I've been reading these boards on and off for a while now so I decided I might as well register and make use of them. I'm pretty much just typing as I think of stuff so bare with me. I started working on Zigeunerweisen a few days ago and I'm really enjoying it so far. I know this is a pretty vague question but does anyone have any advice as I continue working on this piece? I'd like to have it ready to play in public within a month and a half or so (but it's not the end of the world if I don't). I guess (in hopes of getting more advice) I'll post my impressions etc. of it so far, keeping in mind I've only been working on it for a few days:
*Technically I think it's just right for me, nothing seems insurmountable but it's more than enough to keep me busy, and I think parts of it are going to push my limits playing up to tempo.
*Two parts stick out in my mind as problem areas right now. One is the long up-bow section in the first movement.
*The other part(s) is whenever the marking "gliss" appears by one of those downward chromatic scales. My teacher only had time to briefly go over everything at my lesson but basically he described it as vibrating while I slide my hand down. Sometimes (less than half) I get it to work, sometimes I don't. And I'm not really sure what I'm doing differently when it does work.
*The left-hand pizz part in the last movement isn't nearly as hard as I thought it would be, and it sounds really cool!
*Above all it just seems like a really fun showpiece especially because frankly, at least IMO, it sounds a lot harder to the audience than it really is =)
Also, not to overlook the Sarasate, but can anyone recommend a concerto to work on after this? Would it be reasonable to try and tackle the Mendelssohn? I'm open to any suggestions.
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