Which pieces should I play after RCM level 9?
Hi everyone. I’m a high school student starting tenth grade this September and I have just completed my level 9 RCM violin exam this summer. I am wondering which pieces I should start next. I would love to play the Bruch concerto. Any suggestions are welcome. For reference I have played the following pieces in the past two years.
Haydn No. 1 in C Major
Accolay in A Minor
Bach in A Minor
Haydn in G Major
Dvorak in G Major
Handel No. 1 & 5 in A Major
Hubay Hejre Kati
Schubert Die Biene
Presto Sonata No. 1 in G Minor
Gavotte en rondeau & Gigue Partita No. 3 in E Major
Thank you all for your time.
Ask your teacher.
More intermediate-level concertos, potentially -- Kabalevsky, DeBeriot, Viotti, etc. And Kreisler works, some of the easier Sarasate, and the like.
I agree with Lydia. I'd probably give you DeBeriot #9 next; Kabalevsky is another good choice. You could probably play Romanza Andaluza (Sarasate), and it's a lot of fun.
As far as I know, DeBeriot No. 9 is RCM level 9. I'm familiar with the RCM system, by the way. I suggest taking a look at anything listed for level 10 and ask your teacher if there is anything worth looking into that is not in the syllabus. Keep in mind that you do not have to follow the standard concerto sequence (I didn't, and many others didn't either). Bruch is listed as level 10, so it shouldn't be too far out of reach for you.
Read as much music as you can.
I’m glad to hear that the Bruch concerto is a realistic option. I have actually been working on the first two pages of the first movement but I’m not sure if I’m playing it correctly. I would get my teacher’s opinion but I’m afraid he’ll say I’m not quite ready yet. Do you think it would be possible for me to have it ready to perform for April 2019?
How about some Mozart? Maybe Mozart Concerto No.3 or Concerto No.4. Also, you can consider Dvorak's 4 Romantic Pieces.
I agree: Mozart is a gap in your repertoire that you might close now. In addition to the two concertos there are also violin sonatas for example the one in A-Major (don't know the K. number but it is one of his last sonatas). Especially if you have a pianist you can partner with.
Joyce, I strongly suggest that you come clean to your teacher about working on the Bruch and give serious consideration to his response. If he says you're not ready, then perhaps you aren't. Conversely if he says you are ready, wouldn't it be better to study it with your teacher than risk learning it with avoidable errors?
I didn't see any indication that Joyce intends to study something behind her teacher's back...
I will tell my teacher when he asks which pieces I have chosen. He’s away for a few weeks and I might be switching teachers so I just need to practice something fun and useful for competitions and exams.
Not really a valid opinion but my paths to completing 9 was sort of unorthodox, since I'm a returning player.
I think that students differ in their repertoire readiness depending on the teacher's philosophy of teaching repertoire and specifically the pacing of repertoire versus technical skill.