Arts and Music

The Violin Alone

The unlikely pairing of two modern visionaries, Vilmos Oláh, a Hungarian violin virtuoso, and Eric Funk, contemporary classical composer from the heart of Montana, has resulted in a new piece of music that pushes the boundaries of music and our notion of the possible. "Vili: Concerto for Violin Alone" is an extreme concerto in which its player must simultaneously play the solo and orchestra parts.

The Violin Alone

55m 43s

The unlikely pairing of two modern visionaries, Vilmos Oláh, a Hungarian violin virtuoso, and Eric Funk, contemporary classical composer from the heart of Montana, has resulted in a new piece of music that pushes the boundaries of music and our notion of the possible. "Vili: Concerto for Violin Alone" is an extreme concerto in which its player must simultaneously play the solo and orchestra parts.

Episodes

  • The Violin Alone: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    The Violin Alone

    55m 43s

    The unlikely pairing of two modern visionaries, Vilmos Oláh, a Hungarian violin virtuoso, and Eric Funk, contemporary classical composer from the heart of Montana, has resulted in a new piece of music that pushes the boundaries of music and our notion of the possible. "Vili: Concerto for Violin Alone" is an extreme concerto in which its player must simultaneously play the solo and orchestra parts.

Extras + Features

  • The Impossible: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    The Impossible

    1m 49s

    “Vili: Concerto for Violin Alone” is an extreme concerto that pushes the boundaries of music and our notion of the possible. Oláh must play the solo and orchestra parts simultaneously. It presents a seemingly impossible task; he must emulate flutes, oboes, clarinet, and timpani, and must move his bow towards the bridge in an exact position to capture crisp brass punch of a trumpet fanfare.

  • To Be an Artist: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    To Be an Artist

    2m 19s

    There is no more complicated thing than a feeling. “Vili: Concerto for the Violin Alone” is a reflection of the violinist, the composer, and the unquenchable human spirit of eastern Europe.

  • A Chance Encounter: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    A Chance Encounter

    2m 51s

    What are the odds that a composer would meet the violinist in his mind’s ear, and that a violinist would meet the composer who writes the music from his dreams? It happened with Tchaikovsky and Leopold Auer, with Brahms and Joseph Joachim, with Shostakovich and Mitoslav Rostropovich. It has happened before, but it is very rare. Now it has happened for Eric Funk and Vilmos Oláh.

  • The Hungarian Spirit: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    The Hungarian Spirit

    2m 52s

    When facing endless occupations, wars, and suffering, the Hungarian people have continually risen to prevail while revealing a richness of deep feeling, a wealth of soul, and indelible spirit.

  • Trailer: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Trailer

    30s

    The unlikely pairing of two modern visionaries, Vilmos Oláh, a Hungarian violin virtuoso, and Eric Funk, contemporary classical composer from the heart of Montana, has resulted in a new piece of music that pushes the boundaries of music and our notion of the possible. Vili: Concerto for Violin Alone is an extreme concerto in which its player must simultaneously play the solo and orchestra parts.

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