Henryk Wieniawski – Etude Caprice Op. 18 No. 4 (Itzhak Perlman, violin)

Henryk Wieniawski (1835-1880)

Henryk Wieniawski was a Polish violinist and composer.  In 1843 (when he was only 8 years old) he was accepted into the Paris Conservatoire.  Wieniawski was a violin virtuoso and toured quite extensively during his career.  He composed several pieces for violin and piano that he often played in recitals when on tour.  Wieniawski was a wonderful melodist, but his pieces are often very challenging to play and require a virtuoso technique.  A violin competition was named after him.  He is to the violin what Chopin is to the piano.

Here is a video clip of violinist Itzhak Perlman (accompanied on the piano by Janet Guggenheim) playing Wieniawski’s Etude Caprice Op. 18 No.4. This video clip was taken from a film of a tour Perlman did in Russia.  As you will see in the video, this piece is extremely difficult to play.  Perlman is such a master of his instrument that he makes it look easy.