Friedrich Hermann: Violin Music, Volume One – Solo Works

This item will be released on 2 August 2024.

Catalogue No: TOCC0738
EAN/UPC: 5060113447388
Release Date: 2024-08-02
Composer: Friedrich Hermann
Artists: Abigail Karr

The German violinist, violist and composer Friedrich Hermann (1828–1907) spent the six decades of his adult life teaching at the Leipzig Conservatoire and, although his works include a symphony, a string quartet and numerous other chamber pieces for strings, by far the largest part of his output is pedagogical in nature. But he pumped his teaching pieces full of imagination, as the studies here demonstrate. Even though the twenty Miniatures published in 1881 are intended for student violinists, many of them are tiny tone-poems intended both to engage the attention of their players and challenge their techniques – and their mix of poetry and humour should also appeal to adult listeners.

Abigail Karr, violin

Listen To This Recording:

Miniatures, Op. 19 (publ. 1881) (54:54)
Volume 1 (26:28)

  1. No. 1 March (2:31)
  2. No. 2 Song (3:08)
  3. No. 3 Rococo (2:48)
  4. No. 4 Rondino (1:45)
  5. No. 5 Funeral March (4:36)
  6. No. 6 Mail Coach (1:46)
  7. No. 7 Idyll (2:31)
  8. No. 8 Humoresque (1:14)
  9. No. 9 Elegy (3:45)
  10. No. 10 On the Lake

Volume 2 (27:44)

  1. No. 11 Round Dance (3:12)
  2. No. 12 March (3:00)
  3. No. 13 Ländler (3:58)
  4. No. 14 Lament (2:42)
  5. No. 15 Quarrel – (2:04)
  6. No. 16 Reconciliation (2:36)
  7. No. 17 Tambourin (0:59)
  8. No. 18 Scherzo (1:56)
  9. No. 19 Duet (4:38)
  10. No. 20 Kalospinthechromokrene (1:24)

Violin School (publ. 1879)

  1. No. 78 Exercise for the Chromatic Scale (1:41)

Special Studies, Op. 24 (publ. 1888)

  1. No. 19 Exercise on Nuances (2:25)
  2. No. 30 Exercise on the Shake (2:29)
  3. No. 25 For attaining strength in bowing (3:30)
  4. No. 7 Exercise on Equality of Bowing (1:34)

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