“Like wind passing through a graveyard” is the words Prokofiev chose to describe what the first movement of his Violin Sonata No. 1 should sound like. Perhaps such as description is not so surprising given that the work was composed during a gloomy era between 1938 and 1946.
This dark and brooding sonata is a favourite for many among Prokofiev’s violin works. Like most violin sonatas, it was originally written for violin and piano, but versatile Borrani made this arrangement for violin and string orchestra.
Considerably brighter is Beethoven’s String Quartet in F major, Op. 135, which is played in an arrangement for string orchestras.