The Mendelssohn E-minor

The Mendelssohn E-minor

The Mendelssohn E-minor    21:57 on Friday, January 09, 2004
I think I want to play this as an audition piece for a high school orchestra, but I pretty much know nothing about where it stands in a violinist`s repertoire. Anyone played it before? Will judges be impressed? How long have you played before you played it?

Also, what would the piano equivilent of this piece be? I`d get a better understanding of this piece of I knew that.

Re: The Mendelssohn E-minor    03:31 on Saturday, January 10, 2004
(Liz Ward)
No Idea. Most on this forum don`t play to that level. Try asking on maestronet.


Re: The Mendelssohn E-minor    12:49 on Saturday, January 10, 2004
(Jeff Flatters)
I`m still at the scape and screech stage so, it`s probably presumptious of me to comment but, I will speak as a music lover rather than a violinist.

The Mendelssohn is one of my favourites and would certainly come with me to my desert island. I would, however, insist on Kyung Wha Chung`s recording. The second movement is so beautiful that it can make me cry. But, it is much more than a mere tune and needs so much feeling and emotion to work (Perlman`s version does nothing for me).

I don`t know your level or, what the judges would expect but, I would have thought that this is one of the most difficult pieces you could choose.

Re: The Mendelssohn E-minor    21:05 on Saturday, January 10, 2004
I looked it up in my AMEB manual, and according to them the slow movement is Grade 8, and either of the outer movements can be used for LMusA (the one above the one above Grade 8). So it is a quite advanced piece.

Re: The Mendelssohn E-minor    14:46 on Monday, November 15, 2004
Wow... I`ve been playing for 7 years. I can play some of it, and the other parts of it are pretty rough. I`m not sure what the judges would think either. Its hard to play a popular piece because they`ll know every little thing about it.

Re: The Mendelssohn E-minor    00:12 on Tuesday, November 16, 2004
I have played it. The Mendlessohn is definitely one of the best choices for an audition. Particularly if this is a short audition for your high school orchestra you would probably need to play just a page or two of it. It really shows your ability to play an emotional piece. I`m not sure how good you are but this is definitely a higher level concerto. I don`t know how to put it in terms of "grade level" because I have never done that. What I can say that it is pretty much an introduction to the advanced violinist`s repertoire.

Re: The Mendelssohn E-minor    09:03 on Tuesday, November 16, 2004
If u play a Mendelssohn for an audition... U would be at least diploma or college yr 1-2 standard, that is if u played decently.
They are really wonderful, but can be tricky as well.

Re: The Mendelssohn E-minor    00:39 on Friday, November 19, 2004
I`m working on this piece now, after playing for 2 1/2 years, but I had taken piano before that, so I already could read music.

It`s definitely a jump for me, but I figure if I`m going to be playing for a college audition, I can start now, and since those auditions aren`t for another year, I should really have it down well, and instead of worrying about the technical aspect, will be able to make music through it.

I wouldn`t necessarily say the notes are the hardest, but it`s playing them right that is the problem (isn`t that always the case) - in the first movement there are so many different moods/articulations/ways to play, and its fast, too.

What kind of audition is it at your high school? The judges will be impressed by what you play WELL. If you play Mendelssohn poorly, it won`t be impressive. If you think it`s too much of a stretch, my favorite Mozart Concertos are #3 and #5. I played #5 this past summer before starting Mendelssohn.

I`m also practicing it for my high school`s concerto competition, where we get a chance to play a concerto with the orchestra.


Re: The Mendelssohn E-minor    02:00 on Tuesday, December 07, 2004
Ive been playing for 5 years and i have already performed this piece several times. If you can master it, it is a great piece to have in repotoire and would certainly impress.

Awesome Piece    09:14 on Tuesday, December 07, 2004
I never got to the third movement(my favorite!), but it is a wonderful piece. Make sure you get a really good recording of it and listen to it often. It really helps. Good luck and break a string! Tootles.

Re: The Mendelssohn E-minor    18:10 on Tuesday, December 07, 2004
lol grade 8 piece.. will take me 8 years at least for me to get there.

Re: The Mendelssohn E-minor    09:28 on Tuesday, December 14, 2004
lol its really not easy and need a lot of depth to play it well. try to choose something that you can easily manage and and express well. if you can`t bring out the spirit in the Mendelssohn then dun play it..

Re: The Mendelssohn E-minor    05:08 on Wednesday, December 15, 2004
The mendolssohn is really really hard. The opening melody especially. I think it`s great to stretch yourself though.

Re: The Mendelssohn E-minor    05:14 on Wednesday, December 15, 2004
oh if you can get hold of campoli playing it. It is amazing!!!!! I bought it a while ago the no.on it is impx 9031 i`m english though so it may be difficult to get hold of.

Re: The Mendelssohn E-minor    11:12 on Wednesday, December 15, 2004
This piece of music is 22 pages long and in 3 different movements. First movement is fast and 2nd is slow and 3rd is fast as well. The level of this piece is ARCT..If you dont have at least the skills to play chaconne(which is a grade 10 famous piece, i dont think you can do the 1st movement for Mendellssohn e minor...Its way too hard for anyone below grade 10...)


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