I got my grades back on my thesis and graduation concert yesterday. B on both, so I’m really happy about it. Getting my results though, really highlights the fact that I am completely, one hundred percent done with my bachelor. Which is scary!
Not only because the future is uncertain, but I suddenly find myself without a teacher for the first time ever since I started on the violin. I’m not sure if I’m ready to take over as my own teacher yet.
But, I try. Already last month I began to look into how I could best prepare myself to be on my own. (Although I will be looking for a teacher next year as soon as I settle) The first thing I realised, was that I need to keep myself busy.
While with my teacher in Iceland, she taught me a lot about how to build a repertoire to keep me on my toes, ensure a sense of achievement and make sure that I utilize every technique that I learn. With this in mind, I have chosen the following repertoire for the Summer and Autumn:
Violin Concerto in A minor by Antonin Dvorak
Violin Sonata in F major by Edvard Grieg
Poem by Zdenek Fibich
Chaconne from Partita in D minor By Johann Sebastian Bach
Violin Concerto in A major by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
In addition to this, I’m attending a youth orchestra course this Summer, where we are playing:
Ouverture to Elverum by Johannes Rusten
Symphony no. 5 i B flat major by Anton Bruckner
Eleven Gates by Anders Hillbor
Solveig’s song (from op. 23)
Spring (from op. 33)
By Rondane (from op. 33)
A Swan (op. 25, no. 2)
Zur Rosenzeit (op. 48, no. 5)
Ein Traum (op. 48, no. 6)
– All by Edvard Grieg
Symphony no. 3, op. 27 by Carl Nielsen
It’s a big and challenging program, but I’m really excited about it. Some of it is very challenging, like the symphony by Nielsen. While something, like Poem by Fibich, is a small side project for fun because I absolutely adore that piece.
I chose the Grieg Sonata because I learned the G major this year, and I decided that I wanted to learn all of them. And then, it’s always good to have something by Bach, and I have learned the entire D minor partita except for the chaconne.
The two concertos that I chose is mainly to prepare for auditions in the future, but they are also (especially the Dvorak) my absolute favourite concertos for the violin. I already started on the Dvorak a little bit before my exam just to occasionally give myself something else to do.
That is my program for the coming months. Hopefully you learned something about how to build a repertoire from seeing this. If you have any questions, you can always write them in the comments and I’ll answer them to the best of my abilities.