Violin Sonata No. 2 in A Minor, Op. 27

Violin Sonata No. 2 in A Minor, Op. 27

Violin Sonata No. 2 in A Minor, Op. 27

Eugène Ysaÿe

Miriam Fried's masterclass

Produced by the Saline royale Academy English Music sheet annotated by  Miriam Fried  is available 45 min Violin

Professor Miriam Fried and her student Clara Messina work on tempo, the articulation of accents, as well as other crucial elements in this violin masterclass

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The masterclass

About this masterclass

Miriam Fried and Clara Messina explore the meaning behind the word obsession in the title: ”God Obsession." Fried explains that the term “obsession” was based on Eugène Ysaÿe’s compulsion to play the same variation repeatedly, and thus he incorporated it in this piece. Due to him knowing this variation so well, Ysaÿe would play it incredibly fast, often going off tempo. Messina is advised to emulate this.

Other elements discussed in this masterclass include accents and playing them in contrasting manner; articulation, and more.

What we learn in this masterclass

  1. Understanding the context of the piece.

  2. Differentiating the roles of each note.

  3. Articulation and bowing techniques.

  4. Contrasting the accents.

  5. Maintaining good posture in the arms. 

Violin Sonata No. 2 in A minor, Op. 27 by Eugène Ysaÿe

Eugène Ysaÿe's Violin Sonata, Op. 27 was dedicated to his good friend Jacques Thibaud. It has four movements: Obsession; Prelude, Malinconia, Danse des Ombres; Sarabande, and Les furies. The second movement is frequently the first movement studied out of all the sonatas because it is the least technically demanding. 

The sonata is heavily influenced by Johann Sebastian Bach, sometimes quoting directly from Bach's works. This can be found in the first movement, where Ysayë directly quotes Bach's Partita No. 3 in E Major. 



  • Date:27 October 2021
  • Producer: Produced by the Saline royale Academy
  • Duration:45 min
  • Spoken language:English

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.

Sheet music violin sonata no. 2 in a minor, op. 27

Miriam Fried

Miriam Fried

Professor of violin at New England Conservatory in Boston.

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.


Eugène  Ysaÿe

Eugène Ysaÿe was a Belgian genius violinist and composer, and was born in Liège in 1858. His whole family was musically inclined, and he started learning the violin at an early age, with his father. After learning music in his home country, he moved to Paris to pursue his studies.  

He toured intensely as a solo artist for prestigious orchestras and assumed a teaching position, which he kept for many years. Many famous composers dedicated some of their major works to him. He married fellow-Belgian Louise Bourdau in 1886, and together they had five children. When Louise died in 1924, he re-married with 44-year his junior violinist Jeanette Dincin, who cared for him as his health declined, until he passed away in his home in Forest, Belgium in 1931. 

He left behind an impressive musical catalog: six Sonatas for Solo Violin op. 27, the unaccompanied Sonata for Cello, op. 28, one Sonata for Two Violins, eight Poèmes for various instruments (one or two violins, violin and cello, string quartet) and orchestra (Poème élégiaque, Poème de l'Extase, Chant d'hiver, Poème nocturne, among others), pieces for string orchestra without basses (including Poème de l'Exil), two piano trios, a string quintet, and an opera, Peter the Miner. His Eugène Ysaÿe Collection, which can be found in the Royal Belgium library, also includes many scores, letters, photographs, films, and recordings. 

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