Eine kleine nachtmusik
I have just started to learn this piece and was wondering what level would it be classed as, beginner? or intermediate? all answers and opinions appreciated.
Definitely in the intermediate range - assuming you’re talking about the 1st vln part. As I recall it gets to 3rd position but not above...and there’s simple double stops, and some sautille and spicatto. And it’s fairly pacey. As an ensemble piece, the unison sections make it tricky to play well, but it’s a relatively straight forward (and mandatory) piece in the repertoire.
Yes the first violin part is what I mean, thanks for the reply.
More or less intermediate, but the trio will expose uncertain tone.
But certainly not easy to play cleanly and in tempo with good tone, like almost anything on the violin! It's actually a very good piece to expose certain holes in your technique. And any intonation slip sticks out. Enjoy working on this!
Not quite sure how it compares with for difficulty with Eine kleine nichtmusik and Eine kleine Beatlemusik, but I would imagine they're fairly similar.
I agree that Eine kleine Nachtmusik (1st violin) is a good one to keep technique in its important aspects up to scratch (if that's the right word!) during a multiplicity of COVID lockdowns and a complete absence of playing opportunities in orchestras or other ensembles for the foreseeable future - especially relevant to an old orchestral grunt.
Trevor, thats one of the main reasons I am learning it, as you say it makes you concentrate on technique.
Trevor, thx for the spelling.
I have fond memories of Eine kleine Nachtmusik. My first instrument, at age 8, was the cornet. In my early teens I played in a brass band, and one of the pieces in our repertoire was an arrangement of the first movement.
Nuuska, another word for you - Phrontistery. Comes from the Greek Phrontisterion meaning "a place for thinking or study". What better name for a music practice room!
I worked yesterday a bit on the last movement. I find it not easy at all to play well in tempo, clean, good tone, not even mentioning the execution of all those turns in a pleasant clear manner. I'm going to perform it this weekend for my elderly father :-)
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