Virtuosic Sarasate violin music, played with a TINY bow

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

Sarasate violin Hildegarde Fesneau

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.

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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...