The Age of Expression

Photo of Fritz Kreisler from the personal collection of William Primrose held at the Primrose International Viola Archive, Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah

Concert Program VI

The Age of Expression

The generation of virtuosi that emerged in the early twentieth century, headed by the preternaturally gifted Fritz Kreisler, charted new frontiers in the violin’s expressive potential. As the art of the violin was reimagined, so inevitably was the music written for it, as composers created music expressly for the soulful practitioners of the new style. Concert Program VI features music by Borodin, Respighi, Ysaÿe, and even Kreisler himself—works that illustrate the age of expression’s transformative effect on how composers would forever approach the instrument.


Alexander Borodin(1833–1887)
String Quartet no. 2 in D Major (1881)
Ottorino Respighi(1879–1936)
Violin Sonata in b minor (1917)
Eugène Ysaÿe(1858–1931)
Sonata in e minor for Solo Violin, op. 27, no. 4 (1924)
Fritz Kreisler (1875–1962)
String Quartet in a minor (1919)
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