Finding a violinist to record a solo work?
I haven't found an adaptation of La Folia
variations for solo violin, so I composed one based on three old arrangements for violin and piano: PDF here
, MuseScore here
, MIDI here
. Just added VideoScore here
I have been practicing it for over a month and have come to the conclusion that, given my skill level, no amount of work will enable me to do it musical justice (as measured against professional performances of the earlier arrangements). Even if I give myself unlimited takes; some of the variations are just too demanding for me.
However a decent violinist would be able to play it competently without much work. You can see there's nothing crazy or weird going on in the score.
How might I go about finding a decent violinist who would take enough of an interest in this classical piece to study it and send me informal recordings? I would love to hear the piece played competently, even if I have to assemble multiple takes from a cell phone recording.
What is the purpose of the recording? Is it so you can hear it while studying the part? Or to improve your edition?
Contact the American Federation of Musicians and find out what minimum fee would be appropriate for doing this recording for you, and then hire a graduate student at that fee.
Looks colossal. I will have a look if you don't mind :)
I would like to thank you Mr. Bookstaber for posting your La Folia a variations and will enjoy many hours working on this new gem!
I would suggest that you publish this WITHOUT fingerings, as a quick look immediately suggests that some of the fingerings are unlikely to be ones chosen by a skilled player.
No no ... publish it with fingerings for $5. Then 10 years later you can get $50 for the "urtext" version.
Copy it out by hand on some staff paper with an oblique dipping pen—with no fingerings, of course. Then you can sell photocopies of "original manuscript" for double that!
Is this piece is different from the one in Suzuki book? Sry for my ignorance.
Ah, Suzuki book 6, IIRC. That is an enjoyable arrangement, but it is technically simpler than either Corelli's or the later three versions I referenced (by Ferdinand David, Maxim Jacobsen, and Fritz Kreisler).