Help with Next Piece
Hi everyone! I just finished playing Saint Saens Introduction and Rondo and I am very happy with how it turned out. I’m a rising 10th grader who wants to start building their repertoire for college supplements. What piece do you think I should play? I played Mozart 4, Bruch, Sarasate Intro and Tarantella recently. My teacher said he wanted to give me Ziguenerweisen but I haven’t played that many concertos and I think that is more important. Let me know! Thanks.
Well what is "important" is what builds your technique I would say. So something harder but not so hard its out of your reach
You need to be learning major concertos.
@Mary isn't Lalo 1st movement easier than Saint-Saens IRC technique-wise?
It is. The I&RC is quite difficult, especially the last page at full performance tempo.
Yes, Lalo 1st movement is easier than the I&RC. That being said, the OP has a very scant concerto repertoire and the I&RC is quite a bit more difficult than the other pieces he listed. Either the Lalo will not be a challenge to the OP and he will learn it very quickly, or it will be a challenge in which case he definitely will need to have worked on it (and I am curious about the actual performance level of the I&RC). Either way the Lalo is standard rep which the OP should have under his belt.
@Mary @Lydia, ah I see, thanks for clarifying!
Sonatas are not much fun unless you have a good pianist you can work with, preferably for free -- i.e. a peer collaborator.
@Lydia that's a good point
I would say you really need to build up your concerto rep and solo Bach. I personally would not do Zigeunerweisen as your main piece — it should be easy for you after Intro and Rondo and won’t gain you more skills. The concertos you should have under your belt around now would include Lalo, Mendelssohn, Saint Saens 3, and Wieniawski. My son played 3/4 last year (also after Intro and Rondo) and none were particularly hard or took that long, but are important to know.
Hi thank you so much! I am working on Partita no. 2 and have been working on different movements of it for a whole year now.
You’ve been working on various movements of Partita #2 for a year? This doesn’t make sense for someone who performed I&RC unless you’re including Chaconne, but even then a year is a very long time.
Sammy, do you have a video of your I&RC? If not, can you snap one with your phone and post a private YouTube link? Just the first couple of lines and the last page would be very helpful.
Canonically the next concertos in the sequence as going to be Mendelssohn, Saint-Saens 3, Wieniawski 2.