What was your concerto sequence
Another post made me curious- what was your concerto sequence?
Vivaldi a minior
Dancla Airs Varies
Bach g minor Presto
Bach E major VC
Bach gm other movements
Then college and it's all a blur...
Ok, if you are curious--and in the hope we will get some more entries. "Concerto", I see, is not to be taken literally:
Vivaldi A minor
This is my 18-year, mostly self-taught sequence of solo repertoire.
My son is 13 - this is his list, though it might not be perfectly in order because some of these overlapped. He switched teachers about 7/8 of the way through the list, so it is a combination of pedagogical opinions.
I did the concertos in the Suzuki books through the Bach A minor in book 7. Then I did, if I recall correctly (excluding all the short works, Bach, etc.):
For me it was Mozart 3, then Schoenberg, then Rieding B Minor.
I don't remember my concerto sequence before Accolay. I know there was the Rieding b minor in there, maybe a Sietz? Maybe a couple of Sietzs?
I never exactly followed a typical concerto sequence. I can choose anything that I like that is within my playing level, so I am not obliged to follow a concerto sequence as long as I cover certain bases e.g learning at least one Mozart concerto movement. I skipped Accolay, De Beriot 9, and Bruch. I did learn the Haydn G Major and the Bach A Minor, however.
Here's what I remember from what was a VERY long time ago.
Vivaldi A Minor
Get on that coffee, Mary. Helps combat Alzheimer's. Omega 3 fatty acids probably aren't a bad idea, either.
Your lists all start at a level above mine! :-)
Han, there’s a fairly significant jump from Küchler to the Bach double! Vivaldi a minor is a reasonable next step but I often teach Vivaldi G major (NOT minor) between Küchler and a minor. It’s a fun piece, very learnable, much better music than Küchler, and a nice way to ease into the technique needed for the a minor. I don’t know why it isn’t taught more except that it did not make it into the Suzuki books.
I wish I remembered my list from when I was a kid.
"there’s a fairly significant jump from Küchler to the Bach double!"
I think I did a Haydn, a few Saitz and Bériot as well as the Accolay as a kid, though that’s only vague recollections.
I am a bit surprised to see that Mary Ellen went to a major conservatory with Bach E major partita and Bruch. She must have played those pieces very well.
David, it was a very, very long time ago. I was lucky to get in then and I would never encourage students to try it now. Actually I don’t think I would have gotten in the very next year, but I happened to audition right at the time that they were between major teachers, and applications that year were low.
My dad moved us around a lot, so I had eight different teachers between the ages of 5 and 18. Everything learned pre-high school is a bit of a blur to me. Here is what I can recall (listing more than just concertos).
(Suzuki straight through mid Book 5, just listing the last few)
Well, I think i e had quite an odd solo progression. Most of my technique has probably come from orchestral rep, which I’ve played quite a bit of.
Francis, regarding the Beethoven concerto: The opening octave sequence is scary way to begin a movement, but it's not really that difficult compared to the piece as a whole. The whole work is very tough to get precisely in tune (and anything less than precise will be obviously out of tune), and it has to be 100% clean. You can simplify things for yourself a ton by picking easy fingerings, but they won't be musical. The technical challenge is substantial; this is one of those cases where you can't really get away with sounding sloppy.
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