I am having a dilemma. I am preparing a recorded audition for University of Wisconsin - Steven's Point, to major in violin performance. I can send it in any time between now and the end of February. The repertoire requirements are simply two contrasting pieces. I chose two pieces that I enjoy playing and that I think I can play my best, the 1st mvt of the Mendelssohn violin concerto, and the Allemande from the D minor Bach solo partita. I am aware that neither are impressively difficult, but out of all the repertoire I have more or less under my belt, I feel that I can put my best foot forward with these pieces.
My teacher thinks that the Allemande is too easy. He assigned the Adagio from the 1st sonata. After a couple attempts at practicing at home, I don't feel as if I will be ready to perform it well and musically in two months time. It hits two of my weak spots: double stops and good musical expression in such a free, improvisatory style. So, it would definitely be good for me to work on perfecting it, but I just don't feel comfortable making it my audition piece.
I am not sure what to do... Stick with the Allemande, attempt the Adagio, or maybe just choose another Bach mvt? I realize the Allemande is not technically challenging, but what if I work carefully on my style and musicality? Is that 'impressive' enough? What are they going to be looking for in my audition?
Some advice from other experienced musicians would be great :)
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