Favorite pieces for violin practice
I heard Passacaglia's duet for violin and viola for the first time a few weeks ago, and I really like it. I would like to know about your personal favorites for violin practice (other than Bach, Brahms, Tchaikovsky, Mozart, Vivaldi, Schubert)... Simply interested in exploring new stuff that I might not have heard yet. Thanks in advance!
I like to play music from movies. Recently a pianist and I played the theme song to the Thomas Crown Affair. In terms of classical music, I like to listen and play Fritz Kreisler's violin arrangements of different works.
I love Franz Drdla's little salon pieces, very Hungaro-Viennese and similar to some of Kreisler's. He wrote more than 200, lots of which have recently appeared om imslp.org.
What is the hardest concerto you have been able to learn well? It's easier to make recommendations if I have a target to aim for.
When I'm just messing around after having a few beers it's usually the Schoenberg or Ernst's "Last Rose of Summer."
I like to play random notes off the top of my head (improvising).
How do you manage playing any notes, random or not, with the violin on top of your head?
I like to improvise and play random notes.
Darn. Just when it was getting interesting.
I can almost convince myself I am playing "the last rose" after a couple of beers...
Even this guy has a tough time playing on top of his head-
Hello, thanks everyone for your responses!
@Leonard It's for listening.
Hello Shiruma, you may want to listen to the Suzuki CD's. They could really help you with intonation and rhythm on music you are currently learning.
Ah, listening. These are some of my personal favorites: Chausson Poeme; Mozart Sinfonia Concertante for violin and viola; Bach Double violin concerto (2nd movement in particular); Brahms Concerto and the Brahms Double Concerto for violin and cello; Prokofiev concerto #2; Faure violin sonata #1; any Brahms violin sonata.
Hello Timothy, thanks for the recommendations. I just attended a chamber music performance by this Italian group called Quartetto di Cremona. They had played Haydn string quartet op. 20 no. 1, Verdi string quartet in E minor and Beethoven string quartet op. 132!
Hi Mary Ellen, I would love to check out your favorite pieces. I like Prokofiev's concerto too! Haven't heard anything by Faure yet... Special thanks for the mentions!
I play segments from the first movements of Wieniawski No. 2 and Bruch No. 1 before actually diving into the practice (I.e. after scales). If I’m bored and in the mood for something slow, I play Kabalevsky Improvisato or Bach Sonata No. 1 Adagio.
Thanks Cassio Chae for sharing the names with me! I'll look them up. Bruch's no. 1 is also a favorite of mine.
I really like Saint-Saens Violin Sonata No.1 (Op. 75).
Hello Michael, just checked it. Oh.. I really like that! And Op. 40 (Danse macabre) is one of my favorites!
Yes it's quite enjoyable. Saint-Saens is very under-rated.
Oh anytime! I would love to give that a listen. Thank you!