What is the order that you follow or followed to learning them?
I´m currently working on the third movement of the J.C. Bach and I don´t really know if I should continue with the hoffmeister in d or the handel in b; what do you think?
All I can tell you is that the first viola concerto I ever played was there Zelter.
you should play the Bruch viola romance. It's a great piece
What other repertoire are you working on? Depending on your own abilities, concertos at approximately the same level of difficulty can be learned in any order.
The Handel/Cassadeus would be a very minor step up in difficulty from the J.C. Bach. The Hoffmeister or Stamitz would be a bigger step up in technical level, but still probably doable. The Bruch Romance that Anthony mentioned is probably in between Handel and Hoffmeister from a purely technical perspective. If you have a teacher, I would go with whatever he/she recommends.
Thank you very much. I was talking with my teacher and he said I should be learning the Hoffmeister, then the rolla in E flat or the stamitz in D. I don’t find hoffmeister a very difficult piece but definitely more than the J. C bach.
Learned at a students' recital I attended that there are TWO Stamitzes in D, of similar difficulty (The one I heard was not the one I had studied in my schooldays and performed the rondo of with our school junior orchestra. The one I had studied had quite a beautiful slow movement and a catchy rondo theme).
Andrew Victor, I am studying the Zelter concerto right now! How did you like it? Did you play the long-ish cadenza for the 1st mvt?
Karen, I like it. Isn't it fun? And, yeah, I played it all including the cadenzas.
Here's how my teachers did it in order of increasing difficulty;
I would start with Telemann. The transcription for viola of Bruch's Kol Nidre is a good place to go after Telemann. Sometime in the last couple of months someone gave a link to a viola repertoire list by levels of difficulty. If you search for and find that, it will tell you all you want to know.
There's also Harold, and Tertis's arrangement of the Elgar 'Cello Concerto (but viola performances were blown out of the water once the late Jacqueline got going).
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