Hardest violin concerto/opening/piece
Hi guys! So I understand that the title may be asking a lot. But I’m just curious on what you guys think. So I was wondering what is the hardest violin concerto, hardest opening to a concerto, and the hardest piece in general for a violin.
Thank you guys so much. And any opinion is wanted!
Hardest opening: Beethoven.
Hardest opening: Wieniawski 1
One of my favorite articles on this exact subject by a brilliant violinist: https://www.natesviolin.com/violin-concerto-toughest-opening/
I agree with Julie. I saw a Facebook ad for this video masterclass thingy on my newsfeed. So I decided to click on it. The teacher said in the ad, by ‘knowing octave scales’, he didn’t need to practice the opening of the Beethoven, because it was ‘in his hands.’ He then proceeded to play the opening of the Beethoven, completely out of tune.
Clara - good article by Nate - thanks for that link. But he's omitted the Nielsen concerto - one chord intro then a big and difficult-sounding cadenza. I'd be interested to know where a top violinist would rank that.
I actually think it is really hard to start the Mendelssohn. You have almost no introduction and you have to play pristinely in tune in the key of e minor with all your ringing tones and shifts perfect.
Toughest openings: Dvorak and Mendelssohn...probably followed by Mozart 4.
Different for every player depending on your strengths, both physical and mental.
I like Nate's article. Obviously, there will be a few who pick nits based on their own strengths and weaknesses.
In my personal opinion, I think Wieniawski (excuse my spelling) 1st concerto is the hardest with those tenths and just how fiendishly difficult it is. But I also wouldn’t doubt Beethoven! Those octaves can be a pain to get in tune sometimes XD