Violin Sonata A major op. 47 (Kreutzer-Sonata)
Editor: Sieghard Brandenburg
Fingering: Hans-Martin Theopold
Fingering and bowing for Violin: Max Rostal
Urtext Edition, paperbound
with marked and unmarked string parts
Pages: 83 (51, 16, 16), Size 23,5 x 31,0 cm
Order no. HN 714 · ISMN M-2018-0714-0
Level of difficulty (Violin): difficult (Level 7)
This newly released single volume of Beethoven, previously available from the publisher only in larger collection, live up to the high standards one expects from G. Henle Verlag. The generous size and spacious format, the high-quality presentation, the careful editing with explanatory footnotes and the attention to detail: all are in abundance, and now made more easily accessible via this single-volume edition. ... Beautifully conceived and a delight to play from, this is a timely arrival to the pianists' Urtext library.
The levels of difficulty of the
music for violin published by G. Henle Publishers
The levels of difficulty of the violin music published by G. Henle Publishers
|1||easy||Beethoven, 6 German Dances WoO 42
|2||Beethoven, Rondo G major WoO 41
|3||Mozart, Violin Sonata F major KV 547
|4||medium||Haydn, Violin Concerto A major Hob. VIIa:3
|5||Bach, Violin Concerto a minor BWV 1041
|6||Brahms, Violin Sonata G major op. 78
|7||difficult||Paganini, No. 9 from Capricci op. 1
|8||Beethoven, Violin Concerto D major op. 61
|9||Berg, Violin Concerto
I have assigned all of the violin music in G. Henle Publishers' catalogue a level of difficulty, ranging from "very easy" to "very difficult". The model for this was the evaluation system with nine levels developed for Henle's piano catalogue by Rolf Koenen. Unlike the works for solo piano, I have decided against evaluations that lie between two levels (e.g. 4/5 or 7/8).
This kind of attempt will always be "relative" to some degree. While the work remains the work, what is relative is the technical and musical ability of the player. Let us take a look at Mozart, for example, from the perspective of an Arthur Grumiaux and from that of a very young pupil. It is clear to whom my levels of difficulty are addressed: to the pupils or their teacher. I have, of course, always endeavoured to objectively assess the purely technical level of difficulty. But everything "between the lines" is, of course, left up to the judgement of each individual musician. Depending on our abilities, we perceive the "difficulty" of a work for violin differently, yet with the same conviction.
At the start, categorizing violin literature into levels of difficulty from 1 to 9 seemed to carry a certain risk as well as being unknown territory, yet I have now gained a deep insight into all of the works for violin in G. Henle Publishers' catalogue.
Ernst Schliephake © 2013