Magazine article Strings

Two Pieces, Op. 25

Magazine article Strings

Two Pieces, Op. 25

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Two Pieces, Op. 25 by Paul Juon. Robert Lienau Musikverlag, $22.

INFLUENCE OF ARENSKY HEARD IN JUON1S VIOLIN TRANSCRIPTION

This is the first edition of this 1902 violin and piano work by little-known Russian composer Paul Juon (1872-1940). Although it was originally for clarinet, the composer - who played the violin - transcribed it for violin himself.

Juon wrote these pieces for friend and amateur clarinetist Ernst Orlich. Juon wrote in the dedication: "Because you are 'sinnig1 (a man of the senses), like a clarinet in B I love you; Because you can also be 'sonnig' (sunny) like a clarinet in A, I love you more than ever, as I love the sun."

The first piece, titled "Sinnig," is a lyrical minor Andante, with a quicker middle section. The second, "Sonnig," is a playful and charming major Allegro, with frequent meter changes and folk song-like melodies. While the pieces have plenty of tricky rhythms and passagework in higher positions, they would be playable by an advanced high school student. …

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