Audition piece suggestion/help
My current student has an audition coming up and I'm at a loss for something to suggest because of the requirements which are:
Must be Allegro or faster
Must include playing in first, third and fifth positions
So far not a huge problem until...
Must not be more than 20 measures
I personally don't know anything that short that meets the requirement of first, third and fifth positions.
I'm sure that there is something out there but I don't know what meets all three criteria. Help.
Can you or your student compose 20 measures that fit to criteria?
Perhaps they want an excerpt, not a whole piece?
Lydia, et al.,
Obviously there are no pieces that are only 20 bars long, so that's not an issue. The student can simply study a piece that goes up to 5th position and learn the first section for the audition and the rest as a longer-term goal. For a concerto, just the exposition. For anything else, just the first cadence. When they've heard enough they'll stop him/her. If they're playing really well, it might be more than 20 bars. It's actually a rather silly requirement. I've heard 2 or 5 or 10 minutes, but not x number of bars.
What about an excerpt from an etude? I think you could find 20 measures out of Kreutzer #10 or #11 that would fill the bill.
The first handful of measures of Csardas work for this.
I don't think the opening of Csardas is Allegro.
The beginning of the fast section of DeBeriot's Scene de Ballet would qualify, too.
Are you sure it's not a typo? Do they mean 200?
The first 20 measures of the E major Preludio seem to meet this requirement, though measure 20 is a silly place to stop... Come to think of it, there really isn't a logical stopping point until measure 138.
It's not unusual for youth and amateur auditions to say 32 measures. The choice of 20 is a bit odd. But really, you don't need that much to form an impression of a player.
Thanks Scott, the Preludium and Allegro is exactly what the audition ordered. Now, teaching him how to play it... That should be fun.