- Erwin Schulhoff (b. 1894 - d. 1942)
- Composition Year
- Work Movements
- 1. Moderato
- Ella van Poucke [cello], Mairead Hickey [violin]
|Composer||Erwin Schulhoff (b. 1894 - d. 1942)|
|Work Title||Duo for Violin and Cello|
|Work Movements||1. Moderato
|Artist(s)||Ella van Poucke [cello], Mairead Hickey [violin]|
|Performance Date||Saturday 9th July 2016|
|Performance Venue||Bantry House Library, Bantry, Co. Cork, Ireland,|
|Recording Engineer||Richard McCullough, RTÉ lyric fm|
|Programme Note Writer||© Francis Humphrys|
was one of the many composers murdered by the Nazis in the concentration camps.
He was both Jewish and Marxist as well as a jazz pianist and a composer of Entartete Musik so he stood no chance.
He earned a temporary reprieve by becoming a Soviet citizen, which saved him
when the Germans occupied
His Duo was written three years after the premiere of Ravel's masterpiece but he brings his own original voice to this unusual combination. It begins quietly with a sinuous theme, which dominates the movement. Its calm progress is punctuated by brief distractions, such as a short rhythmic episode and a ferocious wild outburst. The coda achieves an impressive calm as it climbs out of hearing into ethereal harmonics. The gypsy movement is exhilarating with its typically exotic dance and opportunities for virtuoso display. The gentle muted song of the Andantino is played against a pizzicato accompaniment, the song a reminder of the opening moderato. This is again recalled in the closing movement along with the harmonics. The final hectic gallop is heralded by a series of powerful chords before the race to the finish.