Pablo De Sarasate: Navarra Op. 33 By Fumika Mohri And Walter Delahunt
Festivities for the fiddle
Pablo de Sarasate allegedly picked up the violin aged five and was able to play a piece his father had struggled with for months. Whether this is true remains contested. However his compositional greatness is not. This work would sit perfectly in a Victorian ballroom. It is full of excitement and charm, embellished by tambourines and symbols to which the dancing ladies would kick their heels, before gracefully waltzing around the room to the middle passages.