Recommendations for upbeat/fun intermed. pieces
I am looking for recommendations for intermediate, upbeat pieces in the style of “Souvenir de Sarasate” by Potstock or “The Boy Paganini” by Mollenhauer or Hungarian Dance no. 5. Just *anything* fun and engaging. I’ve googled so much and scoured YouTube to no avail. And I currently have no teacher or hobby musician friends I could ask.
I picked up the violin again after a long time, so at the end of all the scales, Kreutzer, double stops and positions, I just like to play something fun and not too crazy that will motivate me. Any ideas greatly appreciated!!! Thank you!!
Sarasate Introduction and Tarantelle. All the passages have very violinistic patterns in fingerings. It also basically phrases itself. In your post you said "so at the end of all the scales, Kreutzer, double stops and positions, I just like to play something fun and not too crazy that will motivate me.", so if that means that you have a great command of every position, it'll be fun and not crazy.
Just a few suggestions: "Tambourin" by Leclair, you can find it in the album "Wundergeige" on IMSLP. Also the album "Violin pieces the whole world plays" also on IMSLP contains a few "fun" pieces. Also many of the Corelli sonatas op.5 are truly fun, for example no.11 in E major has a really fun Allegro. Allegro by Fiocco is also "fun", etc etc, endless possibilities!
It ain't necessarily so - Gershwin, arr. Heifetz
One of my favorite "fun" pieces is Komarovski's Violin Concerto No. 2.
You could pick up Barbara Barber's Solos for Young Violinists; I think the Potstock is in volume 3. You're basically at Accolay level, to judge by those two pieces of repertoire, so Mike Liu's suggested Sarasate is too difficult for you.
The Heifetz arrangements of Gershwin are quite difficult, just saying.
Wieniawskis Kujawiak in a minor is fun to play.
- Edmund Severn, Polish dance
This is a fun piece: https://imslp.org/wiki/Mazurka_No.1_(Mlynarski%2C_Emil)
Thank you all for your ideas! Can't wait to go through them tonight and take a listen!!
I second the Mlynarski Mazurka. That's also in one of the Barbara Barber books.
No left hand pizzicato in the Ten Have Allegro Brillante but I agree it is a fun piece.