Road to Tchaikovsky
I'm currently working on my "Road to Tchaikovsky", the road that most serious student find themselves developing to achieve their dreams, and have come across something odd.
I've heard from a few seniors in my orchestra that they played Brahms Concerto right before Tchaikovsky, and while Tchaikovsky is known to be the hardest concerto, a myth I do not believe with others such as Berg and Sibelius, I feel like Brahms would equally weigh in difficulty.
What are your opinions? Is Brahms easier than Tchaikovsky to the point where it is worth playing before? I would love to play both, but with my timeframe, I would not be able to finish both by senior year probably.
I can't play any of them so I can only parrot what I've heard and that is that Brahms is harder than Tchaikovsky by more than just a little.
Brahms is more difficult than Tchaikovsky. Tchaikovsky lies better in the hand than Brahms, which is sometimes annoyingly pianistic (and has more difficult sequences of double and triple-stops). Both are endurance battles, but Brahms is worse than Tchaikovsky in that regard, I think -- the Brahms is more thickly orchestrated.
There are quite a few concertos harder than Tchaikovsky, certainly including the Brahms.
In the end, I would play your personal faves.
Tchaikovsky requires fast fingers and Brahms requires more strength. Some people are more likely to tense up playing the Brahms concerto. I think the Brahms is more difficult than Tchaikovsky.
Brahms is definitely more difficult than Tchaikovsky. In an interview, Sarah Chang was asked what she would say to Brahms if he were alive. Not missing a beat, she said she would ask him why he wrote such a difficult concerto.
Brahms also requires fast fingers. I don't know if "strength" is ever really a trait for violinists, though I suppose it could apply to right-hand power.
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