”Kreutzer” sonata (Beethoven)
I was wondering how difficult is 9th sonata (”Kreutzer”) by L. V Beethoven? Or compared to Paganini’s caprices or Bach’s violin solos?
I'd say they are each very difficult, but in different ways. Be aware that a few of Paganini's caprices are more "approachable" than the rest, as are some of Bach's solo works a little "easier" than others.
Thank you, Trevor!! :)
Musically speaking I found the 10th sonata more challenging than the Kreutzer. The Kreutzer has some very nasty passagework (meaning difficult.) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RfdC8TRt5cg
You haven't really lived as a violinist until you've played those opening chords in front of a live audience for the first time.
A couple of YouTube videos of the Kreutzer that are worth watching; they highlight the comments made by Ryan:
I dispute the characterization of the Kreutzer as the "greatest" of Beethoven's sonatas. There are plenty of candidates in the set from the early to the late ones. My favorite for example is no. 9 (composed for Rode who apparently never played it either, just like Kreutzer did with "his" sonata). Other super-famous ones are the c-minor op. 30/2 or the "spring". Indeed they are all worth studying.
Isn't the Kreutzer Sonata #9?
I found the Kreutzer difficult - even just nailing the initial chords just right. I gave it a shot in my youth and have been scared of it ever since.
"I dispute the characterization of the Kreutzer as the "greatest" of Beethoven's sonatas. There are plenty of candidates in the set from the early to the late ones"
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