Suggestions for solo piece with small orchestra
A subsection of our university orchestra sometimes do projects playing a mix of baroque and modern music for smaller orchestra. Sometimes strings only, sometimes with winds if required by the repertoire.
I have been offered the opportunity to play a solo piece for the next project in spring.
I am looking for suggestions for this. It should not be a whole concerto but rather a shorter (5-10 minutes) piece and either baroque or 20th century. And suitable to play with a small orchestra, possibly strings only. Preferably for violin, but suggestions for viola are also appreciated.
Saint-Saëns lived and worked into the 20th century, although he composed his 1st violin concerto in the 19th. It's a wonderful, short piece. This recording has it in around 11 minutes:
Have you considered a movement of either of the two Bach concertos for violin? A minor is the more commonly played student concerto; E major is longer, harder, and in my opinion more beautiful.
I think Bo is an advanced player (pro level?), but that shouldn't dissuade him from playing Bach. I like Mary Ellen's idea of the Bach E major. That one sounds so good when it's played well. The harpsichord part you can do on an electronic keyboard.
I wasn't thinking of music for a student, I was thinking of music that sounds good with a string orchestra. There's nothing wrong with playing Bach; I played the E major with a chamber orchestra as a professional.
Schubert Rondo? Violin and strings.
For viola: Hindemith Trauermusik?
For viola, the Zelter concerto is delightful. Any one of the three movements can stand by itself.
Both Mozart 3 and 4 have arrangements for violin and strings on IMSLP. The Beethoven Romances could probably have string arrangements as well.
Thank you for the suggestions. I love playing the Beethoven Romances, but I am afraid that they will not be considered the right period for this band. And the same goes for Schubert and Mozart.
Bloch Suite Hebraique it comes with parts for both violin and viola but I have never played the violin part. The first movement can stand by itself. Not sure what the orchestral instrumentation is though. Might have more instruments than you desire.