Ideas about repertoire and suggestions

Edited: October 23, 2019, 2:51 PM · Hello,
I had a concert today (I was playing Schubert sonatinas)
And for my next concert , I wanna play one piece + the meditation from Thais
I'm studying Viotti 23 , but I dont wanna play it because it is too "show" and there isn't enough music for me.
I'm thinking about these in my next program(I'll too need to ask my teacher):

Mozart 3(I know the difficulties and have played the first two mov)(it will be played with a piano reduction)

Schumann :sonata for violin and piano n°1

Brahms 's first sonata

Vivaldi:Four seasons(Don't really wanna play it)

Have you got another suggestions(Bruch , Mendelssohn, etc... are too hard for me)
I too don't wanna play 'solo' Bach

(I too precise that we doesn't have a public that is so musical...They just come for relaxing and listening)
So I can't play a piece that is during more than 35-40 min(including all mov)

Waiting for your answers...

Replies (7)

October 23, 2019, 3:23 PM · You don't want to play Solo Bach, but luckily, Robert Schumann wrote a piano accompaniment for it, so that solves that problem. Now, that's only about 15 minutes, so I recommend filling out some more time either with some Ernst etudes, or the Wieniawski Faust Fantasy would be a good choice for your level. Then you need a good meaty sonata, so I think you would be best suited for either The Prokofiev f minor sonata, or possibly the Franck Sonata - It's really up to you, and they will both provide a good contrast. If you still need to fill up some time, you may want to look into the Schoenberg Phantasy.

Voila! A nice, not too difficult program that everyone will love.

October 23, 2019, 3:32 PM · Perhaps you should give the Viotti 23 a try. I performed it as a teenager (with piano) and I remember that the audience liked it a lot, although I confess I played it really sloppily back then. Being older now, I am much more self-critical, fortunately ;-) Anyway, what I want to say is: Giving a nice and polished presentation of the Viotti 23 is quite a challenge and, I believe, of exactly the right level for you currently, and actually really fun to play well, and an audience pleaser.
October 23, 2019, 3:47 PM · Around the same level is the DeBeriot Scene de Ballet, which is a wonderful opportunity to feel like a virtuoso while playing something not too terribly difficult.

You could also do a Kreisler work. Sicilenne & Rigaudon, or Praeludium & Allegro are popular.

October 23, 2019, 5:04 PM · I understand you don't want to play Vivaldi's seasons. But I would seriously consider baroque sonatas. A lot of people like the baroque style. Examples are: Handel D-Major (my favorite among the Handels), Vivaldi op. 2 (I recommend no. 2, 3 or 5 from the first volume) or Bach sonatas with obligato harpsichord (they actually come across better when played with piano than with harpsichord, they are great music, much neglected I am afraid, harder than the Handel and Vivaldi examples but I think you can do them. I'd recommend the one in A-Major for a first go at these sonatas).
October 23, 2019, 5:36 PM · Your list made me smile as it almost identical to the pieces I wanted to play (and for most have now).

There are some great ideas above (maybe some are yet too hard) but one idea I don't see is to play a Mozart sonata. the K304 is really fun -especially if you play both movements. And its interesting too because apparently Mozart wrote it after he heard of the death of his mother - which I guess is why its in a minor key (only two of the 20 or so 'mature' sonatas). K301 is also nice. This is a wonderful introduction to Mozart - far better than going straight to the concertos - where you can work on the classical mood and the particular Mozart sound.

Edited: October 29, 2019, 5:59 PM · Elise,
I didn't put Mozart sonatas because there is NOTHING technically interesting(even if it's hard musically)
I find Mozart sonatas beautifull but I have all the time in my life to play them.I prefer to play pieces that are interesting and that make me progress quickly
I also lose a bit of time on the Schubert Sonatinas (they were beautifull)
October 29, 2019, 7:49 PM · If you have all the time, why not now?

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