A performer's guide to Erich Wolfgang Korngold's Sonata for violin and piano in G major, op. 6
Laminack, Emily Ruth
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This document examines Erich Wolfgang Korngold’s Violin Sonata in G Major, op. 6. Intended for violinists who might study and perform the work, this guide includes a historical context for the piece, a musical analysis, and a discussion of performance issues. In addition to direct details of the piece’s composition and performance history, the historical context includes broader cultural information that I find pertinent, such as some of Korngold’s musical influences and the political circumstances he faced as a Jewish music critic’s son in early 20th-century Vienna. Musical analysis is limited to what I consider the most interesting style traits and thematic content, especially features that might influence a performer’s interpretation. My discussion of performance issues examines the violinists who worked directly with Korngold, including Carl Flesch, Arnold Rosé, and Adolf Busch. I also explain the technical difficulties of the work, sharing some practical suggestions and solutions.