Variations on a Birthday Theme

The delightful and dazzling variations for two violins
written in the virtuoso style of
by Bruce Dukov
"If Paganini and Wieniawski could have heard this theme, they most certainly would have written variations on it." At least that is the opinion of virtuoso violinist Bruce Dukov, who has actually gone as far as composing a violin duet entitled: "Variations on a Birthday Theme". In a light-hearted tongue-in-cheek treatment, he imagines the two previously mentioned giants of the violin, playing the work together- with neither playing second fiddle! This is cleverly accomplished by alternating the solos with equal prominence and difficulty.

The brief, five minute piece was written for Nathan Milstein's 80th birthday, with an added variation (V) in honor of Henri Temianka's 80th. Such notable violinists of today, like Isaac Stern, Itzhak Perlman and Hilary Hahn, have said how enormously they enjoyed the piece; and most knowledgeable violinists and musicians will delight in picking out the familiar quotations from well known Paganini and Wieniawski works, all set against a familiar tune. For example, Variation I is based on Paganini's "I Palpiti" and Variation VI draws from Wieniawski's "Scherzo Tarantelle" (for Henri Temianka). The Finale combines motifs from "God Save the King" and Paganini's 16 th Caprice (in the major!). You may expect five minutes of breathless, violinistic pyrotechnics!

As an added feature, tracks 9-16 offer skilled violinists an opportunity to play along, simply by turning the balance control on the stereo to the LEFT and then following the "Violin 2" line in the music.
The CD comes with two full size copies of the music.
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