Shorter showpieces for competitions?

January 26, 2021, 9:42 PM · I'm in need of recommendations for impressive yet short pieces for a competition. The first round only allows 6 minutes which limits the repertoire considerably. Does anyone have any suggestions? I'd like to avoid that one Wieniawski piece if possible...

It's a well known competition & I'm in my final year of a BMus, so challenging = good!

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Edited: January 26, 2021, 11:44 PM · Do you mean the Polonaise Brilliante? That's a good choice. but yeah it's played to death. Just watched a YouTube where it was played by a twelve-year-old boy. In under 6 minutes.
January 27, 2021, 1:12 AM · How bout this bad boy?

January 27, 2021, 11:09 AM · Ronde des Lutins is about five minutes long, four minutes if you’re Heifetz.
January 27, 2021, 2:08 PM · Bloch Nigun shows off musical virtuosity. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4vA3zsAgo0A

If you want something simply extremely difficult Scriabin Etude in Thirds. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ENX0iA-8eWU

Edited: January 27, 2021, 2:16 PM · Kreisler Tambourin Chinois
Sarasate Zapateado
Tchaikovsky Valse Scherzo
Vieuxtemps Souvenir d'Amerique
Ernst Erlkonig (maybe not the best choice for a competition)
Gershwin/Heifetz Preludes - if you are allowed to pick just one, it will be under 6 minutes
Edited: January 27, 2021, 3:55 PM · If you don't mind a slow tune, and have nerves of steel, Recuerdos de la Alhambra by Tárrega. Less than 4 minutes here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i-10F3fNEEg

Kreisler's Recit & Scherzo-Caprice is not often done insanely well.

January 27, 2021, 3:03 PM · The Ysaye Ballade ? I dont know much about competitions really.
January 28, 2021, 3:53 AM · The Sarasate Malaguena is great, And about 5:40.

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