This violin concerto was written during the composer's teenage years while he was still attending his last two years of school, and is less distinctive than many of his later orchestral works. Despite this it contains some bold and inventive solo writing as well as occasional passages that hint at the composer's mature harmonic style. Though written in the romantic tradition of its time, it hints at the young composer's reverence of masters of the preceding classical period, especially Mozart and Beethoven. In 1880 he had first begun to turn to large scale compositions during a tempestuous compositional interval after having decided to devote his life to composition, including a symphony in D minor (AV 69), which was well received. The following year he began to sketch the Violin Concerto in D minor, among several other compositions. Although it is today rarely performed, it received encouraging reviews, including the following by Karl Klindworth from May 1882, before its premiere:

Date of composition 1882 (1881-1882)
Premiered 1882, December 5th in Vienna, Austria
Type Concerto
Tonality D Minor
Catalogue TrV 110
Approx. duration 30 minutes
Instruments Violin
Autotranslations beta Richard Strauss: Concerto pour violon en ré mineur, TrV 110
Richard Strauss: Concerto per violino in re minore, TrV 110
Richard Strauss: Konzert für Violine d-moll, TrV 110