I recently read an older post on which somebody said to the effect of: playing the Paganini Concerto no. 1 would be a good choice if a violinist has done concerti such as Bruch, Wieniawski 2, Mendelssohn, Lalo, etc. to "bridge the gap" to the harder concertos. (i.e. Sibelius, Beethoven, Brahms, etc.)
I have played several concerti this level (Bruch, Wieniawski 2, and also "Zigeunerweisen" by Sarasate for example) and am well versed in some of the "violinistic" things necessary. I've played Schradieck, Kreutzer, Rode, and Dont etudes and have worked on Bach Sonatas and Partitas (currently on the Fugue of the 1st Sonata) I have an amazing teacher and he emphasizes technical mastery of the violin.
I know the Paganini is difficult as far as technique, but how tough is it musically? Would it be unreasonable for a violinist of my ability to play such a concerto? I had thought it would be, but I was intrigued by that response.
I've heard that playing musically takes years to develop, but anyone with a certain level of skill can master technical difficulties. Do you find this to be true? (P.S. I am a sophomore in high school...that probably makes a difference!) Any answers are appreciated!
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