So a while ago, my music theory teacher gave me a long list of pieces that he said every (potential) music student should know somewhat well. But he was coming from it as a pianist. I've been thinking of adapting for my own, but changing it of course to violin/viola as thats what I play and know. So my question is: what pieces do you think a violin/viola player should know? The essential pieces I guess.
So I'm not responding yet because I don't have an hour free.
Goodness me, what pieces shouldn't you know! The Dorothy Delay list is a good place to start I reckon...
For violin: at least Mendelssohn E minor and Mozart 3 in G major. A violinist not knowing these is like a Christian that doesn’t know of Jesus! By know do you mean play?
See I'm unsure. He wasn't clear, but I think its in ones aural repitory listened to
For violin: Bach Sonatas and Partitas, Paganini Caprices
I'm looking for as many as possible aha
Some essential viola pieces... this is what came to mind in 10 minutes, and I have probably missed a number of essentials. Listed in roughly chronological order, though I'm not entirely sure of dates off the top of my head.
"I'm looking for as many as possible aha"
Andrew, would you say Hoffmeister B-flat or D major js better to know? I think if and when I get students, I'd prefer the B flat
And just to clarify, on my teachers list its got every manner of things on it. Symphonies, chamber music, concertos etc.
Paul: Walton may be the most performed viola
As for Hoffmeister viola concertos, D major is far more famous. Let's put it this way: I only learned about the existence of the B-flat major concerto through your comment! I keep hearing people say "Hoffmeister concerto" without any further identifier, and it only ever seems to refer to the D major one.
Andrew that is good to know. Maybe there is hope after all!
Andrew, here in the UK, from what I can tell, Walton and Bartók are peformed most. I've seen Mozart's SC live at a concert once. I've never seen Stamitz, Hoffmeister or Telemann programmed here