Intermediate violin-piano duet material?
I have a bit of a problem.
I can't claim real depth of knowledge about classical music, but am itching to have a go at it. Thing is, it's a whole other world from fitting improvised lines into 3- to 6-chord progressions amidst a variety of other instruments, and that's been my usual musical environment for basically ever.
The promising part: I have one friend who's a good pianist and an ace sight-reader with a healthy classical background. She likes the idea of kicking around some violin-piano duet material. My natural inclination is more toward internal parts--e.g. second violin or even viola, though alto clef tends to trip me up--but that ain't happening anytime soon because I'm literally the nearest approximation of a violinist accessible without getting on an airplane.
So, duo it is. I guess we'd say intermediate level, in that I'm fairly competent at reading treble clef, am comfortable in first through fifth position, and am willing to work towards competence in higher ones although 7th and above, right now, are guaranteed train wrecks.
Apart from the obvious and in-progress option of soliciting my friend's suggestions, I would appreciate tremendously any repertoire recommendations y'all would care to offer, or even mumbles and gestures in some general direction.
There are many music books that are collections of popular classical tunes that you can find online or in a violin shop. Here is one example but there are many:
There are three standards that offer student difficulty -- 1st and 3rd position mostly -- but first-rate music.
A second on the Dvorak Sonatina -- lovely little piece and not too hard for either person.
Works by these composers ("Concertinos") may be of interest:
Another vote for the Schubert sonatinas and the Dvorak sonatina.
Thanks so much to everyone for the great suggestions! Just a week from today I hope to visit Shar and will have a number of these set aside ready for pickup.
Good luck with your search - tell us what you choose!
I second Schubert and Dvorak, especially Dvorak which is one of his best works. Never mind that he composed it for his daughters.
Thank you, Albrecht, for the additional suggestions.
Have fun!! And don't forget to listen to some great violinists playing these tunes - always more than one so that you can get ideas about expression.
Great suggestion, Elise. With any luck, at least some good renditions of these will have made it onto YouTube by now--and if not there, then iTunes.
Have fun at Shar. It is a wonderful place. The showroom staff all have some kind of music degree - often from U of M and all are willing and able to give you great musical advice and suggestions.