Havanaise vs Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso
I have the choice of playing either Havanaise or Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso. Both appear to be matched evenly in difficulty. Havanaise has the speed, key, and the tenths. IRC has the arpeggios and a variety of bowing techniques.
I find them both to sound great, can't really make a judgement by that. Can anyone share their experiences/suggestions with these pieces?
In my opinion Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso is more difficult than Havanaise. They are both fun to play.
Rondo Capriccioso is leagues beyond Havanise in terms of playability. I've spoken to several colleagues who are way more scared of it than they are of Tzigane, Campanella, or other showpieces. The staccato, the memory minefield of the E major arpeggios (3rd page), the coordination on the last page - it ain't easy.
I&RC is much, much more difficult than the Havanaise.
Lydia teachers do the same thing with Mozart concertos and other stuff. I've been on the receiving end of that.
I love both pieces and have a hard time picking one. IRC does have some trickier passages, but the Havanaise puts the player’s sense of panache to the test.
Those chromatic thirds kind of bump Havanaise into a different category. Or is there a little-known hack for solving that problem?
In terms of the audience wow factor, I have found IRC to be the more favored of the two. The virtuosity in IRC is more than the Habanera, and the arpeggio passage that is on the last two pages always makes people smile (if played correctly). Also, it was used in some popular TV show that I forgot the name of.
"Those chromatic thirds kind of bump Havanaise into a different category. Or is there a little-known hack for solving that problem?"
Mike - not to be a stickler for detail, but the Wieniawski glissando is actually D -> F.
Oh s*it I forgot. I haven’t played that garbage in a long time. Kidding, obviously. I actually like Wieniawski.