Best Audition Pieces
Hi there. I have a very important orchestral audition for my youth orchestra in early June and I need to start preparing a piece. I finished Bruch mov 1 and Mozart no 4 mov 1. What do you suggest and what are some of your favorite audition pieces?
Paganini caprice no. 16.
Are you sure 16 is better than 24? They're both the most difficult in the world...
Ahhh why are you asking random people on the interwebs instead of discussing this with your teacher?
Which do you play better? You should play the piece that shows your playing off to best advantage.
Also I would like to respectfully request that when a young person asks a sincere question, people refrain from "humorous" responses that reference other, less fortunate threads. It adds nothing to the discussion.
I bet you’re a riot at parties.
If you play both equally well, I would do the Bruch. It shows more sides of your playing.
I preferably want to start a new piece, so any suggestions? I want to present the ideas to my teacher.
Yes I noticed that some others suggested you choose either your Bruch or your Mozart. There's a lot of sense in that, because you've got those already and you can polish them very finely for your audition while you're starting another.
Ah, I missed that the OP was asking for suggestions for new pieces to study. That is really a question for his teacher, but if he were my student I would have him learn the 2nd and 3rd movements of Bruch with the thought of playing the 3rd movement for the audition. (He should also learn the Mozart 2nd and 3rd movements but they're not good audition pieces.)
The first movement of a Mozart concerto is a frequent requirement at professional orchestra auditions, so it is certainly appropriate for a youth orchestra. Next; try Lalo, movement #2.
You can get away with Mozart if it is spotlessly clean
Mozart and Mendelssohn are very difficult audition pieces. Nerves don't do them any favors at all. In addition to Mary Ellen's suggestion of Bruch 3rd movement, Saint-Saens could work because it starts off so assertively. Wieniawski #2 maybe?
My niece is working on Saint-Saens No. 3. That's a *LOT* harder than the first movement of Bruch.