Parlor par·lor (pärlr) Music
*Vignettes = A small illustration or depiction in words or music. Artistic sketches, here as related to music.
*Parlor = A room in a private home set apart for the entertainment of visitors.
When asked to play for a dinner, a nursing home, or visiting friends, I find that they really do not want to hear a full concerto. These solos have been referred to as parlor music. In the 1800's and early 1900's most homes had a parlor. My grandmother's parlor in Franklin, Pennsylvania had a piano in it. My Father, Weldon McCoy Barr would play the piano, or his Mother Margaret Toy Barr would sing, or my Greatgrandfather William Major Toy would play his violin. I think it behooves a violinist to have in his "pocket" some vignettes to play. I think of the vignettes as the diamonds of the violin repertoire. Beautiful sparkles of music to delight the listener. Here are some suggestions of vignettes I have found to be successful audience pleasers.
Chopin/Milstein - Nocturne No.20 in c sharp minor, this is a Milstein transcription and is available as - Three transcriptions, Milstein, G. Schirmer Music Company. Also included in the small collection are Tchaikovshy, Lullaby and Liszt, Consolation.