Symphonie espagnole, 5th movement

Symphonie espagnole, 5th movement

Symphonie espagnole, 5th movement

Edouard Lalo

Tedi Papavrami's masterclass

Produced by the Saline royale Academy French Music sheet annotated by  Tedi Papavrami  is available 39 min Violin

In this violin masterclass, Tedi Papavrami and Oriane Perrin explore numerous elements of Lalo's Symphonie espagnole.

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About this masterclass

In this masterclass, Professor Tedi Papavrami helps his student Oriane Perrin navigate the lively and expressive final movement of Symphonie Espagnole by French composer Edouard Lalo. 

Papavrami instructs Perrin to add more definition in her playing. In addition, the professor emphasizes articulating and projecting one's sound so that it envelops the room. 

A very demonstrative piece, the Symphonie Espagnole must be played with the right tone at a high volume but without the sound coming off too weighty.

What we learn in this masterclass 

  1. Adding some definition to one's sound. 

  2. Reserving one's energy. 

  3. Articulation. 

  4. Projecting the sound. 

  5. Playing in front of an orchestra. 

Symphonie espagnole by Edouard Lalo

Despite its name, Symphonie Espagnole, one of Edouard Lalo's best-known works, is actually a violin concerto. Composed in 1874, it coincides with several Spanish-influenced works by French composers, including Bizet's Carmen. It was written for and premiered by renowned Spanish violinist Pablo de Sarasate and incorporates many Spanish musical elements. The first movement, Allegro non troppo, opens with a brief yet dramatic orchestral introduction, before the violinist takes over with solo material. The material varies between a festive theme with 3+2 rhythms and a more lyrical melody. The second movement, Scherzando, evokes guitar music through a pizzicato accompaniment. Though primarily based on an energetic seguidilla dance rhythm, there is also a calmer middle section. The third movement, Intermezzo, was often omitted from early performances. It is a bit heavier in character, again utilizing 3+2 rhythms and flamenco melodies. In the fourth movement, Andante, the orchestra establishes a dark and stormy mood before introducing the more melancholic violin melody. The movement ends with the violin in its highest register in D major, preparing for the finale. The piece concludes with a lively Iberian-inspired Rondo that requires dazzling virtuosity.

  • Date:13 April 2021
  • Producer: Produced by the Saline royale Academy
  • Duration:39 min
  • Spoken language:French

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 Tedi Papavrami’s feedback and comments.

Sheet music symphonie espagnole, 5th movement

Tedi Papavrami

Tedi Papavrami

In 1985 he won the "Rodolfo Lipitzer" competition in Gorizia.

Born in Albania Tedi Papavrami was introduced to the violin at age five by his father, a brilliant teacher with many years of pedagogical experience. Tedi progressed rapidly, and within three years he was performing at Sarasate’s Airs Bohémiens with the Tirana Philharmonic Orchestra. At the age of eleven-years-old, he tackled Paganini’s Concerto No. 1 with the Emile Sauret’s fearsome and challenging cadenza.

In 1982, French flautist Alain Marion, who had come to give a concert in Tirana, heard the child prodigy play – and promptly arranged for him to come to Paris with a bursary from the French government. Tedi went on to study with Pierre Amoyal at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique. Moreover, he appeared on popular television programs and gave many concerts at that time. Eventually reaching the end of his studies, Tedi went on perfecting his instrumental and musical independently. He and his family eventually fled Communist-led Albania permanently and moved near Bordeaux.

Tedi Papavrami has won numerous international prizes in the 1990s and embarked on a brilliant solo and chamber music career. He has also collaborated as concerto soloist with conductors of the likes of Kurt Sanderling, Armin Jordan, Emmanuel Krivine, and more. He has performed in recitals and on disc with chamber music partners such as Philippe Bianconi, Nelson Goerner, Martha Argerich, among others. He has been recording since 1990. In 2014, he released a CD featuring 6 solo violin sonatas by Eugène Ysaÿe and the same composer’s sonata for two violins alongside his colleague Svetlin Roussev, was simultaneously awarded two of the most outstanding French distinctions: the Diapason d’Or and the Choc de l’Année (Classica magazine).

Tedi Papavrami now lives in Geneva, Switzerland, where he is violin professor at the Haute École de Musique.


Edouard  Lalo

Édouard Lalo was born in Lille, France in 1823, and became a teacher and violinist in Paris after studying at the Conservatoire de Paris. He married singer Julie Besnier de Maligny in 1865 and started to compose operas. His most famous one was originally not well-received and heavily criticized. Following this episode in his career, he focused all his attention on the more fashionable chamber music.  

The Symphonie Espagnole is his most famous oeuvre and is still part of the violin repertoire. It is a lively and bright piece that requires a lot of energy.  

The composer had a son with wife Julie, who later became a music critic. Éduard Lalo would eventually receive the French Légion d’Honneur in 1873. He died in Paris at age 69 and left many unfinished works behind, as well as a great music legacy for violin and orchestra. 


Photo credit: Pierre Petit

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