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Suggestions for Classical Violin/Piano Duet? #1956017
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I have a friend who plays the violin. She is very advanced (She has been to an all state conference and is going back this year). I play the piano and would consider myself to be late intermediate (I just finished preparing the Pathétique Sonata). Both my friend and I have discussed playing a piano/violin duet (we were thinking a violin duet since I also play violin but that kind of fell through).

We both like classical music. Personally, I like almost all classical composers but my favorite composers tend to be from Slavic countries. I'm not totally sure what my friend's tastes are. However, I don't think either one of us are too particular about classical music so really any suggestion would most likely work.

What would you suggest?

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Re: Suggestions for Classical Violin/Piano Duet? [Re: Nathdep] #1956089
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If you like Beethoven, try the Spring sonata - perfectly accessible to a Pathetique player.

For something a bit easier but quite good is the Dvorak Sonatine.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DHB6Huj-1Ng
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7a46TM56CrI

For something completely different, there is a version of Bolcom's "Graceful Ghost Rag" for violin and piano. (It's arranged by the composer, and it's in A minor, an easier key than the original!)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2nnfhGtOLKs

If you want something slavic, try Bartok's Romanian folk dances - originally for piano, there's an excellent arrangement for violin and piano that's very good. (And not particularly difficult.)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rTBC734Lljk


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Re: Suggestions for Classical Violin/Piano Duet? [Re: Nathdep] #1956091
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A Mozart violin sonata might be a good choice smile


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Re: Suggestions for Classical Violin/Piano Duet? [Re: Nathdep] #1956106
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I highly recommend Wieniawski, Sibelius or Kreisler. Debussy and Chopin transcriptions are also very beautiful, such as La plus que lente and the posthumous nocturne in C-sharp minor.

Re: Suggestions for Classical Violin/Piano Duet? [Re: Nathdep] #1956115
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Why play warmed-over Chopin or re-hashed Debussy? There's a wealth of material written for violin and piano that was meant to be played by violin and piano, some of which have already been recommended above.

If the violinist is as advanced as you say, she should be familiar with much of the violin repertoire and could probably make many suggestions.

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Schubert Sonatinas.


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Re: Suggestions for Classical Violin/Piano Duet? [Re: BruceD] #1956149
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Originally Posted by BruceD
Why play warmed-over Chopin or re-hashed Debussy? There's a wealth of material written for violin and piano that was meant to be played by violin and piano, some of which have already been recommended above.

If the violinist is as advanced as you say, she should be familiar with much of the violin repertoire and could probably make many suggestions.

Regards,


The Debussy Violin Sonata is perhaps one of the most unique, beautiful violin sonatas ever written. I like it.

Re: Suggestions for Classical Violin/Piano Duet? [Re: IstvŠnE] #1956151
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Originally Posted by KingOfTheSea
Originally Posted by BruceD
Why play warmed-over Chopin or re-hashed Debussy? There's a wealth of material written for violin and piano that was meant to be played by violin and piano, some of which have already been recommended above.

If the violinist is as advanced as you say, she should be familiar with much of the violin repertoire and could probably make many suggestions.

Regards,


The Debussy Violin Sonata is perhaps one of the most unique, beautiful violin sonatas ever written. I like it.


I agree.

Re: Suggestions for Classical Violin/Piano Duet? [Re: JoelW] #1956161
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Originally Posted by mazurkajoe
Originally Posted by KingOfTheSea
Originally Posted by BruceD
Why play warmed-over Chopin or re-hashed Debussy? There's a wealth of material written for violin and piano that was meant to be played by violin and piano, some of which have already been recommended above.

If the violinist is as advanced as you say, she should be familiar with much of the violin repertoire and could probably make many suggestions.

Regards,


The Debussy Violin Sonata is perhaps one of the most unique, beautiful violin sonatas ever written. I like it.


I agree.


Me too. I love that piece to death. The most bizarre, fantastic part for me is the scherzando in the 2nd movement, right before one of the meno mossos.. That whole second movement is just so full of different characters and drastic color changes everywhere. What's your favourite part of the piece?



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Re: Suggestions for Classical Violin/Piano Duet? [Re: Pogorelich.] #1956167
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Originally Posted by Pogorelich.
What's your favourite part of the piece?


The end of the last movement where that little riff repeats in a higher key.

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Re: Suggestions for Classical Violin/Piano Duet? [Re: JoelW] #1956173
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Originally Posted by mazurkajoe
Originally Posted by Pogorelich.
What's your favourite part of the piece?


The end of the last movement where that little riff repeats in a higher key.


with the accel, so the coda of the mvt?



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Re: Suggestions for Classical Violin/Piano Duet? [Re: Pogorelich.] #1956176
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Originally Posted by Pogorelich.
Originally Posted by mazurkajoe
Originally Posted by Pogorelich.
What's your favourite part of the piece?


The end of the last movement where that little riff repeats in a higher key.


with the accel, so the coda of the mvt?




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Re: Suggestions for Classical Violin/Piano Duet? [Re: Nathdep] #1956181
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Ohh I thought it might be that one. Wow, everyone plays that so differently..



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Re: Suggestions for Classical Violin/Piano Duet? [Re: Nathdep] #1956193
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I second Beethoven's Spring Sonata, Op.24. It's very lovely. I've played it myself and I have learnt a lot of skills by playing it than I couldn't have by playing solo repertoire. And don't be deceived by its difficulty when you're playing alone( it's still harder than the pathetique). When you play it with the violinist, the difficulty increases manifold. However, all in all, Beethoven's Sprng is a good introduction to violin-piano chamber music, as all the romantic sonatas are much harder.

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Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.7, Op.10 No.3
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