College Application Repertoire?
Hey guys, I'm a junior in high school and I'm looking to pursue violin performance for college, currently I'm preparing the 1st movement of the Saint Saens concerto and the Paganini Caprice No. 17, both I don't have significant problems with; However, I really need to start preparing the two Bach movements required, my teacher wants me to start with the Allemande of the D minor partita, but that seems way to easy for the application, I would talk to my teacher about this as well but what pieces would you guys recommend that I can prepare in around 6 months? Thanks!
For my audition, I did Bach Sarabande and Gigue from the D minor Partita. What's good about these two is that they are attacca so it makes sense performing them together. The Sarabande is excellent at showing bow control - although it really was not enjoyable to perform it while I was getting some awful bow shakes from how nervous I was! The Gigue is ok as long as you really prepare it, although performing it from memory was pretty stressful. Still aside from this, I think it impressed them and I managed to get a place (with a scholarship :D:D)
I'd concur with the above. If you want to play something a bit more technically showy, you could consider some of the later movements from the B minor Partita, which is definitely underplayed. The Tempo di Borea is especially fiddly to voice and keep elegant, but in 6 months you should have plenty of time to polish it.
Does your teacher want you to do the D minor Allemande because it's sufficiently easy for you that you can concentrate on the rest of your audition rep that might need more work, or is there some other aspect of your playing that they feel this will be a good demonstration of?
G minor Adagio and Fuga?
If you can manage the G minor adagio and fugue that's definitely the way to go in my opinion.
Ditto on talking with your teacher. While your'e abilities are not known to us, your teacher knows your playing ability, limits, and what you can perform well.