Too Soon for Saint-Saëns 3?
My teacher recently suggested Saint-Saëns 3 as a possible next piece I could learn. I’m a little worried that I’m not ready yet though. I’m finishing up Mozart 5, and I’ve done Mozart 3, Kabalevsky, and de Beriot Concerto 9 recently, along with some Kreisler pieces. I’ve also done about 3/4 of the Kreutzer etudes.
The main reason I’m worried is that I haven’t done Bruch, and from looking around on this website it seemed like almost everyone did Bruch before playing Saint-Saëns. I’d love to play it because I like the concerto, but I also don’t want to try it too soon. Is it a must to play Bruch before Saint-Saëns?
I play for fun and am not planning on studying music in college, if that makes any difference at all.
I believe in such discussions Teacher is King, or Queen. Who am I to second-guess him or her? If your teacher says you're ready, go for it. Have fun!
Your teacher knows you better than anyone, at least mine does.
There is no mandatory sequence of learning major works. If your teacher things Saint-Saens 3 should be your next piece, than you should go ahead. Don't try to second-guess your teacher. Your teacher has a much better concept of your long-term development as a violinist than you can possibly have, so go along with what he/she says.
If you are in the habit of doing full concertos (not just first movements) then SS3 might be easier than Bruch. I've heard the last movement of the Bruch is a real b*tch. Of course all of this is beyond me. I'll be lucky to play decent Mozart before I die.
Thanks everyone! Now that I think about it, my teacher has never given me anything that was too difficult. Even though it seems like it will be a challenge, it probably is best just to trust my teacher
Sounds like a reasonable choice. Bruch is a common choice but it's not the only reasonable entry into the big Romantic concerto repertoire. SS3 is somewhat more difficult than the first movement of the Bruch; I would consider it easier than the third movement of the Bruch.