Which pieces are technically easier?

August 19, 2018, 3:33 PM · Hi everyone,
I am planning to take my L.Mus.A for violin (a Licentiate of Music in Australia) and I am currently deciding repertoire. As I am quite busy with school work, I really need technically less demanding pieces for this exam so I can learn the notes quickly, and have more time interpreting the pieces.

To put things in context, I would probably take the exam July next year, if not possibly October. I am planning to take the exam twice because there is a high failure rate.

During these summer holidays (December/January) I am planning to have violin lessons twice a week, and practice around 4 hours per day.

I need to choose 4 pieces out of 4 different Lists. (List A, B, C, D) I can only select 1 piece per list.
I will write out a couple of pieces I am interested playing.

Thank you so much in advance!


List A
- Bach G minor Sonata 1001- Adagio and Fuga
- Bach E Major Partita 1006- 1st, 2nd, 3rd movements
- Bach A minor Sonata 1003- 3rd and 4th movements
- Kreisler Recitativo and Scherzo Caprice

List B
- Mendelssohn E minor concerto 3rd movement (I've pretty much set on this piece as I'm quite experienced with it).

List C
- Saint Saens Introduction Rondo Capriccioso
- Bloch Vidui No 1 and Simchat torah No 3 (Please note that no 2 can be chosen as a separate piece)
- Bloch Nigun No2 from Baal Shem
- Sarasate Introduction and Tarantella

List D
- Barber Concerto 1st movement
- Khatachurian Concerto 1st movement
- Prokofiev No 2 1st movement

Replies (4)

August 19, 2018, 3:42 PM · List A, I'd say it's probably up to your individual strengths and weaknesses.

List C, the Sarasate. It's not necessarily the easiest thing on that list, but it also doesn't have anything that can't be readily drilled, and it's short.

List D, the Barber by a very wide margin.

Edited: August 19, 2018, 3:58 PM · A: Whatever Bach feels better for you-I should "suggest" the E Partita I, II, III for "ease", but the Adagio/Fuga G minor are perhaps "easier" to learn.

B: Already chosen (Mendelssohn III)

C: Sarasate (Nigun if the previous I&T is not as comfortable for you.)

D: Barber

Best wishes.

August 19, 2018, 4:03 PM · A. I think the 3rd and 4th movements of the Bach a minor are learnable; the E major I, II, III are also learnable but don't underestimate the Loure.

B. already chosen

C. Sarasate

D. Barber 1st movement, hands down the easiest thing on the list.

August 19, 2018, 6:47 PM · Amazing the differences in what people find more difficult.

For me the Nigun is easier than the Sarasate by a large margin.

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