Repertoire Suggestions

June 23, 2020, 8:04 PM · Hello all!

I am a violinist (rising junior in hs) looking for advice on repertoire. I want to take on a concerto that will challenge me technically, but will still be something I can shape and have fun with. My teacher and I haven’t discussed this yet, but I would love to get any opinions/advice in advance!

Here is a list of what I have performed before, from the previous 3 years:

Mozart Violin Concerto No. 3 (all movements)
Viotti Concerto No. 22 (all movements)
Bruch Violin Concerto No. 1 (all movements) (Performed as a soloist with an orchestra, 3rd movement is my favorite to play!)
Bach Partita No. 3 (finished all movements while learning the above 3)
Mozart Violin Concerto No. 4 (Working on the 1st movement)
Mendelssohn Violin Concerto in E minor (Finished the 1st recently, working on the 2nd and 3rd)
Bach Sonata No. 1 (Finished the Adagio, Fugue, and Presto)

I am also working on the etudes and caprices from Dont 35 and Rode (further information to give you insight on where I am technically).

I appreciate any and all suggestions!

Thank you!

Replies (6)

June 24, 2020, 12:34 AM · If your teacher wants to stay in the same general tier of concertos, you could do Khachaturian, Saint-Saens 3, Wieniawski 2, or the Lalo Symphonie Espagnol. Or you could move up a tier in difficulty to do Prokofiev 2, Dvorak, maybe Paganini No. 1.
June 24, 2020, 9:32 AM · Agree with Lydia - Saint-Saens, Wieniawski, or Lalo are next steps. Between her two "tiers" would be something like Vieuxtemps 5.
June 24, 2020, 10:12 AM · Agree with the above, but my personal preference would be Saint-Saens 3 just because it is fun to play.
June 24, 2020, 8:43 PM · Lydia- Thank you very much for the recommendations!
Susan- Got it. I will keep this in mind!
Mary- Yes! It sounds very fun!
June 24, 2020, 8:57 PM · I highly recommend the Violin Concerto in E minor by Julius Conus. Heifetz and Perlman recorded it. It’s quite beautiful and effective.
June 24, 2020, 11:29 PM · Everything at that tier is a lot of fun, honestly. It's hard enough to be interesting and varied, but isn't awkward enough to eat practice time in an unrewarding fashion. The work-to-enjoyment ratio is thumbs-up.


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