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Piano and Violin Music
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I have an extremely talented piano student. Her family is very musical and her brother plays violin. Their mom wants them to do a duet, however, I know nothing about violin music. I am looking for suggestions for violin and piano piece. My piano student is a intermediate level and her brother is first chair violin in ninth grade. I would assume that this would be a higher intermediate level as well? Any suggestions welcome. I can answer questions for added information as well. Thanks in advance.


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You can't go wrong with this famous piece, originally for violin and orchestra from an opera:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7QtGOWemQhY

Of course, the piano is accompanying almost throughout, but controlling the arpeggios can be a good challenge for intermediate-level students.

Other pieces to look at are Mozart's very early (childhood) violin sonatas, which are dominated by the keyboard part. Also the lovely second movement (Larghetto) from Dvořák's Violin Sonatina in G:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1sEpBn86Q4o


Here's another lovely piece (- a transcription, originally an aria from an opera) that I used to play as an intermediate-level piano student with a violinist friend of the same standard:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fi3-xX3VV1w


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Hi
I am not a violinist, but I have played the piano accompaniment for
Samuel Barber’s Adagio for strings , arr. for violin and piano

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=whiNCmznPKI

Sheet music plus .

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What about connecting with the brother's violin teacher? Usually anyone who teaches violin also had to study piano since in most music degrees you also have to do some piano first, so that teacher might have a feel for what is appropriate for his violin student as well as your piano student. You might have a back and forth about it. (?)

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Consider the Schubert's and Dvorak's Sonatinas. They are good starter pieces.

There is a violin part to Mozart's Piano Sonata in B-flat, K. 570, which is one of the easier Mozart sonatas.


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Her brother being first chair, if this is in a high school orchestra and he's only 9th grade, he sounds quite accomplished. This lovely Baroque concerto movement by Telemann may be within his grasp, and the piano accompaniment doesn't sound like something an intermediate piano student couldn't handle.

https://youtu.be/2-B3Hif5Gxc

Here's a delicious, slower movement from another Baroque master, Arcangelo Corelli:

https://youtu.be/hKJFutwe6iQ

This is a gorgeous piece from the Romantic Period, Jean-Baptiste Accolay's well-known, wonderful one-movement violin concerto for students (played here with a version for violin and piano):

https://youtu.be/DSJvUxgvLvg

I'll add one more to this list. The piano accompaniment is more difficult than the others I posted above, and ensemble issues are more tricky between the players, but in case you're looking for something a bit more challenging for your student than the preceding piano parts offer, this may fit the bill, if she is more toward the upper intermediate levels and has played in ensemble with her brother before. These are Schumann's Three Romances, Op. 94, truly lovely works:

https://youtu.be/x0nlXnkhBPQ

Good luck! Sounds like a fun venture. smile

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I've always been partial to this little piece by Ravel.



http://imslp.org/wiki/Berceuse_sur_le_nom_de_Gabriel_Fauré_(Ravel%2C_Maurice)

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The easiest recommendation would be to look into the Suzuki violin repertoire. There are many selections and the accompaniment is sometimes not too terribly difficult.

http://beststudentviolins.com/SuzukiViolinRepertoire.pdf

Mark O Connor (while not my favorite composer) is super popular with violin students and his piano parts are fairly accessible.

https://www.markoconnor.com/

If you are looking for something modern you could also check out Lindsey Stirling's music for violin students

https://www.amazon.com/slp/lindsey-stirling-sheet-music/2zkhzd3cwtmo9ap

Best wishes with the project


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The violin student probably has already studied many pieces that are intended to be accompanied by piano. Maybe start with those?


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Originally Posted by hreichgott
The violin student probably has already studied many pieces that are intended to be accompanied by piano. Maybe start with those?

Exactly! If they are new to playing together, they can even start on something easy first, not necessarily the most advanced piece that their individual skill level allows. The violin teacher likely has, has access to, or can tell you where to get, accompaniment parts and you can judge their suitability for the piano student. If you want to teach chords, theory, improvising, arranging, etc., you could also use popular music or folk songs for that.


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