Solo pieces in minor keys
Repertoire: I am looking for suggestions on a solo violin piece. I would like a piece in a minor key that is slow in tempo but beautiful, also moderate in difficulty. I can't seem to find a piece that matches this criteria.
From Amanda Peterson
Posted November 9, 2011 at 02:57 PM
I am looking for suggestions on a solo violin piece. I would like a piece in a minor key that is slow in tempo but beautiful, also moderate in difficulty. I can't seem to find a piece that matches this criteria.
Thanks for the help!
Bruch VC1, 2nd movement? Actally many concerto 2nd movements.
From Bob Leonard
Posted on November 9, 2011 at 05:16 PM
what do you mean by moderate in difficutly?? Do you want a concerto?? Here are some suggestions: in order of interpreted difficulty.
Vivaldi Concerto in A-minor
Bach, J.S. Concerto in A-minor, No.1
Accolay Concerto in A-minor, No.1
Beriot Concerto in A-minor
Vivaldi Four Seasons: Winter in F-minor
Vivaldi Four Seasons: Summer in G-minor
Mendelssohn Concerto in D-minor (the lesser played of the two)
Viotti Concerto in A-minor, No. 22
Vitali Chaconne in G-minor
Bach sonatas and partitas
Saint-Saens Sonata in D-minor
Grieg Sonata in C-minor
Faure Sonata in E-minor
Hope this helps and was what you were looking for
Canzonetta -2nd mvt. Of Tchaik. Concerto
Sicilienne, from sicilienne and rigaudon by kreisler
Dvorak Sonatine in G, the 2nd movement in Gm 'Indian Love Song' is lovely. It is available in imslp; http://imslp.org/wiki/Sonatina,_Op.100_(Dvo%C5%99%C3%A1k,_Anton%C3%ADn)
Depends on what you mean by "moderate" but there's a nice Chopin Nocturne in c-sharp minor transcribed/edited by Milstein that is quite lovely. The scales at the end are nasty, of course. The rest of it might not tax your phrasing and shifting ability but it will put them on display.
From Hendrik Hak
Posted on November 10, 2011 at 04:14 AM
Telemann wrote a number of violin solo sonatas that are a little easier than the Bach Sonatas and Partitas. Haven't checked but might be on IMSLP.
Schindler's list music is a bit easier say than the Chopin C sharp minor piece.
(Elgar's Chanson de Matin is an orchestra piece but has been arranged for violin and piano. Is on IMSLP in Canada, don't know if copyrighted in the States. Is in a major key but slow and very melodic.)