The evolution of the violin concerto: Comparing Mozart violin concerto nº5 and Tchaikovsky violin concerto Op. 35

University essay from Lunds universitet/Musikhögskolan i Malmö

Abstract: The aim of this Project is to investigate the evolution of the violin concerto, using the example of the Mozart violin concerto nº 5 and Tchaikovsky violin concerto op 35. After the comparison of these two important concertos, the aim is to know more about each of them and to observe the evolution experimented. The methods that I used are the scores of the concertos which make possible to do a musical analysis. Also I used books, magazines or webs that contain information about these concertos, the composers and the background. Another method is my understanding of the pieces, playing it and trying to make the best performance. I found that there are only two characteristics that didn’t change and are used in the same way in both concertos. On the other hand there are a lot of characteristics that are developed. The situation and the influences of the composers and the developed instruments made possible an evolution of the violin concertos. After this work I understand better the concertos and I can observe the evolution. I know more about the characteristics and have a better understanding about the styles and the way to play them. A deeper knowledge about the pieces will help me to make better interpretations.

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