Learning the Mozart G Major. Can't get past the 1st movement cadenza. In fact, there's one measure that's made me all but give up completely. Anyone else ever experience this? Any tips on how to push through? Snuff my perfectionism? Enjoy playing again?
The Mozart G Major was the last piece that I worked on seriously as a high school student. I wasn't ready for it, mainly because my intonation wasn't good enough and my double stops were terrible, which meant I had no chance at the Franko cadenza (and the other cadenzas like Flesch are even harder).
Forget the cadenza. Work on the concerto itself; on the music that is actually composed by Mozart. I have never worked on the cadenza in any concerto I practiced.
Skip the cadenza until you actually have a solo concert, contest or audition. Then look for a cadenza that you like, that you can play, and is more stylistically consistent with Mozart. You are allowed to compose your own, or if very brave, improvised. For a clue as to what Mozart might have done with a violin concerto cadenza, take a look at the Violin/Viola Sinfonie Concertante.
thank you, everyone! This is great advice all around!
I only know the Joachim cadenza for Mozart No. 5. I didn't know he wrote one for Mozart No. 3, but I don't know why I would be surprised. The one for Mozart 5 is not especially hard except it has some crazy stuff at the end that I just ignore. That's my approach -- take one of the published ones and modify it to my needs. That way the basic structure and themes are there but not the misery.
Sorry Paul I wasn't clear, I don't think you're going round like a cadenza for number three either.