Grades repertoire on chamber music (as a violinist)
I'd like to know how chamber music repertoire is ranked in term of difficulty (technical+musical difficulty).Can you try to include in this list this pieces please:
Beethoven ' s ghost
Beethoven' s Archduke
Beethoven' s Kreutzer
Beethoven' s spring
Schubert' s trio n°2(op 100)
Schubert' s trio n°1(op 99)
Schubert' s sonatinas (in my point of view, they have the same level of difficulty)
Ravel' s trios
Brahms' s trios
Brahms 's sonatas
Also I'd like also to know if Beethoven's triple concerto is at Schubert's second trio level of difficulty
Practicing and waiting for your answers
For me the Beethoven Kreutzer is most difficult on the list, the triple a close second. Schubert sonatinas least difficult.
You are welcome. Difficulty of piano parts would rank differently. Brahms, especially, can be very challenging for pianists who can credibly sight-read some of the other works.
Aren’t kreutzer and spring sonatas? If so, never knew that it counted as chamber.
All violin/piano sonatas are chamber music.
@Lydia, by extension then what about solo Bach? Does that count as chamber music?
Try this (doesn't really include sonatas)
Strictly speaking, no. Chamber music implies more than one player.
According to the Oxford Companion to Music, "before public concert-giving began, set musical performances fell into three classes, those of the church, those of the theatre and those of the halls of the royalty and aristocracy. Those of the last class...were 'chamber music'". I assume Bach was more or less exclusively church. (I read Wolff, but can't remember the detail)
Music for a single solo instrument is by convention bundled with chamber music for concert program purposes. You'll see such music included on chamber-music series, and it's frequently presented in venues designed for chamber music.
I've played in the orchestra in a couple of performances of the Beethoven Triple some years ago. On both occasions the performers were 3rd year students from the Royal Academy. This work isn't very often performed professionally (pity!) because of the expense of getting three professional soloists together, which is why performances by advanced amateurs are more likely to be programmed.
The problem with specifying the difficulty is, you also have to specify the performance level.
My kids are working on the first 3 movements of Dvorak no. 4 (Dumky) as their "easier" trio piece now (with the 2nd and 4th movements of Shostakovich no. 2). I think that one is pretty straightforward in all parts, and it's a real crowd pleaser.