College Auditions Repertoire
I was wondering if the following pieces will be competitive in an undergraduate audition to top tier conservatories like Oberlin, NEC and SFCM:
1. Wieniawski Violin Concerto No. 2 (1st or 3rd movt)
2. Bach Violin Sonata No. 2 (3rd and 4th movt)
3. Paganini Caprice No. 9
4. Brahms Violin Sonata No. 3 (1st movt)
I'm no expert in this stuff, but from what I've seen on this site in the past, I'm guessing the answer is "Yes if it's played well."
Yes if it's played well.
I know of a cellist who got into Eastman with kabalevsky so really the pieces are simply vehicles for understanding a quality of playing. If Heifetz showed up playing kabalevsky concerto he would still get into all the schools.
@Mark isn't the Kabalevsky cello concerto more difficult than the violin concerto?
@Mary you mentioned in an earlier thread that partita 3 makes the OP's application less competitive since most people should be playing at least the adagio and fugue from Sonata no. 1. Does the same apply to the above 2 movts from Sonata No. 2?
I’m not sure. I think the third and fourth movements of the second Sonata are somewhat more difficult than the Loure and Gavotte en Rondeau but they’re not as hard as even the easiest adagio and fugue. That’s a question for your teacher, and maybe also for current students at the schools you wish to audition for.
The pat answer you are going to get is of course if they are played well. But putting that aside, if you play this rep well, and someone else plays (equally well) Tchaikovsky concerto and a Bach fugue, guess who is going to get the spot?
My son just went through the audition process.
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