Ideas for piano/violin duo?
Due to a lack of cellists, I've been placed in a violin/piano duo for my college's chamber music program, and am currently searching for repertoire ideas.
Would really appreciate if anyone has any suggestions.
Preferably Classical onwards, and needs to be 'serious' repertoire (conservatory/professional level).
Thank you :)
there are a lot of those. any of the beethoven and brahms violin sonatas would work.
There is an unbelievable amount of violin/piano sonata repertoire. As has already been mentioned, Beethoven, Brahms sonatas; Franck sonata. Add to these any Mozart sonata; Faure sonata in A major op. 11 (there is another one but it is much less accessible); Prokofiev sonata no. 2 in D major (also the more accessible choice); Stravinsky Suite Italienne; Hindemith sonata op. 11 no. 1 (very accessible); etc., etc.
Ditto - Piano-Violin Sonatas are chamber music. The piano part is more often than not busier and technically more difficult than the violin part, so take good care of your pianist, let them help choose repertoire even when they don't know the list as well as you. I have always thought that a pianist and violinist could share a college recital by doing sonatas.
Just remember that for pieces like Franck, Beethoven #7 or #9, or any Brahms sonata you'll need a HECK of a pianist to make the experience rewarding.
Edited - complete nonsense.
Respectfully, if this is for a college chamber music class, then the piece chosen needs to be actual chamber music. This rules out transcriptions and solos with piano accompaniment. It is true that some sonatas have extremely difficult piano parts and the pianist should be consulted in the selection.
OK, didn't get that completely. Sometimes reading too fast...
Spring Sonata is kiddie stuff.
Not kiddie stuff, but played too often. Scott, I didn't know the Janacek, but the beginning is already great!
This is a subject to be discussed with the pianist ahead of time, especially if the pianist is also a student. Then you need to see how you work together. So start out with some of the usual warhorses and build from there and plan a schedule for the semester.
IMSLP lists nearly 4000 works for violin and piano that are no longer in copyright.
The Grieg Violin/Piano Sonatas are pretty awesome too!
It might be worth bearing in mind that the focus of the partnership is chamber music, so don't choose anything that will extend you so far technically that you don't have much head space for the ensemble aspect or interpretative decisions that you will need to make. Working closely with a duo sonata partner is really rewarding.
Given that there's a significant chance that the pianist will have to do way more work than you will, I'd probably allow the pianist to choose what you work on. How good is your pianist?
Finding a pianist who will work with you over the course of a semester (or whatever) on the Franck Sonata is very difficult. What you have here is a rare opportunity. A lot of chamber programs look down on sonata pairings, prefering groupings of three or more.
If you think the Spring sonata has been played too often, try one of the less famous Beethoven sonatas. I love op. 30/3 in G, full of fun and humor. And I think reasonably playable for the pianist. Most of the later 19th century music will put a lot of difficulty on the pianist (the Franck especially, at least mvmt. 2); there is a general problem with chamber music for piano and others: It is mostly quite playable for the strings (or winds), but very hard for the pianist.
Why is the Franck such a staple for these purposes?
Herman, yes, and also Debussy. But I think the Franck is musically more accessible (i.e., not as deep) and if you're relatively inexperienced in chamber music it's good fodder for gaining some experience teasing out the nuances of the duo.