Charles Auguste de Bériot: Violin Concerto No. 7 in G Major, Op. 76 – full score (NXP003)
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Instrumentation: 126.96.36.199 - 188.8.131.52 - timp. - violin solo - strings
Concerto No. 7 in G major, Op. 76, was dedicated to William III, King of the Netherlands. Like Concerto No. 6, it is designed to be played without a break between movements, and features a single solo episode in the opening movement.
The Allegro maestoso opening movement contains two themes, an opening risoluto theme and a dolce theme. The soloist takes up the opening theme in double-stops; this is followed by cadenza-like runs and passage-work leading to the dolce theme, at first played simply, but then elaborated with harmonics, scale passages, and double-stops. An orchestra tutti introduces a 6/8 Andante tranquillo, played simply throughout by the soloist except for a double-stopped passage near the transitional orchestral tutti.
The Allegro moderato finale in 2/4 time is a rondo with interspersed contrasting sections.
Bruce R. Schueneman