Flashy audition piece ideas
I'm a college student auditioning for a non-classical string group (they play pop music and such) and need some ideas for a flashy, entertaining but not too hard piece that I can learn in the next two months (fyi- I don't have a teacher at the moment).
For reference, I've played Mozart 3, Bruch, and Saint Saens B Minor so far. I was thinking Kreisler Prelude and Allegro but any other suggestions are much appreciated. I was thinking about playing a pop song but I'm not sure that would show off my skill, also the audition excerpt is a pop song.
How about a tango or a Sarasate (Playera)? Also, most people are familiar with Monti's Czardas - its very flashy but not very difficult.
How about Czardas by Monti? You can play it schmaltzy, improvise a bit, and still be tasteful, it has some fast passages, some false harmonics, some double stops. It will be easier to learn than P&A and sounds flashier. An added bonus is that the audition committee will recognize the tune.
You could play Adam DeGraff's arrangement of Journey's Don't Stop Believin' for solo violin. I had 2 months to learn it for a contest in 2012, so I don't see why you couldn't learn it in the same timeframe. Here is a link to the sheet music: https://adamviolin.com/sheet-music--3 (it's the last one).
There are some Piazzolla etudes that may be listed under flute, but are often played on the violin. Very tango-ish.
No way! I am going to play the 6th etude for a competition, nobody told me anything! I'm Argentinian, though. Maybe we look him up more.
Another vote for Czardas. People who know very little about classical violin-playing think it's a virtuoso piece.
I disagree with everyone else. If auditioning for a nonclassical group, it would be strongly preferable to play something nonclassical, or as close as you can get.
-- Or a transcription of recorded solos from Stuff Smith, Joe Venuti,
Lydia has a good point. And if you can get yourself made up to look like an anime character and twirl around as you are playing, so much the better.
That was behind my thought for the Piazzolla, which sort of goes both ways.
Another vote for Czardas. Not that difficult but sounds difficult, shows off tone, speed, schmaltz / rubato, impro. And it's gypsy, basically, rather than 'Classical'.
You may also try Vivaldi's summer... even though it's been heavily roasted by many peer violinists out there lol
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