What are some good showpieces?
What are some good showpieces around the Mendelssohn E minor Concerto level? Just wondering. Thanks!
A good chunk of what Wieniawski and Sarasate wrote. Some Ysaye. That should keep you busy fro a while. :-)
Perhaps some of Kreisler's stuff, perhaps Danse Espagnole from La Vida Breve (please correct my spelling if I'm wrong).
Kreisler, Sarasate, and Wienaski cover pretty much the bulk of show pieces. There might be some Ysaye or Paganini pieces that are somewhat obscure.
I just played tambourine chinoise by Kreisler, very entertaining
Oistrakh made a recording of the Tchaikovsky showpieces (Melancholic Serenade, etc.). I find they have more musical substance than Kreisler or Sarasate.
Danse Espagnole has always been one of my favorites as well. I also like Caprice Basque and Zapateado.
What about other obscure showpieces for violin? I have to admit that Sarasate and Kreisler wrote some really nice pieces.
I think I would play something of Fritz. At least, that's what I've been working on while doing Medndelsson
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.
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.
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!