Senior Recital Pieces
Hello! I'm looking to give a senior recital sometime near the end of May/beginning of June. I'm looking for short violin/piano pieces that I could teach myself. I'm around the Bruch level right now. I have been looking at pieces such as Salut d'amour by Elgar and the Glazunov Meditation to give an idea of what I'm looking for. Any suggestions will be helpful.
Already on the program will either be:
Mozart Violin Concerto No. 3 or Kabalevsky Violin Concerto
What about Tchaikovsky’s meditation, scherzo, or melodie?
Brahms Scherzo is a good piece for a recital but you need a good pianist. Also Prokofieff 5 Melodies is very nice. Sibelius wrote several short pieces for violin and piano. You could check those out aswell.
Any of the Kreisler showpieces would be excellent.
The Schumann Violin sonata no 1 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uyWg0708Sl0 , I would recommend part 1. But you need a patient pianist :)
Meditation from Thais
A good recital is balanced between different styles and eras of music, and shows a range of violinistic ability. One hour is a typical recital length. You'll probably want to mix repertoire you already know well, with some new things.
What I suggest to my high school seniors doing recitals is about an hour of music, not all of which is at their highest level. So one major piece and maybe a showpiece too that are at their highest technical level, with other smaller pieces representing different styles mixed in. It's also nice to include a chamber work (one movement) if you have friends who play at the right level.
At this point, you've got about eight weeks to prepare, which I think argues for picking new pieces well below your maximum level, rather than just slightly below your maximum level. That's especially true when choosing works you're going to study without a teacher, although I would
Yeah, I agree. Stuff on the level of Tambourin Chinois will be too difficult. I've considered Thais and Czardas both, and I like the idea of those two a lot. I don't have any complete Baroque sonatas, so I might pick a Kreisler baroqueish piece. I did play in a chamber ensemble that performed the 4th mvt of Dvoraks American Quartet. The folk dances/P&A are both pieces I've previously asked my teacher about learning, both of which she said I should learn sometime soon.
I just texted my teacher a bit and she said that Thais and Czardas sound like good ideas. She also recommended I play what I have of the Bach/Handel I've studied for auditions. I think that might work. I might also throw in a piece of my own that I've composed.
If you're at the Bruch level you should already know Meditation from Thais and if you don't you can learn it in a week.
I've taken theory/AP theory, and a few composition classes at a local university, so I don't think my pieces are too bad. I haven't started Bruch yet, we will very soon though. I'm finishing up the Kabalevsky Mvt 3. Thais should be a piece of cake, I agree.
Just wondering, its probably too difficult for this I'm guessing, but how difficult id Caprice Viennois by Kreisler? It's easily my favorite show piece.
It's too hard for you given the time allotted. I played that on my senior recital at Oberlin.
So, I'm guessing I have a while until I get there?
It wasn't the hardest piece I played, and I think you could get there...just not in the next eight weeks.
In 8 weeks without a teacher? Too hard. Put it on your wish list for next year. :-)
I was thinking more like working on it with my teacher, not by myself. I will definitely put it on my wish list along with pretty much every other concerto/show piece in existence XD
Why are you working on pieces "by yourself" at all? Do you have limited funds for lessons?
I want to focus on my lesson pieces duri my lessons, I’d rather learn stuff like Thais and Czardas on my own time.
I can't speak for your teacher, but if one of my students is going to perform a piece in public, I very much expect to be part of the preparation of that piece even if the piece is simple and it's just a matter of me hearing it once and passing it off as acceptable. Students--even advanced students--not infrequently make mistakes in learning a piece, whether a rhythmic mistake, a missed accidental, or a misunderstanding of the style of the piece--and if someone is publicly performing as my student, then it is a direct reflection on my teaching.
That’s the plan. I’m going to work on them myself and check in with my teacher a few times to make sure I’m doing stuff right. She really wants me to start the Bruch soon, and that’s part of the reason she wants me to work on them myself.