German composer Ferdinand Küchler wrote this piece in 1934 and it became a staple in the beginner violin repertoire. Küchler was a renowned violin pedagogue, and his writings on teaching went on to shape violin pedagogy into the 1960s. Today we’re looking at the Kuchler Concertino in G, Op. 11.
The Kuchler Concertino is written in three movements. It was written to be performed in the first position. The first movement, Allegro Moderato, is written in sonata form, features an arpeggiated main theme, a tranqillo second theme, with some scalic passages and a repeated quaver development of the first theme. The second movement, Andante, in 3/4, is in an extended Ternary form (AABA). The final movement, entitled Rondo with a tempo marking of Allegro, is written in rondo form, and includes a number of beautifully crafted melodies.
Piece Details – Kuchler Concertino Op. 11
|Grade 1 (First movement)||Grade 3 (First Movement)|
Keys: G major, C major
Time Signatures: C,3/4, 2/4
Notes used: A
A#/Bb B C C#/ Db D D#/Eb E F F#/ Gb G G#/ Ab
Standard open strings are G3, D4, A4, E5.
Double stops: Simple (use at least one open string) – Duple (no open strings)
Rhythmic range: Quavers to Dotted Minums