Second Piece for Violin Alone

Miwako Abe, violin

In this 62-bar miniature, Wolpe positions the violin to coquettishly tempt the listener with just the taunt of a three-note phrase. His program notes further reveal the romantic nature of his thinking: “How many pieces start that way, and then take you on a musical journey, like a symphony down the great Mississippi River…How not to take that trip!Second Piece for Violin Alone harnesses these simple raw materials and leads you on a playful journey through a piece of daydream.

—MS