NEW MUSIC TUESDAY | Mark O’Connor’s Newly Premiered “Menuhin Caprice” – The Violin Channel

Mark O’Connor recently talked with The Violin Channel about his new work.

“The Paganini and Locatelli violin caprices were an early inspiration for me as a violin player-composer,” Mark O’Connor told The Violin Channel.

“The violin caprice as a genre of music was very much the creative catalyst for me to both develop my solo violin-playing signature, and a good way for me to step out from the shadows of being a sideman in bluegrass and country music.

“At its core, I was exploring ways for the string instrument to help further the idea of an American classical music, a genre that had largely discounted string-playing since its nascency, favoring wind, brass, percussion, and vocal music much more so. I have always attributed that fact to the lack of violin player-composers since the time of Kreisler.

“Several years ago, the classical composer John Corigliano called me up to come over to his studio in NYC and listen to his new violin competition piece that he was commissioned for. I thought it pretty swelled that he was asked to compose a compulsory piece for a major violin competition and that it was inspired by my music! I couldn’t help but think that this somewhat opened the door for me to do the same one day down the road — to compose a violin competition piece utilizing my own stylings.

“What happened