Standard Repitoire

January 2, 2011 at 04:08 AM ·

I am interested in knowing what pieces make up the "Standard Repertoire" for violinists.  Obviously works like the 6 unaccompanied sonatas and partitas by Bach are among them, but I would like some more ideas.  

I really need to grow my repertoire and want to start with good "Standard" pieces that every violinist should know.  Sonatas, caprices, pieces, concertos.....everything!!!  Any and all help is very welcome and appreciated!  


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January 5, 2011 at 10:13 PM ·

I will star the pieces that are essential in the repertoire.

In terms of Concerti:

*Vivaldi Concerto in A minor

*Bach Concerto no. 1/2

*Bach Double Violin Concerto

Accolay Violin Concerto no. 1

Vivaldi Concerto in G Minor

Viotti Violin Concerto no. 22

*Bruch Violin Concerto no. 1

Lalo Symphony Espanol

*Mendelssohn Violin Concerto

Saint Saens Violin Concerto

From here, it can go any which way.

*Beethoven/Brahms/Sibelius Concerti


Wieniawski/Vieuxtemps Concerti


The Scottish Fantasy is also very common.

The order above is pretty common at New England Conservatory Prep School. Nothing is finite, but that's how I did it. Any teacher could choose any number of pieces, but all of them are considered pretty standard repertoire.  I had numerous pieces thrown into the mix. Some of them were:

*Beethoven Romances

Pieces of Fritz Kreisler

*Caprices by Paganini

*Beethoven Sonatas

Corelli Sonatas

*Bach Solo Works




January 5, 2011 at 11:34 PM ·

Volume III of the Joachim Violin School (written in the 19th century), which you can download in PDF format from IMSLP, gives the solo violin part of 16 "Standard Works for the Violin" that Joachim would evidently have expected a pupil of that time to have under his belt:

Bach: Concerto in A minor
Bach: Double Violin Concerto
Handel: Sonata in A Op 1 No 3
Tartini: Sonata in G minor (Devil's Trill)
Viotti: Concerto in A minor
Kreutzer: Concerto in D minor
Rode: Concerto in B minor
Rode: Concerto in D
Mozart: Concerto 4 in D
Mozart: Concerto 5 in A
Beethoven: Violin Concerto
Beethoven: Romance in G
Beethoven: Romance in F
Spohr: Concerto in A minor Op 47
Mendelssohn: Concerto in E minor
Brahms: Concerto in D


January 5, 2011 at 11:48 PM ·

Totally spaced on Mozart concerti! Sorry about that.

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