Difficulty of de Sarasate's pieces
Just like the title, I really like Sarasate's pieces. They're short and impressive. But I don't know which one to start with.
Start with "Souvenir de Sarasate" which is not by Sarasate. It's by William Potstock. Seriously, all Sarasate is too hard for me and I wouldn't know where to begin. In a way I am fortunate that I don't like his music anyway.
What Sarasate piece first?
The difficulty level varies widely. Zapateado and the Introduction & Tarantella are common introductions, and Zigeunerweisen, around the Bruch concerto level. But these aren't the easiest of his works.
Malagueña, but without an ample technical command, the "easier" ones won't sound as convincing (to be fair, this applies to most "easier" works as well.) The difficulty is in injecting his Spanish works with his very flair. Romanza Andaluza is another "easy" one (for reference, the Franko cadenza is much "easier".)
Sarasate's music is amazing. What repertoire are you currently working on? What does your teacher think?
Thank you for your answers.
I LOVE Wieniawski's Variations-they are challenging (even if in a good way) though, so I would recommend something less daunting.
Isn't Jota Navarra for two violins?
Have a look at Sarasate's Ballade (op.31). It is one of his most beautiful pieces and I do not think that it is as finger-knotting as many of his others.
No. You're thinking of the Navarra, which is different from the Jota Navarra.
Malaguena and Romanza Andaluza were my first two Sarasate pieces. I teach Romanza Andaluza fairly often. It has a lot of double stops but they lie well.
The first Sarasate showpiece I learned was Caprice Basque. Lies well in the hand and checks a lot of the usual Sarasate boxes: left-hand pizz, left-hand pizz while bowing, double-stops, arpeggios and scales, etc. Perhaps worth a look if your teacher agrees.
Carlos, thanks for posting that video: I had never heard that particular piece before, and it's really lovely.
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