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Special Symphonic Concert to commemorate Independence Day
They say that the inspiration for the Enigma Variations came from a musical joke – one afternoon, the composer was entertaining his wife Alice with a piano improvisation, in which he tried to create musical caricatures of his wife, himself, and friends of the family (asking her to guess who each caricature referred to). Alice found the idea extremely interesting and encouraged her husband to develop and write down the improvised piece. The theme of the cycle is an enigma – according to
Elgar, it is a mere counterpoint to a popular melody, although it is still not known which. The attempts to solve this riddle, combined with the attractiveness of the concept and the beauty of the music, contributed greatly to Elgar’s fame.
Mieczysław Weinberg wrote his Cello Concerto in 1948 and dedicated it to Mstislav Rostropovich. The Soviet Union of that time did not favour experiments in form or texture, and therefore the piece sounds quite traditional. At the same time, however, it delights the listener with the beauty of its extensive cantilenas performed by the solo instrument, its rich harmony and expression, and its dazzling virtuosity in parts.