 1, Wulfhorst reconstructed them for this edition, mostly on the basis of the Berlin version WoO 2. more
Cadenzas WoO 1 and WoO 2 for Violin, String Quartet (Strings), and Timpani,
edited by Martin Wulfhorst (first publication)
Vieuxtemps composed his famous set of cadenzas WoO 3 around 1846 in St. Petersburg, according to Xavier Rey (1996, p. 7), and published it in 1854. In 2009 Martin Wulfhorst prepared a new edition, included in his collection of cadenzas to Beethoven’s Violin Concerto.
last update 01/25/2021
Henry Vieuxtemps • Cadenzas to Beethoven’s Violin Concerto
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