The violin part for Capriccio Espagnol
by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov has been edited by Andrés Cárdenes,
former concertmaster of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. Cárdenes' bowings, fingerings
and other editorial markings have been added throughout the score. Written in 1887, Capriccio Espagnol is based
on Spanish folk melodies. Rimsky-Korsakov originally intended to write
the work for a solo violin with orchestra, but later decided that a
purely orchestral work would do better justice to the lively melodies.
The piece is often lauded for its orchestration, which features a large
percussion section and many special techniques and articulations, such
as in the fourth movement when the violinists, violists, and cellists
are asked to imitate guitars.
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