Violin college audition piece HELP!
I am going to be auditioning for Moody bible institute's music program. For the audition I have to play "Two contrasting pieces moderate difficulty" My teacher and I decided that my first piece is going to be the De beriot violin concerto in A minor and I am currently looking for another piece for my audition. any suggestions? thanks!!!!!
Unaccompanied Bach, Fuga from the G minor Sonata. Not too hard and well contrasting.
Fugue from G minor is "not too hard?" I strongly disagree. It is still a good contrast though. In my opinion, the Loure from E major Partita is easier.
Hard, really? That's the easy fugue!
To make it sound like Bach not to much like Tchaikowsky in some parts is one of the hardest challanged in the Bach Sonatas in my opinion. Its one of those pieces I often dont like how they are played.
Perhaps the fugue from Bartok's Solo Violin Sonata. It's a bit shorter than the g minor Bach. :)
Bach g minor fugue is way too hard for a violinist at the DeBeriot level. The d minor Allemand is a much better choice.
It may be the easy fugue, but all the fugues are HARD. Come to think of it, even the Loure I suggested earlier may even be too hard. I think I'll leave all repertoire suggestions to Mary Ellen from now on. :)
Contrasting to the deBeriot No. 9 you want a slower lyrical piece. My gut tells me that solo Bach is not what they are looking for. This is not a competitive conservatory. I agree with Mary Ellen's suggestion of "Medidation from Thais". The Wieniawski Romance and the Rachmaninoff Vocalise are both a notch harder (as I recall there are some double stops in the Romance; if so, don't go that route unless you can nail those). A notch easier than Meditation, in my opinion, would be the Gluck/Kreisler Melodie - shorter and less difficult but also much less of a showcase of your musicality. Paganini's Cantabile is another comparable possibility.
I'm confused. The Vocalise is on the level of De Beriot 9? The Vocalise seems way easier, maybe I'm looking at the wrong one.
Wieniawski Legende is a beautiful piece.Also, Ysaye Reve d'enfant.
I did weinawski mazurka for many of my auditions, and got through most of them with that piece. :D Good luck!
You & your teacher should discuss what 'contrasting' means (better, do as previous poster suggested--ask) then look through your repertoire for pieces you play confidently that meet the criteria. You don't say when your audition is, but if this summer, learning new works may not be smart.
Jacob yes Vocalise is easier
My thoughts on this discussion:
A slow piece, like a middle movement of a concerto, to demonstrate; tone quality, vibrato, technical control and musicianship.
Su Han I agree with you about the Gluck/Kreisler Melodie. From the student's perspective it's just a shorter piece. I think students find more opportunities in Meditation. But ... maybe that's partly your point, in a different way.
Meditation from Thais is a piece that every violinist should probably know. It's an all-purpose weddings-and-funerals-and-please-play-something-for-me work. It also works well for an offertory.
I second Mary's suggestion of the Allemand in d minor. It is in fact my "weddings-and-funerals-and-please-play-something-for-me work." It could be 2 to 4 minutes long depending on how many repeats you do. No accompanist needed.
I find Su Han's argument persuasive, but I don't see how it would be wrong to play Bach for an audition to a bible institute. We rightly elevate Bach in calling him "Everest" or "Ocean", but should also see him as a great pedagogue, someone who continues to teach through his music.
It all boils down to what they are looking for and what Matt and his teacher think he can play compellingly. Unaccompanied Bach is beautiful, of course, but it's very hard to pull off and there is also a "for music lovers only" aspect to it. Even with the D Minor Allemande, which is considered among the few easiest movements, the soloist has to convey the "story" to the listener, all by himself (or herself). With Meditation, the composer has largely done that for you.
J Ray, I'm not particularly saying that it is wrong to play one piece or another, I just highly suggest against it due to how difficult it is-it takes a lot of work to perfect Bach and the OP is, I think, talking about mastering a piece in a couple of weeks.
To be clear, I agree that it's up to the OP and teacher's best judgment and I'm not trying to argue my opinions further here, but I'd like to add the following information which I've found in the current RCM violin syllabus. Ref:
What grade is "The Last Rose of Summer"?
Well Paul, after listening to Midori's rendition (attaching the youtube link), I would assume that it is to music what Kobe wagyu beef is to the meat grade system.
Paul, I cannot tell the grade but I think it is quite hard and I would not be confident to play it at an audition, same for the rest of the polyphonic studies.
Wow you guys are so serious! Of course I was just kidding about "Last Rose of Summer." Obviously that's well beyond any "graded" system.
There are quite a few people that ask such questions in a serious manner. ;)
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