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Kuchler Concertino in G, Op. 11

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

Graded repertoire

ABRSMTrinityAMEBSassmanshaus (ViolinMasterClass.com)SuzukiRCMLCM
Grade 1 (First movement)Grade 3 (First Movement)

Technical requirements

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
Range: G3-B5
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

Key strokes

DetacheMarteleStaccatoLegatoSpiccato
SautilleRicochetString CrossingArtificial HarmonicsChords

Positions

FirstSecondThirdFourth
FifthSixthSeventhEighth
NinethTenthEleventhTwelfth and above

Sheet Music

Link to IMSLPBuy from AmazonEdition edited by Ben Clapton (includes optional fingering including third position).

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Rieding Concerto in B Minor

Rieding Concerto in B Minor, available at Amazon.

Composed by German Composer Oskar Rieding (1840-1918) and first published in 1909, this concertino which stays completely in first position has become a staple of the beginner violin repertoire. While it isn’t performed regularly, it is often the first concerto a student will learn. The Rieding Concerto in B Minor is an ideal piece for students to learn, and is included in a number of exam repertoire lists.

(Want something different? Something less common? Why not try Kuchler’s Concertino)

Piece Details – Rieding Concerto in B Minor

Graded repertoire

ABRSMTrinityAMEBSassmanshaus (ViolinMasterClass.com)SuzukiRCMLCM
Grade 3 (second movement)Grade 2 (First movement)Level 2Grade 4 (first or third movement)

Technical requirements

Keys: D major, G Major

Time Signatures: C, 6/8

The Notational and Rhythmic Range used in the Rieding Concerto in B Minor.
The notational and rhythmic range used in the Rieding Concerto in B Minor.

Notes used: A A#/Bb B C C#/Db D D#/Eb E F F#/Gb G G#/Ab
Range: G3-B5
Standard open strings are G3, D4, A4, E5.

Double stops: Simple (use at least one open string) Duple (no open strings)

Rhythmic range: Semiquavers to Minums.

Key strokes

DetacheMarteleStaccatoLegatoSpiccato
SautilleRicochetString CrossingArtificial HarmonicsChords

Positions

FirstSecondThirdFourth
FifthSixthSeventhEighth
NinethTenthEleventhTwelfth and above

Sheet Music

Link to IMSLPHenle Verlag Urtext edition (Amazon) – Link to edited copy (Coming soon!).

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Concerto in D Maj, Op. 36 – Rieding

A concerto which remains entirely in first position, this concerto contains catchy melodies yet still provides some technical challenges to stretch the player. First published in 1911, some 7 years before the composer’s death (1840-1911)

Piece Details

Graded repertoire

ABRSMTrinityAMEBSassmanshaus (ViolinMasterClass.com)SuzukiRCMLCM
Level 2

Technical requirements

Keys: D major, A Major,

Time Signatures: C, 3/4, 6/8

Notes used: A A#/Bb B C C#/Db D D#/Eb E E#/F F#/Gb G G#/Ab
Range: G3-B5
Standard open strings are G3, D4, A4, E5.

Double stops: Simple (use at least one open string) – Duple (no open strings)

Rhythmic range: Semiquavers to Dotted Minums, including triplet quavers.

Key strokes

DetacheMarteleStaccatoLegatoSpiccato
SautilleRicochetString CrossingArtificial HarmonicsChords

Positions

FirstSecondThirdFourth
FifthSixthSeventhEighth
NinethTenthEleventhTwelth and above

Sheet Music

Link to IMSLP – Link to edited copy (Coming soon!).

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Czardas – Monti

Composed by Italian composor Vittorio Monti (1868-1922) in 1904, Csárdás was originally written for violin, mandolin or piano, and runs for about four and a half minutes. Written in seven different sections, it alternates tempo and occasionally key to add interest and excitement.

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Piece Details

Graded repertoire

ABRSMTrinityAMEBSassmanshaus (ViolinMasterClass.com)SuzukiRCMLCM
Grade 6Level 4Grade 8

Technical requirements

Keys: D minor, D Major

Time Signatures: 2/4, C

Notes used: A A#/Bb B C C#/Db D D#/Eb E F F#/Gb G G#/Ab
Range: G3-E6 (plus harmonics)
Standard open strings are G3, D4, A4, E5.

Double stops: Simple (use at least one open string) – Duple (no open strings)

Rhythmic range: Semiquavers to Minums (plus grace notes)

Key strokes

DetacheMarteleStaccatoSpiccatoLegato
SautilleRicochetString CrossingChordsArtificial Harmonics

Positions

FirstSecondThirdFourth
FifthSixthSeventhEighth
NinethTenthEleventhTwelth and above

Sheet Music

Link to IMSLP – Link to edited copy.

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