Next piece after Bach E major VC
I’d like to give my teacher some suggestions about pieces to play next. I just finished Bach E major VC for the second time ( polishing and cleaning things up). She always asks if I have any ideas of what I might want to play and if it’s out of my reach or I can’t think of anything she makes some suggestions. What are some good pieces to play next?
Have you done Bruch Concerto (in g minor)? I think at this point it would be a good challenge. Or maybe something like Mozart Concerto No. 3 in G Major would be good for you.
Ive asked her about Bruch g minor and we both agree its out of my reach right now. I think I asked her about Mozart 3 a few months ago and I believe she said it's out of my reach right now as well.
Perhaps the Haydn G major concerto?
I completely forgot about Haydn. And, to be honest, I've never heard Kabalevsky so I'll need to give it a listen!
The problem here is the abundance of choices. At least as soon as you look beyond the concerto repertoire. You could try a Beethoven sonata (except the two last ones). Or any of Bach's violin/"obbligato clavier" sonatas. Or a whole selection of Haydn or Mozart string quartet parts.
Haydn G Major is very good. If you have played Bach E Major, however, then I agree with Albrecht that the Haydn G Major is kind of a step down. But, it's a great piece and if it only takes you a few weeks to do it, then it's in your repertoire, and you will learn from doing it. I agree further with Albrecht that the Haydn C Major is worth considering, however in my own experience it is comparable in difficulty to Mozart G Major (comparing first movements). Also please consider the Beethoven Romances, as they are very good preparation for Mozart. My daughter found Kabalevsky just as hard as Mozart. She did a recording of the 2nd and 3rd movements of the Kabalevsky to include with her college application (engineering schools).
Well, you could take this kind of approach: Say there is a certain piece you would really like to play, but it is out of your reach right now. Could be Mozart G-major. Then your teacher could plan what you would need to practice in order to get to the point where it is within reach. So the teacher could suggest etudes, drills and shorter pieces of music, whatever would be relevant.
I wouldn't recommend Kabalevsky if Mozart G is out of your reach. Depends on your strengths though.
I do love all things Beethoven. Would Presto from Summer be within reach?
OK, so since you've just done a lot of polishing of Bach E Major, I'm thinking your string crossings are probably awesome by now. You probably have a really solid hand-frame, and your fingers are primed for playing double stops.
If you don't already have pieces you really want to work on next, I think you should be able to depend on your teacher to make suggestions she feels are the appropriate next steps for you.
I tried the beginning of the Mendelssohn just out of curiosity. It's not to bad....until the octaves and then it goes to hell in a hand basket very quickly X). And my intonation on the high notes on the E string was iffy at best. I also tried a little bit of the cadenza and it sounded terribly out of tune, I'm not at all used to keeping all those fingers down and switching them that quickly. And, of course, Beethoven Concerto is my favorite piece, but I really can't imagine myself playing it right now. I think my teacher would laugh at me if I asked about it.
Mendelssohn after Bach E major?!
I agree with Paul that it would be preferable to work on a pedagogical succession of works, so you are acquiring skills in an orderly way.
Mendelssohn after Bach E Major would be quite a jump, but Beethoven concerto would be even more outrageous.
There are studio rep list on the internet that you can view for comparison. Thats just a zero order starting point but seems better than what you have now.
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