I've been working on the Zigeunerweisen for quite some while now.I have some issues with getting all the notes sound definite and clear in the Allegro Molto Vivace.I've tried slow practise but it hasn't helped much.I'd be grateful if someone could share some ideas for practising this section.
What does your teacher suggest? Try practicing in rhythms or practicing in groups of notes e.g play a group of 4, take a rest, then play another group, etc. Maybe it's a coordination thing...
I have a student who is currently tackling this piece. The last movement is in some places incredible hard. But in general without hearing your playing I would say patient practice can get you there. Definitely try different tempi. If fast doesn't work and slow doesn't help, try something in between and speed it up. Practice very small sections in different tempi and apply the techniques Ella Yu suggested above. In the end, if everything still feels weird and you can make sure it is not a lack of effort or thought you put in, try different bows!
Thank you! Also what's the ideal tempo for the last section as I've heard some performances at breakneck speed which do not give the music a chance to breathe.Is 125 crochet bpm good enough?
The whole point of everything Sarasate wrote for the violin, especially anything with intended "Gypsy" character, is to take every musical element well beyond the limits of good taste. Thus, the rubatos in the first section must be extreme. All pizzicato chords must be accompanied by dramatic arm movements. And in the last section, fast is not nearly fast enough.
If you want a first-hand opinion from the composer, he left us a recording.
1) if this is your first experience with the piece keep your expectations in check. I would call ZW a 1 1/2 hour a day piece minimum. Probably 2. If you pursue a violin career you'll play ZW many times, and it gets easier every time you revisit it.
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