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Op.8 No.1
Four Impressions (Killarney):
Miniatures for Violin Solo and Small Orchestra

This delightful set of miniatures was written in 1900 by the composer Cyril Bradley Rootham (CBR); the work provides an opportunity for the solo violin to have some fun!

Evolution of the work

Rootham was 24 years old when he wrote this work, and the young composer was evidently determined that the piece should be performed one way or another. In its original form (solo violin and orchestra) it is very unlikely that the work ever had a performance, because no manuscripts exist for the instrumental parts. But CBR then made two later arrangements: one for pianoforte duet and the other for violin and piano.

The following documents are held in the Library of St. John's College (SJC) and the Cambridge University Library (UL):
• [SJC] Op.8 No.1 Four Impressions (Killarney): solo violin & orchestra (1900)
  Ref Janus F4 - manuscript: complete full score
• [SJC] Op.8 No.3 Impressions pour Violon et Piano (1901)
  Ref Janus I5 - Bosworth & Co edition (1902) - movements 1-3 only
• [UL] Op.8 No.1 Four Impressions (Killarney): solo violin & orchestra (1900)
  Shelfmark MS.Add.9192.101(1) - manuscript: partial full score
• [UL] Op.8 No.2 Four Miniatures arranged for Piano Duet (1900)
  Shelfmark MS.Add.9192.101(2) - manuscript score
• [UL] Op.8 No.3 Impressions pour Violon et Piano (1901)
  Shelfmark MS.Add.9192.101(3) manuscript score - movements 1-4

The later arrangements

At present Op.8 No.2 Four Miniatures arranged for Piano Duet remains in manuscript form, and will probably not be typeset until 2019.

But Op.8 No.3 Impressions pour Violon et Piano is now typeset and can be heard in a synthesised MP3 recording on our website:

Op.8 No.3 Impressions pour Violon et Piano (pub.1902)

 
Impressions pour Violon et Piano Op.8 No.3
Published in 1902 by Bosworth & Co (cat. 4597)