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The Red Violin: Suite for Violin and Orchestra (1999)

see also The Red Violin: Chaconne for Violin and Piano, The Red Violin (film score), Chaconne for Violin and Orchestra, and the Concerto for Violin and Orchestra ("The Red Violin")


First performed June 3, 1999, by Joshua Bell, violin, with the Eos Orchestra, Jonathan Sheffer, conductor; New York, NY


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Scored for violin solo and orchestra: timpani, percussion (3 players), harp, and strings

Duration  25 minutes



Lara St. John, violin,with the Royal Philharmonic,
Sarah Ioannides, conductor
Ancalagon ANC 133 (2007)
Eleonora Turkovsky, violin, with I Musici de Montreal,
Yuli Turkovsky, conductor
Chandos CHSA5035 (2005)


Program note

The film The Red Violin spans three centuries in the life of a magnificent but haunted violin in its travels through space and time. A story this episodic needed to be tied together with a single musical idea. For this purpose I used the Baroque device of a chaconne: a repeated pattern of chords upon which the music is built.

Against the chaconne chords I juxtaposed a lyrical yet intense melody representing the violin builder's doomed wife. From these elements I wove a series of virtuosic etudes for the solo violin, which followed the instrument from country to country, century to century.

To emphasize the "stringness" of the picture, I scored the film just for the soloist and string orchestra; the Suite employs very nearly the same orchestration.

                     — John Corigliano

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