Castelnuovo-Tedesco’s Tre vocalizzi
were originally written in 1928 as vocalises for wordless voice and piano. They were subsequently arranged in 1930 for violin and piano by Mario Corti, a distinguished Italian violinist, and one of the most devoted early advocates of the violin sonatas by Pizzetti and Respighi. Corti saw the potential in these pieces for transcriptions that used violin techniques to imaginative effect, with extensive use of double-stopping and harmonics, as well as a greatly expanded compass, using octave transpositions to exploit the instrument’s entire range. Each of the vocalises has a subtitle. The first is a rhapsodic Andantino entitled Pan ed Eco; the second is solemn and melancholy, Come una nenia marinaresca (‘like a maritime lament’); and the third, marked Tempo di Fox Trot is subtitled American Music—something Castelnuovo-Tedesco was to experience at first hand a decade later, when he embarked on a successful career in Hollywood.
from notes by Nigel Simeone © 2014