Difficulty of these pieces? (Help choosing.)
I'm an amateur violinist. The biggest thing I've tackled so far is Vivaldi's A Minor. And I've improved a bit since then, mostly focusing on Wohlfahrt etudes and small pieces.
I'm looking to take on a classical piece this summer. Given that I don't know the relative difficulty of most repertoire pieces, I was thinking you all might be able to help me out.
Here are three possibilities I have in mind. Any insight as to their levels of difficulty (and maybe how they compare to the Vivaldi) would be great!
-Handel Sonata in A Major Op1 No3 HWV361
-Bohm Sarabande in G Minor
-Riedling Concerto in A Minor in Hungarian Style
I can't tell if the Handel is much of a step up from Vivaldi aside from the double stops and trills.
I just discovered the Bohm, so I don't know much about it (aside from the fact that it's beautiful).
And the Riedling I absolutely love as well, it's so fun! However, maybe it's the hardest of these three?
Advice on which one to go for would be great! Thanks!
Handel Sonatas! Yes! Do those. Just be aware that adding double stops to your plate makes for a much heavier meal. My teacher taught me how to practice scales in thirds in a way that is maybe a little less stressful than other ways. Let me know if that would interest you. Doing scales in thirds, even a little bit every day, will really raise your game. The way method books introduce double stops is to start with pieces that have a lot of "open string" double stops like the Seitz concertos. This teaches you how to hear what a third and a sixth should sound like before you go twisting your fingers into pretzel knots!
Frankly, at this level I would suggest the 2nd violin part of J.S. Bach's Double Concerto for 2 Violins. Then it's first violin part, that requires a bit of 2nd position.
That would not be the Handel Sonata I would start with - The second movement is pretty uncomfortable with the double-stopping. I would start with the F major, which should be the 3rd in the set.
Thanks very much for everyone's replies so far. I appreciate both the guidance and the insight. Really, this is all helpful for me and I'm excited about picking up a new piece (or pieces, J Ray), so it's fun for me to learn more about the possible options.
I agree with the Dvorak Sonatina in place of the Handel.
The Dvorak Sonatina is in Book 2 of Barbara Barber. (The book I don't like -- but you can decide for yourself.)
Thank you all again for the replies.
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