Mieczysław Karłowicz worked on his Violin Concerto in A major Op. 8 from the spring to the winter of 1902. A fully mature composition, crowning the first stage of Karłowicz’s career, it was dedicated to the outstanding virtuoso Stanisław Barcewicz, who was also Karłowicz’s teacher. Barcewicz was the first performer of the work, at a concert in Berlin on 21 March 1903, devoted exclusively to Karłowicz’s music. He was accompanied by the Berlin Philharmonic. A repeat performance, in Vienna in 1904, was an overwhelming success, with the composer called onto the stage as many as seven times. The work’s first performance in Warsaw was also a success. A critic for Przegląd Tygodniowy wrote: The Violin Concerto is an exceedingly beautiful work, particularly its second movement, which comes close to the style of Bach’s cantilena. The orchestral accompaniment was subtle and fresh, unlike the banal accompaniments of Sarasate or Vieuxtemps.