Sarasate Carmen Fantasy vs Tchaikovsky Valse-Scherzo

November 8, 2019, 9:40 AM · Hi all,

I was wondering how the Sarasate Carmen Fantasy and Tchaikovsky Valse-Scherzo compare in terms of musical and technical difficulty?

(Not planning on learning these pieces -- I was just curious)

Thanks a lot!

Replies (4)

November 9, 2019, 5:57 PM · It may be a cop out to say that "it depends on your strengths and weaknesses as a violinist", (for example, I am atrociously bad at the one finger sliding chromatic scale), but canonically the valse scherzo is more difficult to get through despite being slightly less of a "showpiece".

Keep in mind that the Sarasate Carmen Fantasy is considered the "easier" version compared to the Waxman version [ducks for cover].

November 9, 2019, 8:05 PM · Well yeah, the Waxman is way harder.
Edited: November 9, 2019, 8:37 PM · At that level, if you play well the Sarasate, you are not that many steps removed from the Waxman. Both are attractive in their own way. I do not see the Sarasate as a "poor violinist's Carmen Fantasy." I would gladly listen to either version in a recital.

The Sarasate is much more widely available as well. I think it is more expensive to obtain an official violin and piano score of the Waxman, unless things recently changed. Photocopies do not count for "accessibility".

(I guess from my last comment, the Sarasate is indeed the "poor violinist's Carmen Fantasy", although more literally than in the usual, intended manner.)

November 12, 2019, 7:51 PM · The Sarasate one is really cheap. And after a quick Google search, there seems to be no sort of readily available bought edition of Waxman's Fantasie


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