Anyone played this? (looking for advice)
If some of you remember from my deleted post, my teacher want's me to play the Mendelssohn concerto mvt 1 for the upcoming USOMC competition (February or March 2020). After I finished Rode concerto #7, I began working on Viotti #22 Mvt 1. I should be done with this in a few weeks, and after that, I'll be working on Spohr concerto #2, after which/concurrently I will begin work on Mendelssohn.
Until I did some research, I had never heard of Spohr, and I was wondering if anyone had any advice, if anyone here has played Spohr 2, or if anyone had any thoughts on this progression of pieces. Thanks!
On a side note, does anyone have any advice for how to improve my tone while playing passages in 3rds? I know about how to tune them and tune the undertones to open strings and such, and I'm good with vibrato, so I'm just wondering about bowing.
- Don't press twice as hard!
Mendelsssohn is quite a jump from your other pieces, in my opinion.
I agree with Mary Ellen. My current piece is Viotti No. 22 first movement and it's hard but within my grasp. I have worked on Spohr No. 2 in the past, and it's a nice piece but the first movement is, what, four pages, and the hardest part is like four measures of tenths. On the other hand Mendelssohn is entirely beyond my grasp, almost certainly forevermore. You do Mendelssohn after you have done Mozart 4 (or 5), Bruch No. 1, and probably Saint-Saens No. 3. I have not done any of those although I worked on Mozart 5 for a while (damn thing is HARD).
Aidan, I don't know whether this came up in your researches on Spohr, but Spohr, who was a famous violin teacher of his time, invented the chin rest in about 1820, thereby ensuring a lucrative after-market for one particular violin accessory for centuries to come ;)
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