Suitable Piece for Comp Program?
Hi, I’m Cal. I have to prepare a 20 minute program for an upcoming competition, and my teachers and I were deciding what I should play. Currently, I’m planning to play Bach g minor adagio, Saint-Saens 3 1st movement, and Brahms Sonatensatz. I have a few minutes left on my program, and my teachers wanted me to add a short, contrasting piece to the program that would be quick to learn. Some suggestions were Kreisler Danse Espagnole, La Gitana, and Kreisler/Albeniz Tango. I’m leaning toward the last two. My teacher also wanted me to see if there were any other pieces that I liked and thought could fit. Any suggestions and thoughts?
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I would think less in terms of time and more in terms of balance. You've got Baroque and lots of Romantic, so the obvious choices are some Mozart (all likely too long), 20th/21st century, or for lack of a better word, "ethnic." The suggestions of the Kreisler more "ethnic" pieces would work well, but there are a lot of other potential options.
I think you have a good list. Anything from the Kreisler collection would be --refreshing. All of them fit on one side of a 78 record. As a judge, I am weary of hearing mediocre (in the original French meaning) performances of Mendelssohn/Bruch concertos.
Susan makes a good point. Why not Bartok Rumanian Dances, if it isn't too long? (about 11 - 12 mins)
How about Rodion Shchedrin In the Style of Albeniz
I agree with the idea of adding a different period in and doing something showy
I vote for Kreisler/Albeniz Tango. Play a piece featuring a major key, or not a minor key like your other three pieces.
I don't think he's got 11-12 minutes to fill on his program, but some of the Bartok could be fine. I agree with Frieda about not having all minor keys. It would be so cool if you could play your own "loaded" version of something like "Amazing Grace." (Think "Last Rose of Summer" here except don't make it freaking impossible, right?) You want something ... SOMETHING that conveys to the judges that you are hopelessly in love with playing the violin and entirely inseparable from it.
Perhaps something slow and lyrical, like Ponce Estrellita!
Reread the OP and he doesn't have time for either the Bartok or Tzigane.