Kreisler’s Violin Music.


Fritz Kreisler: Violin Music

Fritz Kreisler was a legendary violinist and composer during his own lifetime. His specialty became the adaptations and arrangements that he wrote based on earlier composers’ music.

In this collection, we hear many of his pieces, which later became vignettes that violinists presented as encores at the end of concerts. Still, a unique, light, and song-like style was required to present these compositions. And even some of the major violinists of the day, studied this style with Kreisler personally.

Tracks on this recording are:


Praeludium and Allegro (in the style of Pugnani)
Schön Rosmarin
Polichinelle, serenade
Tambourin Chinois, Op. 3
Melodie (after Gluck)
Toy Soldiers’ March
La Chasse (The Hunt) in the style of Jean-Baptiste Cartier
Caprice Viennois, Op. 2
Allegretto (in the style of Boccherini)
Danse Espagnole (after Falla)
Mazurka in E minor (after Dvorak)
Miniature violin march
Recitative & Scherzo Caprice, Op. 6


Violin Sonata in G minor ‘Devil’s Trill

Performed by Jack Liebeck (violin) and Katya Apekisheva (piano)

Jack Liebeck plays this music beautifully. His style is more reserved when it comes to the noticeable slides and ‘swoops’ between notes, which became such a hallmark of Fritz Kreisler’s own playing.

Here is Jack Liebeck performing ‘Violin Sonata No.3 in D Minor’ by Brahms:


And next, here is Mr. Liebeck in Vaughan Williams’ “The Lark Ascending”:



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