Mazurka for Violin & Piano, Op.35
Fini Henriques (1867-1940) was born in Copenhagen. He studied the violin and piano in his youth and was considered a child prodigy on both instruments. He initially concentrated on violin, first studying at the Royal Danish Conservatory with Valdemar Tofft, a student of Louis Spohr. However, he also took composition lessons from Johan Svendsen. He concluded his studies at the Berlin Hochschule with Joseph Joachim for violin and Woldemar Bargiel for composition. Returning to Denmark, he enjoyed a long career as a soloist becoming one of Denmark’s most popular and beloved concert artists. He also founded a string quartet and chamber music society. In addition to his career as a soloist, he composed throughout his life, leaving operas, symphonies, ballets, and chamber music. Today he is mostly remembered for his very appealing short works for violin and piano. The Op.35 Mazurka, which dates from 1911, is an example of this genre. His charm and rapport with audiences along with his own lovely pieces, gave him a position which could be likened to that of Fritz Kreisler.
This appealing work has been out of print for a very long time and we are pleased to present it again. It makes a showy recital pieces which cannot but please.