Canzonetta for Violin and Piano, Op.52 No.2
Joseph Achron (1886-1943) was born in the Lithuanian town of Lodzdzieje (now Lazdijai). He studied violin with his father and then at the Warsaw Conservatory with Isadore Lotto and finally at the St. Petersburg Conservatory with Leopold Auer, teacher of such stars as Heifetz, Milstein and many others. Achron knew Heifetz and the two became friends with Heifetz championing Achron's music. After graduation, Achron pursued a career as a soloist, concertizing throughout Russia and Europe, Palestine and America. He taught and served as director of the Kharkov Conservatory and subsequently moved to Hollywood. Throughout his life, he composed. Most of his works are for violin and piano, however, he also wrote in several other genres.
Canzonetta dates from the early 1920ís. The work started life as a song the lyrics to which were from a poem by Avraham Ben Yitzhak, a Hebrew poet. He later arranged the work for either violin or cello and piano.
This works is highly evocative and makes a fine encore.