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Mendy Smith

What to Choose?!?!

May 10, 2007 at 6:29 AM

After such an overwhelming response (thank you v-com!) on what music to choose, I've compiled quite a list to choose from. It ranges from incredibly easy to quite challenging and everywhere in-between.

1 - Litanty for All Soul's Day for viola and piano (Schubert)
2 - Sonata and Arpeggione for viola and piano (Schubert)
3 - Aria for viola and piano (Purcell)
4 - Ashokan Farewell
5 - Neil Gow's Laments
6 - Bovaglie's Plaid
7 - Song Without Words (Mendelsson)
8 - Casadesus "Handel" Concerto
9 - Hindemith's "Trauermusik"
10 - The Swan - Saint-Saens
11 - Arthur Bliss viola sonata
12 - Bruch's Scottish Fantasy
13 - Soliloque et Forlane for viola and piano (Reynaldo Hahn)
14 - Fantasy on Greensleves (R.V. Williams)
15 - Bach's Chanconne

My father is coming out again next week to come hear my concert. So my challenge will be to get my hands on either the recordings or sheet music for as much of this as possible to decide what to start learning next over the summer with his input. Already on the summer list is Bruch (learning how to be a romantic), Hoffmeister's Viola Concerto, plus my trio's pieces (Dvorak, Beethoven and Bach).

Tough decisions.....

From Karen Allendoerfer
Posted on May 10, 2007 at 10:55 AM
Thanks for the list. May you have time to learn the entire list, and more, before you actually need to use it.

Good luck with the Hoffmeister. When I was taking viola at first 7 years ago, my former teacher was having me learn the Hoffmeister concerto. First the Telemann, then the Hoffmeister. Now even years later I remember the Telemann quite well. I liked the piece then and it stayed with me. But the Hoffmeister somehow didn't really have the same effect. I still have the music, and I know I worked on it, but I have no memory at all of what it sounds like or even if I liked it very much. Let us know if it grabs you, and how. I'd be interested in learning a way "in" to that piece.

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