Arrangements in concert
I was wondering. Is it frowned upon to play arrangements of works in concert?(meaning as a viola player). I know that the cello suites are performed transcribed, as with Schubert's Arpeggione sonata. But I haven't seen any other works in a viola recital. Is this something that is deemed "taboo"?
Snobs frown on it. Normal people don't care. If your "arrangement" causes the orchestra to play something in a key that's a fifth lower, however, that can have the effect of turning some of the harmonies into mud unless it's done rather deftly. So if your goal is to play Mozart 3 on the viola with an orchestra, that might not work as well as solo Bach cello suites.
I was meaning more sonatas and things aha
Those old rich farts are the reason people think classical music is for uptight old world pricks. Play what you want, as long as it sounds good.
I have googled a few random viola recital programs which presented both original works and arrangements. I`d say go for it, it is done all the time with al lot of instruments. Heifetz arranged Gershwin for the violin and Handel-Halvorssen for two violins. Violinists play Saint-Saens "The Swan" and Chopin`s "Nocturne" on violin, Bruch`s "Kol Nidre" or Pärt`s "Spiegel im Spiegel" is played by all sorts of instrumentalists, as is Paganini.
Right okay. Thanks ^_^
Incidentally, Brahm's two clarinet sonatas are very popular among violists. No reason why you can't play arrangements. All instrumentalists do.
I consider the Brahms clarinet sonatas to be a little different from other arrangements because they were arranged by Brahms himself.