Instrumentation (this edition): Piano Reduction, Violin
Originally for: Violin, Orchestra
Work: Violin Concerto No. 1, H 226
Size: 9.6 x 12.2 inches
Bohuslav Martinů wrote his first violin concerto in Paris in 1932–33 having been commissioned by the violin virtuoso Samuel Dushkin. Sadly, it was never performed during the composer's lifetime and was even considered lost after his death. Then, in 1961, musicologist and collector Hans Moldenhauer bought it from Boaz Piller, the contrabassoonist of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Moldenhauer approached Czech violinist Josef Suk, who gave the world premiere of the work with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra under Georg Solti in October 1973.