Need Help Selecting a New Piece
Hi there! I am a junior in high school and I am currently looking for a new piece. I am sending in a portfolio for colleges and I do not plan to attend a conservatory. That being said, I do want to continue violin in university. I have played Bruch 1, Mozart 4, Sarasate Introduction and Tarantella and Romanza Andaluza, Saint-Saens Introduction and Rondo Cappricioso (which I am working on again for my portfolio). I have also played movements from Bach partitas. What do you recommend? I am not necessarily looking for a concerto. My teacher had said La Campanella by Paganini but I am a little worried that it is out of my reach.
If I recall correctly, you'd posted an I&RC video previously (just the last page, I think) and it was quite unstable -- and moreover, demonstrated what looked like a relatively unstable technique.
I agree with Lydia, quality over quantity (in terms of difficulty level). Whoever sees your portfolio is going to appreciate things you play that are within your reach and played very well rather than some really difficult pieces that are played poorly. You say you’ve played Bruch, so I’d say the next logical piece (or at least concerto) would be either Wieniawski 2 or Saint Saens 3. Or even Lalo if you haven’t done that yet.
If you are not ambitious to be a professional I recommend to look for chamber music and for partners. The best music you can play on a violin is chamber music.
Every college (non-conservatory) has different requirements about what they want. The competition for scholarships for non-music-majors is very stiff. I personally think that the idea that your Bruch is going to move the needle on the likelihood of admission to Harvard is utter futility. Basically they are looking for people who "should" (might?) have tried for a conservatory spot, but they wised up and chose engineering or pre-medicine instead. There are a few of those where I teach, but I don't think any of them got music scholarships. Scholarships really depend on how desperate the school is to populate its orchestra.
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