Violin Concerto in D Major, Op. 77

Violin Concerto in D Major, Op. 77

Violin Concerto in D Major, Op. 77

Johannes Brahms

Boris Garlitsky's masterclass

Produced by the Saline royale Academy French Music sheet annotated by  Boris Garlitsky  is available 1 h 1 min Violin

In this violin session, Boris Garlitsky and Tianren Xie focus on playing solo while actively listening and understanding the orchestral accompaniment.

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The masterclass

About this violin masterclass

This session focuses on Brahms’ Concerto in D Major with Professor Boris Garlitsky and student Tianren Xie. There are many technical aspects in the piece, but also many emotional and unwritten directions that need to be incorporated when playing this great concerto. 

Garlitsky discusses the difference between knowing the notes and understanding what is occurring between them. With this in mind, the professor instructs Xie to pay particular attention to the silences and the intentions of the music. He illustrates how one can improve tremendously by just listening to what is hidden.  

Since this piece is meant to be played with an orchestra, Garlistky advises his student to review the orchestra sheet music to better understand the globality of the oeuvre. Sometimes, as the instructor puts it, solo musicians can be “deaf” to what is going on around them. 

Lastly, the pair examine bowing and the different strokes required in this composition. 

What we learn in this masterclass

  1. Getting acquainted with the orchestral score.  

  2. Playing the emotions of the oeuvre.  

  3. Paying attention to your bow strokes. 

  4. Respecting the many nuances of the oeuvre.

  5. Enjoying the silences – what lies between the notes.  

Violin Concerto in D Major, Op. 77 by Johannes Brahms 

This violin concerto was composed by Johannes Brahms in 1878 and is the composer’s only violin concerto. According to critics, the Germans have four great violin concertos. Beethoven’s is the greatest and most famous, but Brahms’ is not far behind. 

It is scored for a small orchestra and follows a traditional concerto structure of three movements and a quick-slow-quick pattern. The tempo is quick and can be challenging to keep up with. It is essential for the violinist to get acquainted with the orchestra score in order to succeed. Moreover, what makes for a great interpretation is the ability to read between what is written and respect the emotional variations of the piece. 

  • Composer: Brahms
  • Piece:Violin Concerto in D Major, Op. 77
  • Professor: Boris Garlitsky
  • Student:Tianren Xie
  • Instruments: Violin
  • Date:02 November 2020
  • Producer: Produced by the Saline royale Academy
  • Duration:1 h 1 min
  • Spoken language:French
Boris Garlitsky

Boris Garlitsky

I always tell my students that if you know what the conductor and the orchestra are doing, you will play the violin better.

Boris Garlitsky

Sheet music

Aim for excellence! You can improve your skills with expert advice. Download the annotated sheet music of this violin masterclass. Please note that this piece has been annotated in accordance to Boris Garlitsky’s feedback and comments.

Sheet music violin concerto in d major, op. 77

Boris Garlitsky

Boris Garlitsky

In 1982 he was the winner of the Premio Paganini in Italy.

Born in Russia, Boris Garlitsky received his first music lessons from his father, the author of the standard textbook for young violinists, “Step by Step”. He studied at the Moscow Conservatory, and debuted as a soloist after winning the Italian Paganini Competition in 1982. Since then, he has played, among others, with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the Vienna Radio Orchestra, the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, as well as the Milan based Giuseppe Verdi Orchestra and the British Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment.

Garlitsky is an active participant in several international music festivals. He regularly participates in the Pablo Casals Festival in France, mostly Mozart in New York, the London Proms, the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival and Gidon Kremer’s Chamber Music Festival at Lockenhaus in Austria. What’s more, Garlitsky performs for the BBC, Radio France, as well as a number of radio stations in Italy, Russia, and the United States. He has recorded for RCA, Naxos, Chandos and Polymnie. Furthermore, Garlitsky is devoted to chamber music and is a member of the Hermitage String Trio, praised highly in critical reviews.

Presently, Garlitsky is a dedicated educator. He holds a chair at the Folkwang Universität der Künste, Essen (Germany), and offers masterclasses on a yearly basis at the most renowned music institutions, including the Curtis Institute in Philadelphia, the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore, Hanns Eisler Musikhochschule in Berlin, and Kronberg Academy.

Brahms

Johannes  Brahms

Born in Hamburg, Germany on May 7, 1833, Johannes Brahms was the son of musician Johann Jakob Brahms. Johannes Brahms began his musical education learning the piano, cello, and horn. From the age of 7-years-old, he studied the piano under Otto Friedrich Willibald Cossel.

Composer, pianist, and conductor, Brahms began his career at the end of the classical tradition (approx. 1730-1820) and established himself as a central figure in classical music’s Romantic era. His first concert tour took place in 1853 where he built a deep camaraderie with fellow musician, Robert Schumann.

His first major work presented to the public was Concerto No. 1 for piano and orchestra in D minor, which was performed by himself in Leipzig in 1859. In 1863, he moved to Vienna, where he was appointed conductor of Singakademie (Singing academy), which he would leave only a year later.

By 1868, Brahms achieved fame throughout Europe for the premiere of his renowned work German Requiem. Other notable works by Brahms include but are not limited to: Piano Concerto No. 1 in D minor, op. 15, Variations and Fugue on a Theme by Handel, op. 24, Piano Quartet No. 1 in G minor, op. 25, Cello Sonata No. 1 in E minor, op. 38 Symphony No. 1 in C minor, op. 68, Violin Concerto in D major, op. 77 Symphony No. 3 in F major, op. 78 Symphony No. 4 in E minor, op. 98, and Cello Sonata No. 2 in F major, op. 99 Quintet with Clarinet in B minor, Op. 115. Brahms has been lauded for his deep understanding of formal construction and his rendering of melodic richness, harmonic complexity, and his mastery to achieve a myriad of moods and atmosphere.

Johannes Brahms passed away on April 3,1897, in Vienna.

Photo credit: Fritz Luckhardt

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