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Born: 2 February 1875 — Wien — Austria
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Tasmin's introduction
to Kreisler's Praeludium
(1) Fritz Kreisler - Praeludium and Allegro - 5'37
Fritz Kreisler ..(( & play)

Kreisler was a famous and popular violinist of the early 20th century, but for nearly thirty years, he played the Praeludium and Allegro in concert whilst pretending it had been written by the Italian 18th century violinist and composer, Gaetano Pugnani!

Whether he did so to escape the critic's criticism, who knows, but it caused quite a stir when he confessed that not only had HE written the Praeludium and Allegro, but he had also penned quite a number of other works that he had not admitted to!
I love this piece as an opening to a concert because it packs such a punch!  Have a listen to the first few bars!


The middle section of the Praeludium is more thoughtful and takes the form of a fantasy which builds up before a reprise of the first idea comes back, ending with passion and strength. The next part of the piece, the Allegro, is in a musical form called Rondo, where the idea first heard is brought back at different points in the movement, usually after a new idea has been played.  Here's the theme:


The music builds up to a superb and wild climax in the form of an extended virtuosic improvisation, somewhat like the cadenza of a concerto.