The 100 Hardest Violin Pieces
A fairly approximate ranking of the major violin repertoire. Hopefully there aren't too many controversial choices
Just a one word response......wow !!!!
Nice List. I was encouraged that some pieces that are beyond my abilities are considered "most difficult". And puzzled that some pieces that I can play are on the list. Of course, concertos by Mozart and Beethoven require an extra level of technical control.
Must have been a nightmare to put together! Good effort. There are a ton of things that I disagree with though.
Your annotations are pretty interesting, but the actual ranking aspect seems pretty arbitrary. I agree with Mike's points.
Those square root symbols are either that or somebody's heart flatlining from the terrible noises.
It seems to me that the first couple are "hard" JUST because they're fast. Fast doesn't have to be difficult. Two Set always say "if you can play it slow, you can play it quick"
I did perform one on the list, Brahms Op 100, virtually no more unsuccessfully than anything else I've ever performed - it may have helped that I had the best pianist I've ever played with (a blind fellow student, named Tom). I never had occasion to perform the Cesar Franck, but I think I would have managed that too (I've played it through with, I think, a couple of pianists). I had two Mozart Concerto 1st movements to play for exams (III for Grade 7, and V for my AL).
I am indeed a pianist (in conservatory) but I played violin for 9 years and I played in the university orchestra.
The Chausson Poeme and The Lark Ascending are very close in difficulty to the first five works on the list. They could've made the list in all fairness, taking out Vivaldi and Novacek.
I would put Lark Ascending somewhere in the upper 80s myself, it's firmly in the "more difficult than it looks" category because it has a lot of extremely exposed perfect intervals.
When I saw the title of this post I thought "yawn" but I just played the video and watched it the whole way through! Very interesting and entertaining video, many thanks for making it! With lots of discoveries!