I've seen countless discussions comparing concerti difficulty as a whole, but I'm curious to see how third movements rank. For example, I predict Wieniawski 2's 3rd movement is more technically difficult than Tchaikovsky's, even if Wieniawski 2 is considered the easier concerto as a whole. How would these concerti third movements rank in relative difficulty of one another?
Saint Saens 3
and are these more difficult than, say, the Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso?
In another thread someone commented that violin concerto third movements always removed more than they added. I didn't say anything because the only third movements I could bring to mind were Pag 1's and Prok 2's (which I don't feel remove more than they add), and I'm more familiar with things like Mozart's oboe concerto.
The general consensus of our family members for 3rd mvmts from easiest to hardest is Mendelssohn, Bruch, Saint Saens, Wieniawski, and Tchaikovsky. Bruch is harder than Mendelssohn because of the double stops. Tchaikovsky won over Wieniawski because it doesn't sit as well on the violin and just has more "stuff" in it. If you can get the bowstroke for Wieniawski and can do some upbow staccato, you are pretty much good to go.
Depends on the player.
Tchaikovsky third movement also has a lot of right-arm awkwardness that's quite tiring. Given that the first movement is already exhausting, by the time you get to the third you can have nothing left for it. I think it's significantly more difficult than the 3rd movement of Wieniawski 2 even without the endurance consideration.
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