2 Contrasting Selections?

December 23, 2017, 5:12 PM · Hi all,

I've been speaking with my private instructor regarding an upcoming solo festival in June. We've come up with 3 options for 2 contrasting selections that she believes will be achievable by me before mid-June. After being given the three options, I've to make a decision based on which selections I feel are a good contrast to each other in terms of sound and expression. Any suggestions for which choice seems the most unique/appealing? Thanks!

Choice 1: Mozart G Violin Concerto (1st or 3rd mvt) and Tchaikovsky Canzonetta for Violin

Choice 2: Deberiot violin concerto 9 (movement 1 or 3) and Chopin Nocturne 21 in C Sharp Minor

Choice 3: Any two movements from Bach sonatas or partitas (minus Ciaconna)

Replies (7)

December 23, 2017, 5:35 PM · I think all three choices are good in terms of contrast because of stylistic and emotional differences.
December 23, 2017, 6:30 PM · Thank you! I think so as well. I feel like if I could figure out some contrasting solo Bach, the third choice could be more achievable.
December 23, 2017, 7:26 PM · You should pick two Bach movements of different tempos/characters if that's what you're heading for. Do you have favourite piece(s) within your selections?
December 23, 2017, 9:13 PM · I actually don't as of now.. I'm trying to do some research and find out some good selections.
December 24, 2017, 5:58 AM · Based on your teacher's other suggestions, I think the Allemand and Gigue from the d minor partita would be easily achievable; the Preludio and Gavotte en Rondeau from the E major partita harder but likely within your grasp. Any Adagio/Fugue combination from one of the Sonatas is very much more difficult than your teacher's other suggestions and most likely beyond you right now.
December 24, 2017, 8:06 AM · Thank you! I'll look into these movements!
December 24, 2017, 11:05 PM · The C Major Fugue is a beast, arguable harder than the Ciaconna. Usually you’d do most of the D minor and the whole E major before doing any of the fugues. Much better to have a solid foundation on Bach before moving into the fugues. But, the good news is if you’re ready for them you could probably rip through both I mentioned above in about a year or so.

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