FELIX DRAESEKE: VIOLIN CONCERTO IN E MINOR, WoO 15 (manuscript, piano reduction)

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Draeseke’s Violin Concerto

 

 

Although the orchestral score and presumed set of parts for Draeseke’s Violin Concerto have disappeared, a violin and piano reduction is housed in the music manuscript collection of the Sächsische Landesbibliothek - Staats- und Universitäts-bibliothek Dresden under the catalog entry MUS 7099-B-501.

There are two folios: the first contains movements 2 and 3 (Adagio and Finale) and the second, the first movement (Allegro appassionato). This unusual juxtaposition of folios may account for the catalog entry’s parenthetical note of "unvollständig" (incomplete) and could lead one to the conclusion that there is music missing from this reduction. However, the concerto is 100% intact and all of the pages of this reduction are in perfect numbered sequence: 27 for the first movement, 6 for the Adagio and 15 for the finale and there are no measures missing or crossed out. The folios were received directly from the estate of Frida Draeseke and the catalog entry, in consideration of that, will evidently not be changed. It does not take a particularly well-trained eye to note the discrepancy in the spelling of Violinconcert (instead of the more normal German: Violinkonzert) on the folio containing movements 2 and 3, and Violinconzert on folio 2 with the first movement. The handwriting seems different between the two folios, though there is no existing correspondence indicating that Draeseke paid copyists for the violin and piano reduction.

Some 125 years after its composition, Draeseke's Violin Concerto had it's premiere in this piano reduction at the occasion of the 23rd Conference of the International Draeseke Society in Meiningen, June 2009.

FELIX DRAESEKE: VIOLIN CONCERTO IN E MINOR, WoO 15 (manuscript, piano reduction). Adobe portable document format. Each page will open in a new window. If you have not installed Adobe Acrobat Reader, it can be downloaded directly from Adobe Systems.
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Movement nr 1: Allegro appasionato (pp 3-27)
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The IDG and IDS/NA thank Alan Howe for obtaining a copy of the SLUB manuscript and the Library for their permission to reproduce the manuscript on the Draeseke website.

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