Plucked and Bowed Strings


Program :

  • Chaconne by J.S. Bach, Duo Violin – Harp by C. Saint-Saëns & V. Kikta, Harp solo by A. Hasselmans & B. Andrès
  • Chaconne, for violin solo by Johann Sebastian Bach (1720)
  • “La Source” for harp solo by Alphonse Hasselmans (1898)
  • “Élégie pour la mort d’un berger” for harp Solo by Bernard Andrés (2001)
  • “Fantasy”, duo for violin and harp, Op.124 by Camille Saint-Saëns (1893)
  • Sonata for violin and harp by Valeri Kikta (1998)

Great “Chaconne” for solo violin by Bach, popular finale of Partita n°2 in D Minor, is very long (lasting longer than the hole of the 4 previous movements!) and extraordinarily rich.

The inventive and colourful modernity of the Kikta Sonata will easily complete the romanticism of the Sonata by Saint-Saëns.

Alphonse Hasselmans composed several dozen works for harp alone, the most famous being the study for concert op. 44, The Source.

After a short career as orchestral musician, Bernard Andrès begun to use new effects from harmony research to his works, and added a new modal melodic tension in his compositions, especially in the piece “l’Elégie pour la mort d’un berger” for solo harp.