Do you know any easy, intermediate violin pieces with great piano accompaniment?
So I'm performing at a festival in April, and I had three pieces picked out, the first two movements of Vivaldi's Winter, the Czardas by Monti, and Bach's Cello Suite Prelude. Winter definitely needs some form of accompaniment, and Czardas sounds better with it, so I was thinking of asking one of my friends, a pianist, if he would mind accompanying me...if he already knows them, of course.
But, the Cello Suite is for unaccompanied cello (in this case violin).
So I was reconsidering that one.
Do you know any easier (I need to learn it quickly, and he probably might, too) intermediate pieces for both the violin and the piano?
I kind of hate how the accompaniment parts seem somewhat unimportant sometimes. To me, it's a duet, and both parts are equally integral. So any that would really include both would be great (like Danse Macabre, how the two are almost dancing with each other in the piece).
Thanks in advance.
Sonatas are more likely to have equal-partner parts. But for violin pieces, the piano is accompaniment, even if the pianist is an important collaborator.
Sonatas & duets are really the only pieces with equal roles.
Lydia, except for Brahms. The piano is equal in those;)
The Schubert Sonatinas are quite playable for both parts, and you could do one or more movements as time permits (the movements are short). I like the first one in D major.
I had a similar issue (in a lower level) with a piano player friend that I felt was shadowed in the piano/vioin duets. Another problem was that I am a classical music lover and she likes pop, jazz and modern music and she yawns as soon as hears "Baroque". We had many, many meetings (and beers) and finally we decided on a violin/piano arrangement of Gershwin- It ain't necessarily so. Both instruments dance together beautifully and if it was good enough for Heifetz...
Have you considered the Bach accompanied Sonatas?
The Bach accompanied sonatas are lovely but they are not all that easy, certainly not in the keyboard part.
I am an amateur violinist who also plays the piano about equally well. I have done a lot of accompanying for children in my teacher's studio. Unless your pianist has performed your piece before, they're not going to have it in repertoire. Piano teachers do not commonly assign piano accompaniments or piano parts for violin sonatas.
Perhaps Dvorak Sonatina.
Along the lines of Bruce's suggestion, how about Dvorák's "Four Romantic Pieces, Op. 75?"
Thanks for all the suggestions! I'll listen to them on YouTube, then try to play them on both the violin and piano, and I'll take the list to the pianist and see if he already knows any.
Is there a piece you know, that you use to show that classical isn't as boring, outdated, and strict, as people tend to think?
Sorry if this is too late but I recall a few years back I had a blast playing Violin Concertino in Hungarian Style, Op.21 by Oskar Rieding. It is a little on the easier side of intermediate level and I’m not sure if you will like the style but it is definitely fun and easier to play with a few piano solo parts.
Hi Terry and Raelynn.