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The Weekend Vote weekend vote: What is your favorite violin piece?

August 20, 2010 at 2:17 PM

I've always wanted to ask this very simple question in the weekend vote, but the question didn't lend itself to the polling software format! So, since I'm waiting for new polling software, here's the question of the week, and please answer in the comment section:

What is your favorite piece on the violin? And if you have hundreds of "favorite" pieces (I do), narrow it down to one: What is your favorite piece right at this moment? The first that comes to mind, don't think too hard.

For me, I'd have to say at the moment it's the Ravel Sonata, probably because I just played it, and because I also have a recording of it in my car, in which I'm currently spending a lot of time, driving from Florida back to California! (It's a 2006 recording of Latvian sisters Baiba and Lauma Skride, also has some Schubert and Beethoven. Very nicely played). I enjoy where the Ravel takes me, the scattered but uplifted thoughts in the first movement, the slide-y "Blues" of the second and the wild ride that is the last movement.

What is your favorite piece at the moment?

From Ann Marie Cordial
Posted on August 20, 2010 at 2:30 PM

Vocalise.  By Rachmaninoff.

-----Ann Marie

From carlos majlis
Posted on August 20, 2010 at 2:28 PM

Sarasate's "Serenata Andaluza" (not to be confused with tha famous "Romanza Andaluza")

From Stephen Lim
Posted on August 20, 2010 at 2:31 PM

Piano & Violin Sonata k 304 2 - W.A.Mozart

If i remember it correctly.. 

From Annette Brower
Posted on August 20, 2010 at 2:57 PM is Baal Shem by Ernest Bloch but answering that question is like trying to choose between your kids.

From Anne Horvath
Posted on August 20, 2010 at 3:25 PM

Oh my.  My favorite concerto is the Tchaikovsky, but right now, today, this minute, whilst typing, I'd have to go with the Sibelius concerto, since that is my current project.

Safe journey, The Weekend Vote!


From Bart Meijer
Posted on August 20, 2010 at 3:44 PM

At the moment, it's Prokofiev Second Violin (aka Flute) Sonata, op. 94a.

The project was suggested to us by my piano partner's teacher. It will last us a long time, I'm sure.

(and I like Bach, too)

From Jerald Archer
Posted on August 20, 2010 at 3:50 PM

Tartini's Devil's Trill Sonate

From Khelsey Zarraga
Posted on August 20, 2010 at 4:50 PM

 I've gone through phases of liking a concerto for about a month, listening to it over and over. but then I stop and switch to something else automatically. It's kind of funny really. Right now it's a tie between the Lark Ascending and the Brahms violin concerto. both played by sarah chang.

From Theodor Taimla
Posted on August 20, 2010 at 5:00 PM

Ave maria by Schubert :)

From Oscar Lugo
Posted on August 20, 2010 at 5:10 PM

 Elgar: Sonata for Violin & Piano Op.82

From Michael Divino
Posted on August 20, 2010 at 5:31 PM

 Right NOW??? Britten V.C., janine jansen


From Jeff Terflinger
Posted on August 20, 2010 at 6:05 PM

I really love Jamie Laredo and Glenn Gould playing Bach's Sonata No. 4  in Cm, BWV 1017.

From Yixi Zhang
Posted on August 20, 2010 at 7:52 PM

Right now, Barber violin concerto.

From Michael Pijoan
Posted on August 20, 2010 at 9:00 PM

Hubay: Concerto no. 3

From Corey Worley
Posted on August 20, 2010 at 9:34 PM

overall: fox trot for orchestra by john adams!
Symphony: Any shostakovich
Chamber music: Shostakovich quartets (and the beethoven quintet)
concerto: Schnittke viola concerto mov. 2
violin concerto: Shostakovich violin concerto

But Fox Trot for orchestra is amazing....

From Sydney Menees
Posted on August 20, 2010 at 11:05 PM

 Brahms VC (today)

From Erika Burns
Posted on August 20, 2010 at 11:46 PM

 At this exact moment? Probably the Faure A major sonata...or is the Franck? Brahms rain? Bach? Lark Ascending? *sigh* Why do the simplest questions yield the most complicated answers?

From Corey Worley
Posted on August 21, 2010 at 1:14 AM

 Erika you are soooo right

From Samuel Lee
Posted on August 21, 2010 at 2:30 AM

Beethoven Violin Sonata 5 mvt.1

From Jefferson Dixon
Posted on August 21, 2010 at 3:49 AM

Nobody has said it yet?! Beethoven violin concerto of course! Karajan and Anne-Sophie Mutter playing it, there's nothing better. Although, I must say that there are SO many really fantastic concertos and recordings out there.

From Francesca Rizzardi
Posted on August 21, 2010 at 5:08 AM

Mine, too!  (Beethoven VC.)  One day my husband and I were strolling by my violin teacher's house, and one of her former students was playing it in her living room overlooking the street (practicing for an audition, my teacher recalled), and it was thrilling.

From Marshall Read
Posted on August 21, 2010 at 6:19 AM

There are SO many!!!!! I prefer violin concerto, my favourite at the moment is the Tchaikovsky I also like Paganini, sibelius, brahms and mendelssohn!!!!! I don't know which one to choose?

From Tom Connelly
Posted on August 21, 2010 at 1:08 PM

Lament on the Death of Sor Blanca Maria - Scottish Traditional

Arrangement by Bonnie Rideout

From Josh Thomas
Posted on August 21, 2010 at 8:42 PM

 The Lark Ascending - Vaughan Williams


Violin Concerto - Edgar Meyer

From Kathryn Woodby
Posted on August 21, 2010 at 10:12 PM
Favorites come and go but Sinding Suite in a minor remains at the top for me. That and Bruch g minor. Partly because I haved lived with these pieces more intensely than any others, partly because of the sheer emotional strength and beautyy of both.
From Trevor Jennings
Posted on August 21, 2010 at 10:48 PM

 Hmm, not an easy question, but taking it literally the answer has got to be Paganini's Sonata Set 2 No 2 from his "Lucca" Sonatas MS 10 for violin and guitar.  Technically, it's not too difficult (just as well, 'cos I'm learning it from Luigi Bianchi's recording! - does anyone know where I can get the sheet music? - I'm in England).  But, there's a beguiling apparent simplicity in this music that disguises its depths (a bit like Mozart does, perhaps), and there's a touch of folk music in the second movement.  This, incidentally, applies to a number of the 36 sonatas in the Lucca set, notably No 3 in Set 2 where the first part of its second movement is identical to an 18th c English folk tune, a polka called "Mrs Hill's Delight", or alternatively, in the best folk tradition, the "Bristol" polka, which I know well.  Now where did Paganini pick that up, I wonder?

From Anne-Marie Proulx
Posted on August 22, 2010 at 12:21 AM

Another vote for Devil trill Sonata!  Just hope this isn't a bad sing ; )   but I should say at equal position with a Svetlanov Poem.  So it balances things... 

From Karen Allendoerfer
Posted on August 22, 2010 at 12:46 AM

 Vivaldi Four Seasons

From Elinor Estepa
Posted on August 22, 2010 at 2:00 AM

Wieniawski VN concerto # 2. Since I am working on it right now.


From Frederick Rupert
Posted on August 22, 2010 at 2:22 AM

 Beethoven Concerto.  I asked myself what piece more than any other would be a terrific loss to ALL of music if nobody could hear it or play it.   This answer seems obvious to me.   

From Kylie Svenson
Posted on August 22, 2010 at 4:29 AM

I have thousands of favorites, but currently; a tie between the Bach chaconne and the Prokofiev fm sonata.

From Richard Watson
Posted on August 22, 2010 at 1:44 PM

 C major solo Sonata

From elise stanley
Posted on August 22, 2010 at 4:40 PM

beethoven romance in G.  the harmonies are to die for....

From Jack Shepard
Posted on August 22, 2010 at 6:22 PM

 Sibelius violin concerto

From Brian Allen
Posted on August 22, 2010 at 9:17 PM

I have always really enjoyed the Saint-Saens "Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso". This piece seems to hit all of the moods and when played well, is very exciting to hear and to play.


From Carol Deaville
Posted on August 22, 2010 at 9:20 PM

The Lark Ascending......

From Lawrence Franko
Posted on August 22, 2010 at 10:04 PM

 Right now? Paganini Caprice #24.At other times: the Sibelius, Britten and Shostakovich (#1) Violin Concerti. Also Prokoviev's First Violin & Piano Sonata.

From Pauline Lerner
Posted on August 22, 2010 at 11:49 PM

The Bach Chaconne, of course.  I'm surprised that only one other person has mentioned it so far.

Can anyone respond to this weekend vote, or is it limited to v.commies?

From Bonny Buckley
Posted on August 23, 2010 at 1:24 AM

Paganini's La Campanella.  It's funny, bright, cheery, exciting, devilish, daring, happy...all those things I love!!!!

Posted on August 23, 2010 at 2:18 AM

Bach's Chaconne, of course. This piece is the cathedral of all violin music !

From Mendy Smith
Posted on August 23, 2010 at 4:47 AM

 Handel-Halvorson's Passaglia....

From Royce Faina
Posted on August 23, 2010 at 10:28 AM

Bach's Chaconne; especially the youtube of Maxim Vengerov giving tribute to the Holocaust victims.

From Ana Ottenwalder
Posted on August 23, 2010 at 12:38 PM


Today, its  the Kronos Quartet`s - Lux Aeterna , all day.......

Ana D.

From stephen kelley
Posted on August 23, 2010 at 4:31 PM

Enesco 3rd sonata

From Rosalind Porter
Posted on August 23, 2010 at 5:01 PM

Bach Chaconne at the moment, but if you ask me tomorrow - it might be Elgar violin concerto, or....   

P.S.  Glad to see someone choosing the Elgar Sonata - is that piece generally taught much in American music school violin class repertory?

From Laurie Niles
Posted on August 23, 2010 at 5:23 PM

 I agree...with you ALL! :)

From D Kurganov
Posted on August 23, 2010 at 6:48 PM

 wieniawski - faust fantasy

From Barry Nelson
Posted on August 23, 2010 at 10:06 PM

St. Annes Reel

From Zion Lee
Posted on August 23, 2010 at 10:13 PM


From Rizky Ramadhan
Posted on August 24, 2010 at 2:14 AM

Korngold Gartenscene

Frank A major Sonata

Lark Ascending (Nicola Benedetti on this BBC proms season :D)

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