Pablo de Sarasate (1844 - 1908)
The Spanish violinist Sarasate inspired music from a number of composers, including Saint-Saëns, Lalo, Bruch, Joachim and Wieniawski. In common with other virtuoso performers, like Joachim and Wieniawski, he wrote music for his own use.
A number of Sarasate’s violin compositions have remained an essential part of virtuoso repertoire. These include pieces with a Spanish or gypsy flavour in addition to the expected series of operatic fantasies that are generally heard less often today.