Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in E Minor

Scope and Content

The original score - of which this is a copy - is handwritten by Burgess and inscribed "Gibraltar Summer 1945 - Monaco July 27, 1979."

See also AB/ARCH/A/MUS/78: File containing fragments of unidentified orchestral score.

Administrative / Biographical History

Burgess met Yehudi Menuhin when they appeared on a BBC television program together in 1964 and they corresponded intermittently thereafter. Burgess reviewed Menuhin's autobiography, Unfinished Journey, in 1977 and, a year later, Menuhin introduced Burgess and his wife, Liana, to Prince Rainier and Princess Grace of Monaco. In 1979 Burgess dedicated his Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in E Minor to Menuhin and sent the latter the original manuscript. Although Menuhin accepted the score warmly, he never performed the work.

The inscription, "Gibraltar Summer 1945 - Monaco July 27, 1979", suggests that the score derived from an earlier composition, Burgess's Sonata for Violoncello and Piano in G Minor. In his autobiography, Little Wilson and Big God (Heinemann, 1987), Burgess writes "It had been an inglorious war for me, a great deal of time wasted, and I had learned nothing. I had brought home with me the score of a violoncello concerto which eventually I would convert into a violin concerto for Yehudi Menuhin..."

Conditions Governing Access

Available in the Reading Room for consultation only.

Location of Originals

"Foyle Menuhin Archive, FMMS001", Royal Academy of Music.