Violin Concerto No. 1 in D major, Op. 6, 1st movement

Violin Concerto No. 1 in D major, Op. 6, 1st movement

Violin Concerto No. 1 in D major, Op. 6, 1st movement

Niccolò Paganini

Svetlana Makarova's masterclass

Produced by the Saline royale Academy French Music sheet annotated by  Svetlana  Makarova  is available 39 min Violin

Svetlana Makarova and Tianre Xie explore structure, harmony, and moving beyond technique.

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About this masterclass

In this session, Professor Svetlana Makarova and student Tianren Xie work together on the Violin Concerto No. 1 in D Major, op.6 1st movement by Italian composer and violinist Niccolò Paganini. Firstly, Xie is instructed to work on his right hand’s articulation and to pay attention to his harmonic line within the cadence. The student must also anticipate the lifts and the culminating points in the music to better anticipate them.  

Makarova advises him to try and differentiate each note and to build an “interacting polyphony in between themes”. Xie must also train slowly, avoid lifting his bow too much and be aware of the sonorities and colours of the piece, which are very much Baroque and operatic in style. 

What we learn in this masterclass

  1. Anticipating points of culmination. 

  2. Posture and bowing techniques. 

  3. Differentiating each note. 

  4. Practicing techniques. 

  5. Articulating with the right hand. 

Violin Concerto No. 1 in D major, Op. 6 by Niccolò Paganini

Italian composer Niccolò Paganini wrote his violin Concerto n°1, Op.6 between 1817 and 1818. The piece premiered in Naples in March 1819 and demonstrates a major influence of the Italian style Bel Canto and a very military-like tempo. It is considered to be a very modern piece, and the interpreter must find the rhythm and lyricism in Paganini’s music. It is classically structured in three movements: the allegro maestoso – tempo giusto (in D major or E flat major with scordatura), the adagio (B minor then ending in B major; or C minor ending in C major with scordatura), and the rondo allergro spirituoso (in D major or E-flat major with scordatura).  

Émile Sauret, a French violinist and composer, famously wrote a cadenza for the first movement.  

  • Date:11 February 2021
  • Producer: Produced by the Saline royale Academy
  • Duration:39 min
  • Spoken language:French

Sheet music

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Svetlana Makarova

Svetlana  Makarova

In 1981 she won first prize in the Moscow International Youth Tchaikovsky Competition.

Svetlana Makarova was born in Moscow in 1981. She started playing the violin at the age of five in a class led by celebrated Russian artist, Ludmila Egorova. At the early age of ten, she won First Prize at the Moscow International Youth Tchaikovsky Competition.

Hereafter, she won many more esteemed prizes at numerous state and international competitions. In 2005, Makarova graduated the Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatory, and in 2008 finished her postgraduate studies with Professor M. Glezarova.

Presently, she performs in concerts as a soloist and as a member of different chamber ensembles. From 2008 to 2011, she was second violin in the Orchestra Palau de Les Arts Reina Sofia (Spain), where principal conductors were Maestri L. Maazel, and Z. Mehta. Furthermore, she has recorded solo and chamber works reflecting a repertoire, including Tchaikovsky, Beethoven, Brahms, Schubert, and Schönberg.

From 2005-2008, Makarova taught at the famous Gnessin’s Music College in Moscow. Subsequently, she was invited by Pavel Vernikov to collaborate with him in numerous masterclasses in Italy, Israel, and Austria. Since 2010, she has been teaching at the Scuola di Musica di Fiesole in Italy. Until 2013, she worked as Pavel Vernikov’s assistant at the Haut Ecole de Musique de Lausanne (site de Sion) in Switzerland, and with many masterclasses in Europe and Asia.

Since 2014, she has been a violin professor at the Haut Ecole de Musique de Lausanne in Switzerland. She plays a violin by Nicola Gagliano, made in 1738.

Paganini

Niccolò  Paganini

Niccolò Paganini was a virtuoso violinist and composer born in Genoa in 1782 to a merchant family. He began playing violin at age 7, and quickly outpaced all his professors. The gifted young musician began touring the country at 18 years old, working as a freelance violinist, and was later appointed as First Violin in the Republic of Lucca in the state of Tuscany. When the area was annexed by Napoleon in 1805, the French princess Elisa Baciocchi took over the region, and Paganini began to play for her court. He resumed his tours after the princess’s court moved to Florence. After a concert at the Scala in Milan, Paganini began to get noticed and started touring every major city in Europe after receiving a prestigious award from the Pope himself. He performed his own compositions, as well as adaptations of works from fellow composers.  

Though he never married and had no legitimate children, he had many romantic conquests, among them Italian singer Antonia Bianchi. His health remained problematic throughout his whole life, as he was believed to suffer from a rare genetic condition affecting joints and tissues, as well as syphilis and tuberculosis. He died relatively young in 1840, at age 57, from internal hemorrhaging. 

Niccolò Paganini is considered to be one of the most virtuoso violinists of all time, and leaves behind a musical legacy consisting of many works, such as the Violin Concerto No. 1 (1818), 24 Caprices for Solo Violin (1802-1817), Moses Fantasy (1818), Centone di Sonate, Vol. 1 (1828-29), Moto perpetuo (1835) and his Variations on God Save the King (1829). 

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