National Flavors

A boy in a Gypsy orchestra playing in Budapest, Hungary, 1930s, black and white photo. United Archives/ Nolte/Bridgeman Images

Concert Program VII

National Flavors

Music@Menlo’s 2017 festival season finale offers a colorful survey of violin playing across the Western world. The vitality of modern Bohemia is heard in Martinů’s ingenious duo, while the visceral influence of the great Russian school of string playing is evident in Shostakovich’s Prelude and Scherzo for String Octet, completed while the composer was still a teenager. Composer Ernő Dohnányi drew from his native Hungary’s folk traditions in his Ruralia hungarica, while American composer John Corigliano’s Red Violin Caprices glorify the instrument with a distinctly modern voice. The program concludes with the thrilling String Octet by the Romanian composer, violinist, pianist, and conductor George Enescu.


Bohuslav Martinů(1890–1959)
Duo no. 1 for Violin and Cello (1927)
John Corigliano(Born 1938)
Red Violin Caprices (1999)
Ernő Dohnányi (1877–1960)
Andante rubato, alla zingaresca (Gypsy Andante) from Ruralia hungarica, op. 32c (1924)
Dmitry Shostakovich(1906–1975)
Prelude and Scherzo for String Octet, op. 11 (1924–1925)
George Enescu(1881–1955)
String Octet in C Major, op. 7 (1900)
Saturday 3Aug 2019