Sequence of Sonatas
Hi guys, in what order should I learn violin-piano sonatas? Is it adviceable to start with Mozart?
One generally gets started on Händel, e.g. the F-Major sonata. Or, if you like something more intense, Vivaldi's opus 2.
Thanks a lot Albrecht!
It's interesting that the Handel Sonatas appear as some of the first multi-movement ones in the Suzuki books. They're actually not that easy. I might look first at the Mozart sonatas (underplayed gems), and the Dvorak Sonatina before tackling Handel.
Of the several violin sonatas I have tried to teach myself, I have had the most success and pleasure with the Sonata in G minor by William Croft.
I disagree with Scott about the difficulty of Mozart sonatas. The early ones are certainly easy but that is because the pianist plays 90% of the music. The later ones, that are much more rewarding are by no means all that easy. The famous one in A-Major is as hard as some of the Beethoven sonatas. As to Händel: They vary much in difficulty but there are definitely playable ones like the one in F I mentioned.
I've played a good number of these, and both the Handel and the Mozart are actually pretty tough. The Mozart is really exposed, and the Handel really requires a nice tone production. With that said, there is an F-major "Handel" sonata in most sets that is on the easier side of the 6 sonatas that are commonly lumped together in most editions (Only 2 of the 6 were written by Handel). As for the Mozart, I believe K 303 and K 304 are pretty playable, but a lot of them are tricky to play nicely.