The Violin Concerto No. 1 in A minor, Opus 77, was originally written by Dmitri Shostakovich in 1947 - 1948. He was still working on the piece at the time of the Zhdanov decree, and in the period following the composer's denunciation the work could not be performed. In the period between the work's initial completion and the first performance on 29 October 1955, the composer and its dedicatee, David Oistrakh, worked on a number of revisions.
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's Violin Concerto No. 1 in B flat major K. 207 was originally supposed to have been composed in 1775 (when Mozart was 19), along with the other four wholly authentic violin concerti. However, analysis of handwriting and the manuscript paper on which the concerto was written suggest that the actual date of composition might have been 1773. It has a common three-movement structure.
Violin Concerto No. 1 in F-sharp minor by Polish violin virtuoso Henryk Wieniawski was first performed on October 27 1853 in Leipzig. The score is dedicated to King Friedrich Wilhelm IV of Prussia.
BÃ©la BartÃ³k's Violin Concerto No. 1, BB 48a was written around the years 1907–1908, but only published in 1956, after the composer's death. It was premiered in May 30, 1958 in Basel, Switzerland.
The Concerto No. 1 in G minor for violin and orchestra, op. 26, was begun in 1864 and finished in 1867 by Max Bruch. It was dedicated to Bruch's friend, the virtuoso violinist Joseph Joachim. One of the most beloved pieces in the genre, Bruch's first violin concerto continues to be performed and recorded by many violinists.
NiccolÃ² Paganini composed his first violin concerto in Italy, most probably in 1817-1818. The First Concerto reveals that Paganini's technical wizardy was already full-fledged; in particular, contemporary audiences must have gasped at the quite extended passages of double-stop thirds, chromatic in some places but also sometimes in harmonics. Furthermore, the concerto itself also shows how greatly Paganini's melodic style was influenced by Italian bel canto opera then in vogue, and especially by the work of his younger colleague Gioacchino Rossini.