No 13 is dedicated to the Czech violin virtuoso Jan Kubelík. The piano introduces the first, fast theme. This three-bar-long, asymmetrical tune is divided between the chords (first bar) and the following rhythmical motif of two bars. This provides the base for a fairly developed first part, including also a set of variations. A violin cadenza leads to the second simple, soft melody (with a cimbalom-like accompaniment and a contrapuntal melody in the left-hand). A modulating fantasy by the piano on a motif from the first theme’s second bar provides an interlude. Another, two-part melody is introduced by the violin. The first part has typical trills, while the second part opens with two plucked chords. Both interchange in the variations.
from notes by Amnon Shaham © 2004