In addition to the Classical and Baroque styles that brought the violin to worldwide fame, there are many modern pop and rock songs that highlight the capabilities of this beloved instrument. Here, we’ve listed a handful of the best violin songs that showcase the true versatility of the violin. You’re bound to find at least one violin song you’ll love on this list!
The 5 Best Violin Songs
Violin Song #1 – Bach’s Chaconne
It wouldn’t be a true compilation of the best violin songs if we didn’t include Bach. The fifth movement of Bach’s Partita No. 2 in D minor for unaccompanied violin is one of the best violin songs of all time.
This particular video features Nathan Milstein performing the violin song. Milstein is an accomplished violinist, and he does the piece great justice. While not played at an incredibly high tempo, it does allow a violinist to show his or her prowess completely.
Violin Song #2 – Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto
Another phenomenal violin song, Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto includes both beautiful and haunting moments. It also features fast paced and technical sections that require rigorous practice.
At more than 25 minutes in length, depending on the particular conductor and soloist, the piece allows the violin player to expand musical horizons as long as he or she wishes.
Violin Song #3 – Vaughan Williams’ “The Lark Ascending”
In a bit more contemporary-classical vein, Ralph Vaughan Williams composed “The Lark Ascending” after being inspired by a George Meredith poem. This violin song is gorgeous when accompanied by a piano or full concert orchestra.
As the title suggests, it is a light and airy piece, composed to actually transcribe into the sounds of a lark.
Violin Song #4 – Kansas’ “Point of Know Return”
When the rock group Kansas formed, Robby Steinhardt was an integral member of the band. He didn’t play guitar or drums, nor was he a lead vocalist. Rather, he was a talented violin player who was able to give the band its signature sound that set them apart from other rock groups of the time.
In the song “Point of Know Return,” Robby’s talents are on display throughout, including a bridge and solo section that bring the violin to the forefront.
Violin Song #5 – Lindsey Stirling’s “Crystallize”
While Lindsey Stirling hasn’t been performing internationally for long, she has quickly become the face of dubstep violin playing. The marriage of a centuries-old instrument and modern computer-generated music tickles the eardrums in a unique way.
The attention to detail in Stirling’s recordings is quite evident, blending new techniques with classical standards. If dubstep is a musical genre you enjoy outside of violin playing, be sure to check out all of her violin songs.
This list of the best violin songs is by no means comprehensive. Use the list for inspiration when you’re practicing or learning to play the violin. The more you immerse yourself in the wide variety of violin music that’s out there, the more you’ll continue to be motivated to improve your own skills.
If you have a favorite violin song that you feel should be acknowledged, let us know in the comments section below!
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