”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: