Phillip Glass No. 1?
So I have always been wanting to play the Phillip Glass violin concerto number one. But I've always questioned what a player needs to have accomplished before attempting this piece. Are there any pieces that you recommend to play before attempting the concerto itself? Any specific skills that need to be mastered?
That isn't the one where everyone has to keep silent for 4'33", is it?
No, that's John Cage's 4'33"
I would imagine the number one skill is a very high tolerance for repetition and tedium.
@Jacob, thank you, I stand corrected - can't keep up with these modern composers y'know!
Is there a recording out there someone can recommend?
I just listened to a version available on spotify, a rather poorly played recording where you can barely hear when a half tone changes in the arpeggio of the solist, but anyway. I think there is no big preperation needed, it has etude structure from itself. Find the fingering and be able to hold the bow at a good soundingpoint when going over all 4 strings. Not much more to do imho. As it repeats everything you got a good learning structure without doing much.
You need to look no further than YouTube for the many recordings on video, both live and copied from disc. I note in particular,
I've listened to it, and ain't sayin' nuttin' except that Mary Ellen has made a very pertinent observation.
Thank you everyone! I will take your responses into consideration before I start playing the piece.
I love this concerto (and Glass generally) - so I wouldn't agree that you need "tolerance for tedium" - but like many modernist composers, Glass needs a different approach to musicality than you need if you're blasting out a Romantic concerto.
There is at least the same amount of people slagging romantic concertos and playing style (modern romantic, not that it actaully got played this way when it was written).
I have played Glass orchestral works. I could never play another Glass work again and die happy. I stand by my "tedium" remarks.
I also like this concerto. Philip Glass once said "I don't understand why some people say my music is repetitive---it actually changes the whole time" and I agree, it is also the case with this concerto. the tempo is very brisk, the bowing is not easy, to make this concerto sound really well, articulated, clear, musical, at tempo, you have to be a rock solid soloist.
What ie not easy about the bowing in this piece?
So what you're really saying, Mary-Ellen, is that you really want THIS for your birthday? ;)
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