Bruch’s Scottish Fantasy as major/standard concerto rep?
When applying to music conservatories/colleges, all ask for a movement from (usually romantic) the standard rep. Is the Scottish Fantasy a good considered a major romantic violin concerto, and a good choice when applying to these schools? If so, which movement would be better? (Some schools ask for the 1st mvt, would that be suitable?)
I wouldn't consider Bruch's Scottish Fantasy a "major romantic violin concerto" but I don't see why it wouldn't work as an audition selection, provided you play it well. The panel will certainly know it, and there are enough technical and lyrical challenges in it to show you off as a player. The faculty will generally not care too much what pieces you choose (unless they are inappropriately easy). Repertoire choice should really be about what conveys your musical/technical skills best to the panel. In a normal performance, you are the vehicle for the composer's intention but in an audition, the repertoire is the vehicle for your playing skills. I hope this helps.
You can't use just the first movement from Scottish Fantasy. If you're going to use this piece for auditions, you need to prepare the first and second movements as a set, and you need to clear it in advance with the school.
hmm. I think it would be fine, but I have never seen it listed in an example for a standard concerto in an application for college, but if you really like it I would just play it. For a more we’ll known piece, maybe Bruch concerto 1?
The students auditioning for the top-tier music schools are playing Tchaikovsky and Sibelius. Bruch 1 might get you into a third-tier school.
Scottish Fantasy is on the list for Colburn, so some schools are OK with it. But they have a really wide list.
Doesn’t Colburn require complete
Among other things, the concerto requirements for Colburn Conservatory are currently as follows:
Don't get suckered into choosing a certain piece just to be different.
One wonders just how the Karlowicz ended up on that list. It's not a composer I've ever seen before and it's not standard repertoire in any way.
I didn't know Karlowicz either. I just read his Wikipedia page. He died at the age of 32, so he should be almost as good as Schubert. The presence of his concerto on this list means that the people who wrote the list have been in academia too long. :)
Paul this colburn the people are just knowledgeable and not academics as this is not a research university.
Mary Ellen - with all respect, auditioning with any concerto that is pristine, elegant, and intuitive could garner an audience or acceptance into nearly any school. Folks have made it into the Cleveland Orchestra with the Bruch g minor...and my teachers at CIM dreaded "yet another shabby Tchaikovsky or Sibelius". When I sit on the jury for concerto contests, the best prepared/most pristine performance will get my vote, regardless of the work (assuming it's in the performance repertory...we're not talking Vivaldi a minor). Mozart 3 has won before. Bruch g has won before. Wieniawski F sharp, yes...but long gone are the days when the concerto choice might give away the level of the student.
Karlowicz is a great concerto firmly in the romantic tradition. Even a layman should be able to get a good grasp on a player's technique from the opening alone (Like first 30 seconds), so a jury's ignorance shouldn't be much of a factor.
Andrew, yes, of course, but a well played Sibelius is going to beat a well played Bruch.
Mark I'm just kidding around. I have no idea what sort of people populate a conservatoire faculty, truthfully.
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