Suggested Competition Pieces
Does anybody have advice on good pieces to ay for competitions? I am joining a local violin competition next year and the requirements are:20-25 mins worth of repertoire (at least 3 different musical periods and styles) + 1 full violin-piano sonata. I am already kind of decided on Brahms 3 for the sonata, Mozart 5 1st movt (9mins) and Saint-Saens Havanaise (9mins),which leaves me with 2-7mins. I'm quite torn between playing a Bach or a 20th century piece, so suggestions are much appreciated :)
How about the first movement ("Obsession") from the Ysaye 2nd sonata? About 3 minutes. 20th century riffing off the Bach E major Preludio. Harder than the rest of your program, though.
Lydia's suggestion is good- something more notey and less lyrical to contrast with your other selections. Obsession isn't too bad, with the admittedly big exception of that middle part, if you've got a good technical foundation. Something modern- for easier than Ysaye, Prokofiev Solo Sonata, one of the Hindemith sonatas (there's a movement in one of variations on a Mozart melody. Can't remember off the top of my head which one though.)
This thread didn't get much traction an it should. Here's hoping putting it back to the top of the stack will get some more responses!
Lydia and Julie, thanks so much for the suggestions! I took a look at Ysaye and it's a great piece but unfortunately it seems to demanding technique-wise :( Same for the Prokofiev I guess. Any thoughts on Debussy's violin sonata?
Prokofiev is quite a bit easier technically (it was written for students if I remember correctly). Even I performed the slow movement once. It is not his greatest piece IMO though the slow movement (variation on a very Russian theme) is good; the outer movements do overstay their welcome a bit. Have a look at the music before dismissing it.
Thanks for the advice Albrecht, I'll go check out the score.
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