What are some good showpieces?

September 24, 2017, 8:01 PM · What are some good showpieces around the Mendelssohn E minor Concerto level? Just wondering. Thanks!

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September 24, 2017, 9:07 PM · A good chunk of what Wieniawski and Sarasate wrote. Some Ysaye. That should keep you busy fro a while. :-)
September 24, 2017, 9:24 PM · Perhaps some of Kreisler's stuff, perhaps Danse Espagnole from La Vida Breve (please correct my spelling if I'm wrong).
September 24, 2017, 10:15 PM · Kreisler, Sarasate, and Wienaski cover pretty much the bulk of show pieces. There might be some Ysaye or Paganini pieces that are somewhat obscure.
Edited: September 25, 2017, 12:32 PM · I just played tambourine chinoise by Kreisler, very entertaining
September 25, 2017, 5:21 AM · Oistrakh made a recording of the Tchaikovsky showpieces (Melancholic Serenade, etc.). I find they have more musical substance than Kreisler or Sarasate.
Edited: September 25, 2017, 1:28 PM · Danse Espagnole has always been one of my favorites as well. I also like Caprice Basque and Zapateado.

There are so many great showpieces.

September 25, 2017, 12:23 PM · What about other obscure showpieces for violin? I have to admit that Sarasate and Kreisler wrote some really nice pieces.
September 25, 2017, 4:03 PM · I think I would play something of Fritz. At least, that's what I've been working on while doing Medndelsson
September 25, 2017, 5:13 PM · If you are looking for something different from Kreisler or Sarasate, I would recommend Brahms' Hungarian Dances #1, #2, or #5. If you are looking for something you can pick up quickly, Monti's Csardas is a crowd pleaser. However, ultimately it really depends on your particular needs and circumstances.
September 25, 2017, 7:06 PM · I'm with Paul, the Tchaikovsky pieces (Serenade Melancholique/Souvenir D'un Lieu Cher/Valse Scherzo) are some of the most beautiful pieces of music I've ever heard.
September 25, 2017, 7:54 PM · On the easier side of the spectrum, if you’re looking for light filler pieces, there’s de Beriot Scene de Ballet, Wieniawski Mazurka, and Bartok Roumanian Folk Dances. I played RFD as a closing piece for my recent recital and everyone was amazed at how difficult it sounded!

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