It's all about the music, dude! Sit down, relax and listen to some tunes.
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RE: An embarrassment of riches indeed!
Posted by Chris from Lafayette on April 23, 2012 at 10:37:54:
Yes - my understanding about the Prokofiev Op. 94 Sonata was that it was originally written for flute, transcribed/adapted for the violin at Oistrakh's request (as you say). But I believe I'd heard that somewhere along the line, the original flute manuscript was lost and that the flute version played today is a transcription back from the violin version. Do you know anything about this? BTW, there's a very interesting edition which has both the flute part and the violin part (with their at times differing figures) above the piano part. I have it, and it's very interesting, but I don't use it for performance, because there are extra page turns. ;-)
I don't know that Strauss Violin Sonata very well - I think I've heard it only once or twice. I did like it very much - the piano part sounds like it could be difficult. I've never heard a flute version of it however. I do love the Strauss Cello Sonata, which I've played a few times.
BTW, along with Strauss's remark, "never look at the brass - it only encourages them!", have you heard his other rule for conductors? "Never let the horns and the woodwinds out of your sight. If you can hear them at all, they're still too strong!" ;-)