Violin Concerto No. 1, Sz. 36, 1st, 2nd movements

Violin Concerto No. 1, Sz. 36, 1st, 2nd movements

Violin Concerto No. 1, Sz. 36, 1st, 2nd movements

Béla Bartók

György Pauk's masterclass

Produced by the Saline royale Academy English Subtitles are available in English, Japanese, Korean Music sheet annotated by  György Pauk  is available 47 min. Violin

György Pauk and Anatol Toth work on bowing and fingering, among other interesting topics, in this masterclass for the violin.

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The masterclass

About this masterclass

In this masterclass, György Pauk works on the details of Bartok’s posthumous first violin concerto with his student Anatol Toth. In the first movement, he helps the student find more flow in the music and encourages him to play out at the appropriate points. Pauk also works with Toth to discover more advantageous bowings and fingerings to improve intonation and phrasing. He offers suggestions for the pacing of the dynamics and phrases that best allow the music to come through. Pauk briefly discusses the second movement as well; he helps Toth bring out the natural inflection of the music even when it is extremely difficult and complex, gives further advice on bowings and fingerings, and helps him make sense of Bartok’s sometimes unclear or underdeveloped musical ideas.

What we learn in this masterclass

  1. Creating more flow.

  2. Choosing the right string, bowings, and fingerings. 

  3. Making phrasing and dynamic choices that support the musical ideas.

  4. When to bring out the sound.

  5. Navigating difficult technique and double-stops while maintaining the right inflection.

Violin Concerto No. 1, Sz. 36 by Béla Bartók

Béla Bartók composed his first violin concerto between 1907-08, but it was not published until 1956 nor premiered until 1958. The concerto was conceived out of Bartok’s unrequited love for Hungarian violinist Stefi Geyer, who did not desire the composer or the work. It consists of only two movements, an Andante sostenuto and an Allegro giocoso, similar to his first rhapsody for violin. Unlike many of his later, more experimental works, the music falls into the category of late-Romanticism. The first movement was later reworked and adapted into his piece Two Portraits, but he refused to allow the concerto to surface until after Geyer’s death, which happened to be much later than his own. The Andante sostenuto is a passionate, lyrical movement that particularly explores the high register of the violin. The Allegro giocoso is extremely technically difficult; the violinist must navigate double stops, accentuation, and complex passagework as well as interspersed melodic passages in order to truly capture the lively, dance-like spirit.

  • Composer: Bartók
  • Piece:Violin Concerto No. 1, Sz. 36, 1st, 2nd movements
  • Professor: György Pauk
  • Student:Anatol Janos Toth
  • Instruments: Violin
  • Date:09 February 2022
  • Producer: Produced by the Saline royale Academy
  • Duration:47 min.
  • Spoken language:English
  • Subtitle languages: English, Japanese, Korean

Sheet music

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Sheet music violin concerto no. 1, sz. 36, 1st, 2nd movements

György Pauk

György Pauk

First Prize in 1956 at the Niccolò Paganini International Violin Competition in Genoa, Italy.

Recognized as one of the leading violinists of his generation, György Pauk was born in Budapest, Hungary, and received his musical education at the renown Franz Liszt Music Academy. Before settling in London in 1961, he already won First Prize at the Paganini Competition in Genova, The Premier Grand Prix at the Jacques Thibaud Competition in Paris, First Prize at the Munich Sonata Competition, and had performed numerous concerts all over Eastern Europe.

He made his London debut in the Wigmore Hall in 1962, receiving outstanding reviews in the press, followed by his orchestral debut in the Royal Festival Hall, with the London Symphony Orchestra under Lorin Maazel. He made his US debut with the Chicago Symphony at the invitation of Sir George Solti. Likewise, he has performed in all five continents, giving an average of 90 concerts a year alongside many major orchestras, collaborating with conductors like Haitink, Dorati, Barbirolli, Solti, Kondrashin, Boulez, Rattle, Dutoit, Rozdestvensky, Dohnanyi, Colin Davis, and more. What's more, he has appeared, among others, at the Edinburgh, Luzern, Cheltenham, Bath, Hollywood Bowl, Ravinia, Santa Fe, Aspen, Dubrovnik, and Prague Spring Festivals.

He was a regular soloist at the Henry Wood Promenade Seasons at the Albert Hall and made innumerable broadcasts for the BBC. His exceptional rich repertoire, also for chamber music, includes several masterpieces of the 20th Century. He retired from the podium after five decades, playing his last farewell concert with the Budapest Festival Orchestra under their conductor Ivan Fischer in Budapest in 2008.

György Pauk is now professor at the Royal Academy of Music in London, where he conducts a “Performers Class” with selected young talents from all over the world. He has led masterclasses in the US at the following institutions: Curtis, Peabody, Yale, Cleveland, Oberlin, Manhattan School, San Francisco, and Juilliard School, as well as in schools all over China, Japan, Israel and across Europe. He is often invited to juries of many major international violin competitions.

Bartók

Béla  Bartók

Hungarian composer Béla Bartók was born on March 25th 1881 and is considered one of the most famous Hungarian musician and composer along with Franz Liszt. Bartók was interested in music early on, and his parents quickly recognized it. He studied at the Royal Academy of Music in Budapest and composed his first major work in 1903. His early works were influenced by Richard Strauss and Johannes Brahms; large-scale orchestral music that was well-received. Soon after, he traveled extensively in Europe to study local folk music. Around this time, he was married to his first wife and had a son, born in 1910.  

Eventually, the composer and his second wife (his first marriage ended in divorce) emigrated to the USA due to the Nazi party coming into power and the advent of the Second World War. In America, Bartók continued to work, both composing and collecting traditional music from his native region. When he fell ill in 1940, he wrote his most notable work The Concerto for Orchestra, and died five years later in New York City from leukemia, at age 64. 

He left behind a great legacy of modern music influenced by both classical and folk themes, and that continues to fascinate audiences to this day thanks to a mixture of intellectualism and lyricism.  

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