2 Contrasting Selections?
I've been speaking with my private instructor regarding an upcoming solo festival in June. We've come up with 3 options for 2 contrasting selections that she believes will be achievable by me before mid-June. After being given the three options, I've to make a decision based on which selections I feel are a good contrast to each other in terms of sound and expression. Any suggestions for which choice seems the most unique/appealing? Thanks!
Choice 1: Mozart G Violin Concerto (1st or 3rd mvt) and Tchaikovsky Canzonetta for Violin
Choice 2: Deberiot violin concerto 9 (movement 1 or 3) and Chopin Nocturne 21 in C Sharp Minor
Choice 3: Any two movements from Bach sonatas or partitas (minus Ciaconna)
I think all three choices are good in terms of contrast because of stylistic and emotional differences.
Thank you! I think so as well. I feel like if I could figure out some contrasting solo Bach, the third choice could be more achievable.
You should pick two Bach movements of different tempos/characters if that's what you're heading for. Do you have favourite piece(s) within your selections?
I actually don't as of now.. I'm trying to do some research and find out some good selections.
Based on your teacher's other suggestions, I think the Allemand and Gigue from the d minor partita would be easily achievable; the Preludio and Gavotte en Rondeau from the E major partita harder but likely within your grasp. Any Adagio/Fugue combination from one of the Sonatas is very much more difficult than your teacher's other suggestions and most likely beyond you right now.
Thank you! I'll look into these movements!
The C Major Fugue is a beast, arguable harder than the Ciaconna. Usually you’d do most of the D minor and the whole E major before doing any of the fugues. Much better to have a solid foundation on Bach before moving into the fugues. But, the good news is if you’re ready for them you could probably rip through both I mentioned above in about a year or so.