Best Pieces for Auditions
Hi. I am a high school student currently working on Perpetuum Mobile by Novacek. While it is not the most difficult piece, I am performing it in my winter recital. Before Novacek, I played Mozart 4 and Bruch. I have a spring recital and an audition in June. I want to bring my teacher some piece ideas. So far I had Wieniawski 2 (1st mov), Saint-Saens 3 (1st mov or 3rd). I am not sure what else I should suggest. Any suggestions? I want to get into the most advanced ensemble at my orchestra. I am currently first violin in the second highest.
I'd let your teacher pick. They presumably know what your strengths and weaknesses are, and how to help you do well at auditions without compromising the pedagogical path they've got you on. You do need to make sure that your teacher is aware of any time constraints on the audition and recital repertoire.
I assume by Bruch, you mean the Scottish Fantasy? Have you played the Mendelssohn or the Tchaikovsky? You don't mention your grade and whether you're thinking of the violin seriously enough to try for a conservatory. If so, the M. and the T. will be standard fare, good to have under your belt. As an aside, I know a retired professor from Oberlin who said he classifies incoming students based on whether or not they've studied the Tchaikovsky. If the student had already studied it, then it's an extra year he has time to spend with the student on preparing other pieces.
I would assume the OP means the Bruch G minor. Scottish Fantasy is much harder than the repertoire listed and so is the Tchaikovsky. Lydia gives good advice.
Either of the listed pieces would probably be fine. If your auditions are anything like my kids' are, they only hear about 2 minutes of the first piece, and 1 minute of the second (if they even hear a second). So make sure you pick pieces that have enough content upfront to demonstrate your abilities.
June's a long way off, and it sounds like this is just a local student orchestra audition for placement. That means that it should have minimal influence on the pedagogical path. The teacher just needs to keep timing in mind so that they're reasonably certain that whatever the OP is studying will be audition-ready and fit the audition requirements. That probably won't really be an influence on the pieces chosen.
I would ask players in the orchestra you're trying to get into what they played for their auditions to get a better idea of the expectations at that level. More important than the actual selection is that you can play the piece in tune and in time. A solid Bruch is better than a shaky Saint Saens.
I am in 9th Grade and I am also applying for camps. Just to clarify I meant the Bruch Violin Concerto.
It matters not what you audition with, but how well you execute it.
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