Anybody know level of Rode, Dont (Op. 35), Paganini, or Weiniawski????

April 8, 2005 at 11:44 PM · Hey, I'm looking at applications for Juilliard pre college and one of the audition requirements is an étude on the level of Rode, Dont (Op. 35), Paganini, or Weiniawski. I have never heard of these pieces and was wondering if anyone could give me an idea about the standard, and possibly some other pieces of about the same level? Thanks in advance

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April 8, 2005 at 11:57 PM · Hi,

Difficulty wise, this is the usual order - after Kreutzer comes the Rode, then Dont op. 35, then Paganini and Wieniawski in alternation (depends on which études or caprices). The best thing to get an idea is to take a look at the Étude books themselves. Difficulty compared to what? Hard to answer.


April 8, 2005 at 11:59 PM · Have you heard of Kreutzer etudes? You could play some of those near the back of the book, those are Rode level (or just get the Rode etude book ;) )

The Wieniawski violin concerto is a wonderful concerto, you might consider it. I would say it's on the level of the Mendelssohn violin concerto, the Lalo, the Bruch Scottish Fantasy, and maybe the violin concerto. See the "major works" section here at under "Violin Repertoire" - depending on your level some of those may be too hard (better to play something a little under your skill level, and play it perfectly, than something over your skill level with problems), but are about the level they are looking for.

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