Dr. Abraham 24 Caprices

for Solo Violin

"Such a fascinating set of works!  I can't wait to hear more of them!"

—Violinist, Jennifer Koh

These twenty-four caprices are my collection of advanced repertoire for unaccompanied violin written between 2010 and 2020. The number of works is a tribute to four violin performer- composers of the past whose works I have studied, performed, and taught. Each wrote a collection of 24 caprices for solo violin as well. Namely, these are Pierre Gaviniès (1728-1800), Jaques Pierre Joseph Rode (1774-1830), Niccolò Paganini (1782-1840), and Jakob Dont (1815-1888).

As a performer, my unaccompanied bookings accommodate a broad range of venues. Between 2010 and 2020, these venues included large rock-concert amphitheaters, yoga summits, juried doctoral-recitals, American String Teacher’s Association (ASTA) conferences, livestream events in Nigeria, live solo soundtracking for theaters and film festivals, televised events for the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS), and many more.

For all of those engagements, I wrote and performed my own music. That process immediately granted the realization of my most authentic output as a musician— my twenty-four caprices for solo violin. As such, all of them are very personal, and an ever-deepening experience to perform.

There is something here for a wide range of violinists. This collection contains clear influences of the baroque (3 fugues), romanticism, impressionism, jazz, American fiddle, rock, tango, and more. These are all new, tonal, and eclectic compositions that purposefully fill gaps I experienced in the extant solo violin repertoire.

Over the years several of these have been distributed individually. I have enjoyed many brilliant performances by colleagues, professors, students, and other artists. Here, for the first time, all twenty-four are presented together. I enthusiastically look forward to every performance following this edition!

Caprice No. 14

"Fiddle Tune No. 1"

Dr. Abraham, Caprice No. 14, The Neo-Appalachian Caprice

Caprice No. 23

"Fugue No. 3" (ending)

Caprice No. 1

"Alone"

Caprice No. 7

"The Étude Caprice"

Caprice No. 19

"The Neapolitan Caprice"

Caprice No. 6

"The Warm-Up Caprice"

Caprice No. 10

"This Girl Laughs"

String Quartet No. 1

"The Gilgmesh Quartet"

"The Star-Spangled Banner"

for 5 Violins

String Quartet No. 2

"Codex Janus"