The Violin Concerto in E Minor is the most famous work by Julius Conus.
Dedicated to Jan/Jean Hrimaly (1844-1915), Conus’ former teacher at Moscow, this concerto was premiered by Conus near the close of the 19th century. It achieved a degree of notoriety when none other than the legendary Jascha Heifetz played it at Carnegie Hall and later (1952) recorded it. (Another early champion had been Fritz Kreisler.) Written in the “French” style of chromatic harmonies with a fair share of long-limbed melodies, the concerto is basically in one movement, although the opening (Allegro molto) is eventually “interrupted” by a second section(movement) before returning (as the “third” movement) for a recapitulation, cadenza and long coda to finish the concerto, which coincidentally is in the same key as the Mendelssohn concerto.