Too Soon for Saint-Saëns 3?

March 10, 2020, 11:26 PM · 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.

Thanks!

Replies (6)

March 10, 2020, 11:35 PM · 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!
March 11, 2020, 3:36 AM · Your teacher knows you better than anyone, at least mine does.
March 11, 2020, 4:23 AM · 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.
Edited: March 11, 2020, 7:09 AM · 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.
March 11, 2020, 7:50 AM · 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
March 11, 2020, 9:12 AM · 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.


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