Romanze in E Major for either Violin or Viola & Piano, Op.7
Friedrich Robert Volkmann (1815-1883) was almost an exact contemporary of Wagner, however, he certainly did not tread the same path as his fellow countryman. He forever kept Beethoven in front of him as his model although he was later to fall under the sway of Mendelssohn and then Schumann. Though born and schooled in Germany, Volkmann, after a brief stint in Prague, got a job in Pest in 1841 and made friends among the large German community there. Though he went to Vienna in 1854, he missed Pest and moved back in 1858 where he remained for the rest of his life. During his lifetime, Volkmannís music was was not only considered the equal of that of Schumann or Mendelssohn, but also more advanced. It was commonly recognized that it was the link between Schumann and Brahms.
The Romanze was an early work composed in the 1840's for cello, however, Volkmann's publisher suggested that it would also be suitable for violin and viola. Volkmann was amenable and the famous violinist and editor Friedrich Hermann made the arrangements of this lovely work which makes a fine recital piece.