Vieuxtemps no. 4 1st movement for conservatory audition piece
How suitable is Vieuxtemps no. 4, 1st movement as the concerto to audition considering its level of difficulty and how short it is (just shy of 6 minutes excluding the long accompanimental introduction at the start)? Thanks!
What schools are you considering? It makes a difference.
And what's the rest of your audition repertoire?
Lydia and Mary Ellen present decent questions. If you were in the UK I think it would be fine
I'm preparing the Loure and Gavotte en Rondeau for Bach, Paganini 16 and the Grieg Sonata no. 2 for my auditions. Looking at schools such as NEC, Peabody, Manhattan school of music, Clevland etc.
Probably should be fine, assuming you can play these pieces well. I have a friend who this year got into Peabody and NEC and he played Vieuxtemps 4 for his auditions.
I know someone who was admitted to Oberlin on Vieuxtemps 4. Not sure what the rest of the audition rep was.
It's totally fine. Also, good on you for playing this beautiful piece! The most underrated concerto for me.
Yes of course it’s definitely a fine choice if you can play it at a high level. Vieuxtemps was after all one of the most important violinist composers and educators of the 19th century.
I don't think the length is a problem, but you might want to program something with a bit more higher level technique if you are able. I would do Vieuxtemps #5 over #4 for just that reason.
I was thinking that Vieuxtemps 4 was borderline in its difficulty, and if you are pairing it with the Loure and the Gavotte en Rondeau, then I think your audition is definitely going to be on the lower level side of difficulty for the schools you listed. I would expect most candidates for NEC and Cleveland to be playing the Bach g minor adagio and fugue, or movements of similar difficulty.
Susan the 3rd and 4th movements of the 4th Vieuxtemps Concerto are as technically difficult as anything to play absolutely clean in my opinion. I’ve performed both 4&5. 4 is a bit more challenging for me. The first movement of #4 has fingered octaves, 4 octave arpeggios, many passages, and lots of lyrical moments to display a player’s tone. In short, this piece will definitely show if you can play the violin. If it’s good enough for Mr. Heifetz and Hilary Hahn to play, I think it’s fine for a school audition. As Mary Ellen noted, it’s how well you play the music that ultimately means the most. I would agree on perhaps doing a Bach Sonata with a Fugue instead,
@Nate, I was mostly just comparing first movements since that is what the OP was going to play. I personally like #4 over #5 (all movements, actually), but I would still say #5 shows more to an audition panel -- especially the cadenza.
It truly doesn’t matter what standard concerto you do as long as it’s pristine.
CIM is the Cleveland Institute of Music
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