Repertoire reflecting envy
Dear fellow violinists,
My class has decided to do a recital with the seven deadly sins as the theme. I drew "envy" and thought at first this to be one of the easier themes but I've actually not been able to find repertoire to express this emotion. Since there are so many people with tens of years of more acquaintance with violin repertoire here I thought I'd try my luck and ask you.
Off the top of your head, do you have any suggestions?
PS: jealousy is not the same as envy. ;)
Mozart 4, 3rd movement?
What a strange, contrived theme for a recital. I feel sorry for whoever drew “sloth.”
You don't mention your playing level, so this question is not really answerable at this time. My suggestion though is that you don't have to be so literal. For example, pick a piece dedicated to a violinist whose skill you envy.
Worthless subjectivity. Concert programs based on themes are an annoying fashion. --- perhaps "Rage over a lost Penny"?
Just pick something you can play well. Then you'll be the envy of the lot.
Following the same kind of logic as Mary Ellen, I'd suggest Kriesler's arrangement of "Danse Espagnole" from La Vida Breve by Manuel de Falla. If you read up on the plot, this music is what's happening when the heroine is dancing her way into her boyfriend's wedding to someone else... pretty envious if you ask me, though it could also serve for lust.
Agree with Mary Ellen; this theme is a hard one. But I love themed recitals/concerts! It really makes you think about what you're looking for, as opposed to playing what you can or need to. There is value in the search for music. It expands your personal knowledge of repertoire.
Thank you for your replies!
I was watching a masterclass online with Maxim Venegrov and he drew out an amazing description of events! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wpp7oxrBUq0 . He doesn't really imply envy, however music is free to interpretation! That's the beauty of music! Although I have to agree with above that all pieces are open to your own interpretation and so I would encourage you to think, what does envy sound like to me? Glissandos? Is it atonal? Dramatic changes in dynamics? Which somewhat makes me think of
Fiddler on the Roof too obvious?
Just pull out that Strad and everyone will feel envious , no matter what you play!
What about a standard piece like Beethoven's Kreutzer Sonata?
Thanks for helping me figure this out, guys!
Long ago I had an LP of a Kurt Weill piece called the Seven Deadly Sins, which might even have had a movement dedicated to each. I don't have my LPs anymore and never got that one on CD, so I don't recall the music much, just that the composer himself can be clearly detected in the music.
@Joel Quivey, how about "Rage Against the Machine Tuners"?
What does envy sound like? Minor key, stridency building to a crescendo, then ending with self-reflective ennui. No, wait, maybe that's jealousy.
Not envy, but jealousy : Celos/Jealousy. A French tango by Jacob Gade, 192_, available in a variety of arrangements.
Ysaye Sonata #2, I. Obsession
You could always play some Ernst.
My violin teacher would sometimes ask me to play a piece I'd just learnt in an entirely different way - perhaps as "angry", "amusing", "funereal", "martial", which are some that come to mind. That means thinking beyond the notes.