Need Help Choosing Next Piece!
Hey All! I am wrapping up Introduction & Rondo Cappricioso and now I need a concerto to work on. I have played Bruch and Mozart 4 and since I am a sophomore in high school, I need to start building my rep. Here is a clip of the end of my IR&C:
Let me know what pieces you think would be good! Thanks!
Hmm. Thanks for posting the video; it was informative. Seems like the I&RC is a bit of a struggle; that's below performance tempo and it's still kind of scrambling, with the left and right hands not entirely properly coordinated, and the upper position work not secure.
Agreed, Lalo. Wieniawski 2 might work also. You need to slow down, clean up your intonation, and get your hands working better together.
I believe it is the Rondo (Mvt. 4) from the D Major ("Haffner") Serenade K250. I tried working it up last year. Lots of good YouTube videos. I could get it to a certain point, but it's just not going to be clean. It's one hell of a lot harder than it looks. That whole "hands working together" thing is definitely well-tested with that piece. All I'll say is "good luck." It's kind of an ironic experience -- you find yourself wishing more of the piece could be as easy as the cadenzas.
Lalo or Wieniawski 2 are both good choices, though probably only selected movements. Maybe also 3rd movement of Mendelssohn (and then come back to first mvmt eventually)?
The Rondo Cappuccino is a hard piece.
When I suggested Wieniawski 2, I was specifically thinking about the third movement. I made my suggestions with the thought of heavy-spiccato pieces. Wieniawski Scherzo-Tarantelle might be useful for that too, along with more shifting security.
Thank you everyone! My teacher is leaning towards wieniawski 2 (first mov). I really like the dvorak concerto so I was going to ask him to consider that, I do not know where that stands.
Dvorak is very difficult and is much harder then Wieniawski 2. The opening is a motif in thirds up to a very high e I believe and then it’s a variation up to that just to about the highest pitch the violin produces. Needless to say that work is wildly difficult.
You aren't ready for Dvorak. Honestly I would not have given a student at your level the Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso, though you clearly worked hard to learn it and I am sure made some good progress.
Dvorak is harder than the baseline tier of the Romantic concertos (Bruch Mendelssohn etc.), and much more difficult than you can handle, I think, especially if your teacher has the habit of assigning the whole work. (The third movement is significantly more difficult than the first movement.)
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