Symphonie Espagnole, 1st movement

Symphonie Espagnole, 1st movement

Edouard Lalo

Miriam Fried's masterclasses

English 46 min Violin

In this masterclass, professor Miriam Fried and student Edith Cnockaert work on building a powerful sound, playing with intention and direction, as well as other aspects required in mastering this piece.

Produced by the Saline royale Academy in October, 2021 at Arc-et-Senans.

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About this masterclass 

In this masterclass, Miriam Fried works with student Edith Cnockaert to find the right sound and expression in Lalo’s Symphonie Espagnole. She discusses the difference between “loud” and “powerful,” and discusses various techniques that can be used to produce a sound that projects but do not exceed the limitations of the violin. She encourages the student to relinquish control of the right arm to allow for more flexibility of the bow and demonstrates how varying the bow speed and motion helps create more direction in the music. She advises that the performer must always play with intention and make calculated musical decisions all the way down to the connection between each note, yet must also enjoy the music-making process and play with tension-free virtuosity and ease. 

What we learn in this masterclass

  1. Producing a great sound within the limits of the instrument.

  2. Bow speed, motion, and how the bow to string contact.

  3. Connection between the notes.

  4. Thinking in larger gestures rather than individual notes.

  5. Playing with ease to achieve true virtuosity in technical passages.

  • Student:Edith Cnockaert
  • Instruments: Violin
  • Date:29 October 2021
  • Academy:Academy October 24 to 31, 2021
Miriam Fried

Miriam Fried

The violin or the bow have no intention. They have no opinion, no intention, nothing. You are responsible for all of it.

Miriam Fried

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 Miriam Fried’s feedback and comments.

Miriam Fried

Miriam Fried

Miriam Fried has played with virtually every major orchestra in the United States and Europe and has been a frequent guest with the principal orchestras of Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, New York, Philadelphia and Pittsburgh, as well as with the Israel Philharmonic, the London Symphony, the Royal Philharmonic, and the Vienna Symphony.

In recent seasons, Ms. Fried’s schedule has included orchestral engagements with such prestigious ensembles as the Boston Symphony, the Chicago Symphony, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Berlin Philharmonic, the Orchestre de Paris, the Czech Philharmonic, and the St. Petersburg Philharmonic. In 1993, she premiered a violin concerto written for her by Donald Erb with the Grand Rapids Symphony, and recorded the work for Koss. Ms. Fried’s highly praised New York recitals of the complete Bach Sonatas and Partitas for solo violin were the culmination of three years of international performances.

She was the first violinist of the Mendelssohn String Quartet for ten years and collaborates regularly with her son, pianist Jonathan Biss. Currently, Miriam Fried is a professor at New England Conservatory and is invited to give masterclasses throughout the world. Since 1994 she has been program Director of the Ravinia Steans Music Institute, one of the country’s leading summer programs for young musicians.


Edouard Lalo

Photo credit: Pierre Petit

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