The idea of a violin concerto was born in the mind of Willy Strecker of B. Schotts Söhne, Stravinsky's music publisher at the time, who proposed to Stravinsky that he compose something for the young violinist Samuel Dushkin, assuring Stravinsky that he could consult with Dushkin about technical issues (White 1979, 368). Stravinsky noted in his autobiography that Dushkin's availability for advice was a factor in his undertaking the Violin Concerto. He also sought the opinion of composer and violinist Paul Hindemith, who allayed Stravinsky's fears about his unfamiliarity with the instrument, saying that this might help him come up with new possibilities for it. Stravinsky met with Dushkin at Strecker's residence in Wiesbaden, and he decided to go ahead. Blair Fairchild (1877–1933), Dushkin's patron, commissioned the work (White 1979, 368).
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