Most of the great twentieth-century violin concerti were written in the ’30s, with the climax on the eve of the war.
Reflection of solo spirits pitted against systems? Not all of this music is anguished. Dates of completion.
Szymanowski 2 1933
Prokofiev 2 1935
Bartók 2 1938
Hartmann (Musik der Trauer, later revised as Concerto funèbre) 1939
Heifetz in the opening of the Walton, Walton conducting the Philharmonia.