Etudes that are fun and beautiful
I wanted to share a list of some etudes that I found particularly beautiful and/or fun to work on. I'd love to see some suggestions from other people.
De Beriot Study #14 -- excellent double stop study with very lovely chord progressions. De Beriot was really good composer. #27 is cool and fun as well -- really so many from the De Beriot book are fun to play.
Gavinies #14 is very pretty and brilliant -- all over the fingerboard -- good prep for Beethoven. So many Gavinies are first class music.
Dont #3 is a gorgeous arpeggio study. #5 is just brilliant sounding, a good performance piece. #9 is as fun as it gets for a trill study. And can't leave out #7 which might be the most useful Dont but also contains some lovely lines.
Kreutzer #38 and #39 -- would be lovely performance pieces if a little long. Gorgeous little wistful moments.
Paganini XIII and XIV. When I took on Paganini I was so surprised by how melodic and musical the Caprices are -- then found out they were developed as performance pieces for the stage long before Paganini ever wrote them down for publication. These are among the "easier" Paganini, accessible to most reasonably accomplished fiddlers. Just give them a little patience -- they give back generously!
Wieniawski Etudes-Caprices #4. Is it an etude or a lovely little recital piece? What it is, for sure, is fun to play.
Dont opus 35 or 37?
Nice idea. Great to get inspiration or direction for new places to go.
It's abt Dont 37
Helen, I believe it's Dont op 35. #9 has trills and #7 beautiful legato musical lines. #3 arpeggios can also be played with various bowings as Gingold suggested in this masterclasse.
I'd add the Rode Caprices to the list. Many of them are good recital pieces in their own right.
Maybe Fiorillo No. 28 to add, also not too hard in comparison to how it sounds.
I second Rode Caprices.
For an easier one that's still gorgeous, I'd have to say the Mazas Op. 36 No. 18 (Romance).
Thank you, Yixi. I love Rode 5 as well. Wieniawski L'école Moderne has some beautiful stuff too. It is like the Paganini Caprices in that they are good studies but could easily pass for recital pieces.
Second vote here for Fiorillo No. 28. My teacher loves that one. Some of his more talented middle-schoolers have played it. I think it's the only Fiorillo they do. I also really like Kreutzer 35 -- the Eb March.
The Etude for Associated Board Grade VII when I took it was the Gigue from the E major Partita. It SHOULD have been beautiful
Etudes can be created in various ways, such as some specific passages written by ourselves or selected from solo, chamber and/or orchestra works to address specific issues we are working on. In his
Paul, I play Sitt.
But études are not
Adrian has a good point, but "fun and beautiful" is in the eye of the beholder. Scales can be beautiful. Tricky passages from repertoire can be a lot of fun to work on, if they are sufficiently challenging, you have good idea what you need to learn and fix, you explore options and get timely result. Fun!
Yes, Yixi, I tell my recalcitrant students that scales are like rainbows!