I'm currently at Interlochen adult arts camp. It really has two main 'playing' components (amongst a lot of other stuff of course): organized ensembles where you are assigned a role and 'spontaneous' (participant organized) get-together pieces. The latter are interesting because out of the fast chamber music repertoire you see the same pieces come up repeatedly (you can sample by just walking past the playing rooms). I don't think this has much to do with simplicity as there are some fabulous musicians here who really can play just about anything except the very extreme professional fare. Thus, there are pieces that everyone seems to treasure.
Which made me wonder if there was a graded list of the 'must play' chamber music out there? The truly amazing (and labour of love) book by Harold Haynes (Chamber Music Reprtoire for Amateur Players) does this in part but really is more a encyclopedic resource than a 'learning list'.
The idea is to create a quasi-sequential list of muisic you need to learn in order to be a 'rounded' violin chamber musician. It would include all the generally-regarded top (violin including) chamber music listed in order of difficulty. IMO it should be graded as a complete work (that is all movements) not just by the first (often the case for solo rep).
Anyone want to take on the challenge? ee
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