Normally I don’t post on here but I love to observe the discussions. Currently, I’m playing the Beethoven VC and I’m constantly looking for new repertoire to play and listen to. I am currently in a “musical depression.” I’m just bored and I need new pieces to inspire me. I feel like every instrument has a path. For instance, Violin: Bruch to Lalo to SS to Mendelssohn etc. (With some variations from student to student). Don’t get me wrong, these are great pieces but they’re getting old as I hear them far too often. Does anyone have any suggestions of pieces or composers that I should give a listen to or even try to play? Maybe I should look at Frost’s music library for stuff. I’m really excited to hear what some of you suggest as I know there are some hidden gems you all have found.
As violin concerti go: there's a thread on the Nielsen concerto right now. I also think the ones by Glazunov, Harty, and Coleridge-Taylor are underrated, and I'm partial to Alexander Campbell Mackenzie's
I was also going to suggest the Nielsen!
Andrew has listed some good suggestions, and there are some in his list that I don't know and to which I need to listen. I have one additional suggestion: it’s the concerto in B minor by Jesús de Monasterio. It's a lovely lyrical work, not very well known even in the composer's native Spain. You can find it on YouTube, played by Ara Malikian, with the Orquesta Sinfónica de Castilla y León under Alejandro Posada.
Have you tried any of the Biber sonatas?
Maybe you could look beyond the repertoire. It is possible (though it involves a bit of luck) to find people to play chamber music with. This is where the real fun starts for those of us who are not professionals. Nothing you get out of learning concertos* in your practice room can match the satisfaction of sight-reading or rehearsing a string quartet with friends.
I don't know about playing, but Saint Saens #1, Bartok #1, and especially Milhaud #2 (a total masterwork) are not performed that often, if you want to check out some gems. Also, both Rakov concerti and the Karlowicz are fantastic.
I highly recommend checking out Helena Munktell's violin sonata. Such a gem. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bd3hlps4xgg
Florence Price wrote a wonderful concerto.
I second Buri's suggestion of Reger's music!
Nick -- hold the phone! Maybe your path needs a sharp left turn. The entire world of jazz is waiting for you and your bored-out-of-your-mind Beethoven chops. But, you're not going to conquer a genre you don't listen to and enjoy. Check out Zack Brock, Mateusz Smoczynski, Didier Lockwood, Zbigniew Siefert, Konstantin Ilitskii.
hi Paul, I just picked your fourth link (randomly), but that solo doesn't make any sense to me.
Jean, "it doesn't make sense" is what people who are new to classical music will say about Prokofiev or Scriabin or Brahms. It's not a soft landing. The reason I included those particular links is because they show what is possible
thanks Paul. I think, though, that I am already above the "grappelli level", I do listen to modern jazz occasionally and most often it does make sense to me. anyway, not everybody likes everything obviously, even in modern jazz I suppose. anyway I see that that was not the point of your links for Nick (who seems to have "branched out", incidentally :-) but just want to add that that guy from the fourth link needs new strings, urgently ;-)
Jean, I know what you mean about Zbigniew Seifert's sound. But that's someone's VHS tape of a TV show LOL. Seifert died of cancer at the age of 32. I bet he lived a hard life as a jazz violinist, probably wasn't too easy to afford new sets of violin strings all the time. I noticed that the pianist (Fender Rhodes keyboard) on that tape was Wolfgang Dauner, also a real hero of early "jazz-rock". He recorded with Ponty also. I hope some of these links dissuade anyone from the notion that jazz is something one falls back on if his or her skill is inferior -- but rather that it presents an opportunity and a legitimate challenge for someone who already has game.
certainly Paul, thanks for giving this context.
I like the chamber music suggestion. That's a way of branching out and socializing at the same time. The social aspect in making music is very important.
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