Creating a Cadenza

Creating a Cadenza with Netanel Draiblate

For the Season Opening concerts featuring Tchaikovsky’s “Concerto for Violin”, Lake Forest Symphony Concertmaster and featured soloist worked with a local young composer to write a special new cadenza for the event.

Netanel Draiblate and William Pintas

Netanel Draiblate and William Pintas


Netanel Draiblate, Concertmaster

Netanel Draiblate, Concertmaster

The opportunity to compose a new cadenza for Tchaikovsky’s “Concerto for Violin” with Netanel Draiblate was offered as a unique auction item at the 2018 Symphony Gala. The highest bidder gave the opportunity to his son, composer William Pintas.

To begin the process, violinist Netanel met with composer William to discuss ideas, musical styles and to get to know each other. The bond between them was the foundation for the collaboration on this cadenza. The two bounced ideas back and forth, working over many months to combine their different musical tastes into a cohesive cadenza.

Cadenza - In a concerto, a brilliant, unaccompanied solo section, once improvised by the player, now more often already composed. It enlarges on the themes set forth in the work and exhibits the player’s technique.
Netanel Draiblate performing James Stephenson’s violin concert “Tributes” with the Lake Forest Symphony in the 2018-19 Season.

Netanel Draiblate performing James Stephenson’s violin concert “Tributes” with the Lake Forest Symphony in the 2018-19 Season.

Compared to the original cadenza composed by Tchaikovsky, Netanel explains that their cadenza combines romanticism with impressionism. William’s influences in French impressionist music helped shape the harmonic structure of the cadenza.

The piece features references to works by Debussy and Ravel and also references to the 3rd movement of the concerto. Netanel suggests audiences listen closely to the cadenza for previews of the finale. William’s harmonies combined with Netanel’s melodies and references create an original and exciting solo.

Read more about the cadenza in the Chicago Tribune’s preview of the concert!

The cadenza manuscript

The cadenza manuscript


Opening Night & Tchaikovsky’s “Concerto for Violin”

September 21, 7:30pm
September 22, 2:00pm
John & Nancy Hughes Theater

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