The violin repertoire is full of bonbons and/or showpieces such as Ottokar Novacek’s “Perpetuum mobile.”  As my son studies some of them, including the Novacek, I’m learning to like them and regret that, these days, they aren’t played more often.

Generally, these pieces are extremely lightweight, but they make no pretensions of being anything other than what they are. They aim to impress, they aim to entertain.

Below, Yehudi Menuhin zips through the Novacek in 1934, with Pierre Monteux and the Paris Symphony Orchestra in support.