Virtuosic Sarasate violin music, played with a TINY bow

19 October 2016, 13:47

Sarasate violin Hildegarde Fesneau

An 18th-century Balestrieri instrument, some of the showiest violin music ever written and a comically small violin bow...

The violin music of Sarasate needs nimble fingers and agile bow-work at the best of times – but star French violinist Hildegarde Fesneau obviously likes to add to the challenge of those semiquaver runs. 

In a video posted on her Facebook page, Fesneau plays her 1756 Balestrieri instrument with a teeny tiny violin bow that's only around two inches long. Oh, and it's the composer's fiendish Zigeunerweisen.

And she still nails it.

Making music with the tiniest violin bow

French violinist Hildegarde Fesneau plays Sarasate on her 1756 Balestrieri with a two-inch bow.

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And, just for reference, here's Fesneau with a regular sized bow...

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