Instrumentation (this edition): Piano Reduction, Violin
Originally for: Violin, Orchestra
Work: Violin Concerto, Op. 14
Size: 9 x 12.0 inches
Barber provided these program notes for the premiere performance:
"The first movement—allegro molto moderato—begins with a lyrical first subject announced at once by the solo violin, without any orchestral introduction. This movement as a whole has perhaps more the character of a sonata than concerto form. The second movement—andante sostenuto—is introduced by an extended oboe solo. The violin enters with a contrasting and rhapsodic theme, after which it repeats the oboe melody of the beginning. The last movement, a perpetuum mobile , exploits the more brilliant and virtuosic character of the violin."