Piece for local competition
I am going to play on a local competition. My teacher wants me to play Rachmaininov Vocalise, but I'm not sure if is's a good piece for competition, but rater for solo recital. It was our school pianist and our accompanist proposition and I really enjoy playing it and listening to it, but I'm not sure if the jury will see its intrinsic values. Two years ago flutist played Nocturne by Chopin really wonderfully, but she wasn't awarded any major price.
I want to bring an other piece to show off little more. I have played following concertos: Haydn concerto in G major 1st movement, 1st movement of Bach a minor and my last solo pieces were Romance by Drdla and Wieniawski Romance sans paroles (without rondo elegans). I am currently working on etudes Rovelli 9, Kreutzer 36,37,12 and some Schradieck.
I am not a suzuki student, but I am considering playing La folia from book 6. My teacher was saying something about 1st movement of a season by Vivaldi (but not Summer, she considers it as not effective). I've also brought Ballade by Enescu, but my teacher said that I'm not ready for it without more explanation.
Can you suggest me something nice? I have 10 minutes limitation. Thanks
What competition are you doing? What are the repertoire requirements?
I don't have any specific recommendations and understand that you want more "technically challenging" pieces. But that kind of depends doesn't it? You can play Rachmaninoff like Perlman and I'm pretty sure you will give the jury a run for its money or play a higher level piece and sound rough.
Does your teacher think you can win, or is it so you can get performance experience? Both are good reasons, so don’t sweat it.
If the competition is coming up soon, then you should play something you already know. The Haydn is better than the Bach A Minor because it has a few double stops and a little cadenza. And you can inch the level of challenge up just a little by finding a different cadenza (I'm assuming you played the Kuchler cadenza in Barbara Barber's Solos for Young Violinists Volume 3). If you have time to prepare a totally new piece, then La Folia can be very good and impressive-sounding in my opinion. It's not excessively long. You might ask your teacher whether you are ready for the Accolay A Minor Concerto. That piece has a variety of nice violinistic elements that could make it quite appealing in a competition. It has a passage at the end that is very similar to what La Folia has at the end with some open-string double stop combinations. First movement of Vivaldi Summer is playable, but that's quite a step up from your Haydn and Bach movements in my opinion. But it's a good piece to work on (good prep for Mozart) and it can sound impressive if played cleanly, with the high-position sequence well in tune and the last page played with some fire.
As it comes to competition its a cooperation of several local schools and jury members are headteachers of local schools, they are mixed as it comes to their instruments, but only string player is violist.
It sounds like you're doing the right things.
Perlman - Israeli Concertino 3rd movement is the first thing that comes to my mind. From your description of what you have done it should be quick and easy for you to learn but shows well and I think has a bit of flash to it.
The vocalise is a pretty piece but it does not have the sizzle that judges are often looking for in a competition situation, especially when the judges are not string players. For pianists, faster is almost always harder, so judges who play the piano are in that mindset.
Yesterday at my lesson I had a talk wit my teacher about a piece choice. Vocalise was actually proposed to play by our pianist and she agrees that it isn't best choice. She wants me to play either Vivaldi spring (her proposition) or Corelli (my proposition), but she prefers original edition over suzuki (she was cringing about bowings in Vivaldi a minor that her other student play).
Where do you get the sheet music for Enescu's Ballade? I just did a google search for it and am coming up empty handed. Would love the sheet music for it, I adore Enescu.
I've got sheet music from this page: http://www.rememberenescu.ro/ro/03/partituri.php I found link somewhere on violinist.com. I also adore his pieces, but I could't find any paper sheet music of his pieces. It was also available on Menuhin competition page, but It was removed from there.