Dilemma with concert piece
I was asked to play at a concert which is taking place in a month. My violin teacher requested me to play a movement from Vivaldis a minor concerto.
The thing is, that I've already played this piece and I don't really enjoy playing it.
The fact that a violin friend of mine (who will also play there) is going to play a movement from Griegs 3rd violin sonata and a Mozart violin sonata isn't making it any better.
I'm currently working on the Bach violin double concerto and asked my teacher if I could play it instead but the problem is that it would be really hard to find another violinist for the second violin in such a short time.
Do you have any recommendations that I could play instead? It shouldn't be too long and it should be at my level of playing.
Perhaps this information is helping you:
I'm 18 years old and started playing two years ago.
Some of the pieces I've played are:
-Vivaldis a minor concerto
-a few student concertos by Rieding (op. 21 in a minor, op 35 in b minor etc.)
This is a list of some pieces I've played in orchestra (both 2nd violin);
Youth Symphony Orchestra:
Saint Säens - Baccanale
Sibelius - 2nd symphony 4th movement
Prokofiev - Dance of the knights
Mozart - Haffner Symphony
Schubert - Symphony no.6
I can play from 1st up to 5th position (although 5th is still a bit tricky for me) and I would say that my vibrato is also pretty "good".
My violin teacher once mentioned that I'm good with dynamics and that I have a good tone.
I would love to read your thoughts about pieces I could play! It shouldn't be too demanding ;)...Thanks a lot
Your teacher is giving you rock-solid advice. If you have a choice, always perform something that you can play very well. Is your Vivaldi feeling a little stale? Make a recording of yourself and then bring it up a notch -- intonation, articulation, musicality: Violin artistry!
The Vivaldi a minor after two years of study is good progress!
Does your friend know the 2nd violin part to the Bach Double? If so, ask them to play with you.
I think the Vivaldi A minor concerto is a wonderful piece of music. But then I love all of Vivaldi.
You hit nive repotoire for the time playing. Also the orchestra stuff.
As a kid, when I was progressing through the Suzuki books, playing pieces like the Vivaldi A minor, I was obsessed with how far along I was. I always wanted to be "ahead" of so-and-so in my cohort. This, of course, is utter nonsense. It's better to play a simple piece artistically than to play a more advanced piece robotically. So, my advice would be to listen to a variety of recordings of the Vivaldi (including Baroque ensembles, for instance), and find one or two that resonate with you. (YouTube and Spotify are great resources). Aspire to play not just the notes, but the dynamics, tempo, and articulations, like the pros. This can make the Vivaldi a very interesting piece, and what you learn will help you as you move on to more challenging repertoire.
Thank you all for your kind advices!
One thing you may need to learn to get used to, as a musician and in life, is playing music you don't necessarily care for. At times you will be asked to play stuff that is too slow, too fast, too easy, too hard, etc. Also you will have to play with people not as skilled, more skilled, hard to please, etc. It's just how it is. You see leading performers playing pieces that are many times considered as easy student music yet they do it and are happy to have a gig. I have seen renditions of Twinkle that will bring a tear to your eye.
"So I don't really understand why he would have picked me."
I heard a recital by Pinchas Zuckerman on the radio, in which he performed Elgar's Six Easy Pieces.
Very commonly a big star violinist or pianist will perform something well below their technical "level" as an encore too. Like Horowitz playing Schumann's "Traumerei" at the most important and highly publicized recital of his entire life.
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