I'm going to be practicing a lot this summer and wanted suggestions of some new etudes I haven't played yet.
I've already played all of wohlfahrt books 1 and 2, mazas 1-3, schradiek 1-3, kreutzer, dont opus 37 (and I'm working in 35), kayser opus 20, I did dancla at one point but seem to have lost the book, and I've done harvey whistler's preparing for kreutzer, developing double stops, and introducing the positions books 1 and 2. then there's the carl flesch and hrimaly scale studies.
does anyone know of some etudes/scale studies other than the ones listed that could be good? and preferably aren't the ernst polyphonic studies because those just do not look fun
Fiorillo's etudes are very good.
Also Wieniawki's Ecole for polishing standardized virtuoso technique, Paganini's Barucuba variations for getting a feel for the caprices, and maybe Dounis' finger twisters if you need extreme finger independence. :)
hi Anna, you didn't mention Rode, so that would be a good suggestion. If you are already working on Dont op.35, however, that should already keep you more than busy! Also polishing up your Kreutzer can take a lifetime. Can you play them as well as the excerpts you can hear on stringology.com? (scroll down to the bottom of the page)
Wienawski's Ecole Moderne (suggested by AO) - just the easier ones. That book has etudes on the same level as Paganini. I second Rode and Barucaba variations.
Another practical approach is to get a book of wicked orchestra excerpts or concerto cadenzas -- often cadenzas have the character of a study or caprice.
Try Gaviniés. By the way, what are your current working pieces? A focused, in-depth study will give you more bang for the buck.
I probably could polish the kreutzer and some other etudes, and I've actually made noticeable progress with them lately, but now I'm at a point where I'm sick of them and just want something new to play around with. right now I'm working on the first movement of the sibelius concerto, and I can play it all technically well and just need to work on phrasing. also I genuinely love sight-reading and new music, so there's that
In that case, Gaviniés would fit the bill nicely. The Galamian edition (International) seems a good one.
Sevcik shifting studies (op. 8) might be worth considering.
Paganini 24 caprices, if you haven't done them...
I would think if you are playing Sibelius you should have either already done Sevcik opus 8.
@Anna Cats ~ You are an ambitious young (I think) violinist and have covered many pillars of the Etude repertoire with many here offering additional studies & hints re your musical study which from my perspective (as one of the 7 original pupils of Jascha Heifetz, and later, the first private artist pupil of Nathan Milstein for 3 & 1/2 years at his Chester Square home in London & p.t. Teaching Assistant for his Zurich Violin Master Classes), seems on terra firma track. With all your ground work, plus mention of being able to play all notes of the 1st movement of Sibelius' Violin Concerto well with, "... just need to work on phrasing ...", I must jump in here to state, emphatically, that as a veteran soloist, having performed & recorded the Sibelius Violin Concerto, you MUST address the phrasing and inner musical messages of all notes in the first movement of Sibelius' score. This is an indispensable RX for any young violinist who has the Summer to do lots of practising!!
Anna, what repertoire are you working on now?
I think the suggestions of Rode, Gavinies, and the Wieniawski Ecole Moderne are all good ones. Rode and Gavinies have a distinctively different feel to them than Kreutzer and Dont -- I suppose the difference is rooted in the French school vs the German school of playing back then.
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