Korngold vs Bruch
So after finishing Lalo symphony, my teacher recommended that I learn either the Bruch or the Mendelssohn violin concerto. I was wondering if it’d be appropriate to propose the Korngold violin concerto instead. I think it’s rather unappreciated within the realm of violin concertos and I enjoyed listening to Perlmans interpretation of the piece.
you should wait on korngold. there's a video on youtube where you can see the sheet music and it's pretty clearly above the bruch and mendelssohn level (I would put it above sibelius, too).
Korngold is a lot harder. There are a lot of long distance shifts, and minor 9ths. The Heifetz recording is amazing.
Mendelssohn is harder than Bruch, and Korngold is a lot harder than either.
It's a very lovely piece but I suggest leaving it until after you've done Bruch and Mendelssohn. I've never played the solo part but it looks more challenging technically than the Bruch. Plus the melodic writing, the interplay with the orchestra and the overall interpretation is more subtle - much of it is quite sonata-esque.
Korngold is too hard for you at the moment. Listen to your teacher.
The YouTube link that Ana and Joel referred to for the Heifetz performance with the piano reduction on screen as he plays is,
Did you do 5th movement of Lalo or just the easier movements? If you can play 5th mvmt of Lalo well, the stretch is not as far away to Korngold. But you should definitely play both Bruch and Mendelssohn first. Bruch 1st mvmt and Mendelssohn 3rd mvmt are relatively easy; Bruch 3rd and Mendelssohn 1st are harder.
I have played the first and fourth movements of the Lalo. It seems the general consensus is to move onto the Bruch, so that is what I will be doing. Thank you all for your responses .
Isn't Bruch normally done before Lalo though?
Sheet music for violin + piano is readily available (you'll have to buy it, it's still under copyright). It's significantly more difficult than Bruch et.al.
Love love love the Korngold! But it is superhard... A slightly easier concerto, also written for Heifetz, and showcasing the art of shifting is the Walton. I've done both!
Elmar Oliveira said to me that the Korngold Concerto requires the violinist to "have a technique like Paganini and to be able to sing on the violin like Caruso. With Heifetz, Korngold got both."
If your teacher has given you this choice, choose Bruch. If it turns out to be easy for you and you knock it off in a few weeks, well then you've got another repertoire piece that will inevitably be useful when you are touring Europe.
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