Rhapsody for Violin and Chamber Orchestra

Rhapsody for Violin and Chamber Orchestra

Versions:

  • Violin and Chamber Orchestra (2007) 
  • Violin and Piano (2007)

Works

Technical Information

Duration – 12:43

A) Rhapsody for Violin and Chamber Orchestra (2007)

Solo vn./1.2(2=ehn).2(2=bcl).2./2.0.0.0./hp./strings

B) Violin and Piano (2007)

Program Notes

The Rhapsody draws inspiration from a variety of European sources, including French Impressionism, German Expressionism, Hungarian folk music, and virtuosic Spanish violin music. Combining all these disparate styles of music, ranging from Ravel and Bartok to Sarasate, allowed me to create a new work based on a traditional and popular form. Composing took place in three comfortable locations, my home in Toronto, my in-laws’ home in the rural Ontario town of Cayuga and my parents’ home in Los Angeles. This also helped in giving me the right ambience and variety of influences for this enjoyable endeavor.

Commissioning

The Rhapsody was commissioned and first performed by the Orchestras Mississauga (John Barnum, music director) with the assistance of the Canada Council for the Arts.

The Rhapsody was recorded for the Premieres album

Recordings:

Conrad Chow, Violinist

Reviews:

The entire work has an exotic flair...Royer gives us a great vehicle and Chow plays his music with great finesse. I definitely want to hear more from this composer.” - FANFARE, Maria Nockin Read More Read More
Royer’s Rhapsody for Violin and Chamber Orchestra. This two-movement work charms with its late-romantic, early-modernist manner, but the music’s lyrical liveliness makes it more than a mere hearkening back. - Showtimemagazine.ca, Stanley Fefferman, July 9, 2012 Read More Read More
“Composer Ronald Royer has rolled all the various styles upon which he draws (he cites Maurice Ravel, Béla Bartók, and Pablo Sarasate in the booklet) into the much briefer Rhapsody, which, aside from its eclecticism, recalls Miklós Rózsa’s Violin Concerto in its adaptation of Hungarian elements. The violin’s commanding introduction after the brooding opening recalls Ravel’s idiomatic writing at the beginning of Tzigane and stamps the work as a vehicle for showcasing more than a violinist’s technical abilities." - FANFARE, Robert Maxham Read More Read More
“Ronald Royer contributed two wonderful pieces, each in two movements. His Rhapsody begins with an eclectic sound reminding me at times of jazzy bits of Ravel, at other times of Hindemith. - barczablog.com, June 28, 2012 Read More Read More