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Hello again Violin Lab, 
What are your favourite pieces? Because I'm gonna share a couple things because I feel like it :)

So, I would probably call these my favourite violin pieces as I love listening to them and they are in fact my biggest motivations to learn and continue to develop and improve my violin playing.
Oh yeah, and if possible, TELL ME WHERE I COULD FIND THE SHEETS!!!
Don't worry about the second and fourth videos, as I already have those ones. But I would love to have the others as I never have had much luck finding them... :(

Frédéric Chopin - Nocturne in C sharp minor (arranged for violin by Milstein)

Well, this is hands down my favourite piece for violin. No doubt about it.
I've watched several performances on YouTube, and I found that this one (performed on the violin by Anna Tifu) was the on that REALLY stuck out to me; my favourite.
I remember originally hearing this in the newer version of the film, "Karate Kid" and I loved it as soon as I heard it. It was only within the last week or so that I've looked for it again and I think that it was this time that it became my favourite.

Doesn't help that I'm a sucker for pieces in minor keys lol.

Yann Tiersen - Sur le fil

Well this is my "old favourite violin piece" lol, but I still really enjoy it. Even though I only know three of his piano pieces and this one violin piece, Yann Tiersen has probably become one of my favourite composers (along with Debussy and Chopin for piano reasons).
At first I was "on the wire" about liking it lol. Too be honest, I wasn't a huge fan of this violin piece (because it sounds quite different from the piano version!) but after a few times listens, I really really liked it. It's almost as if I felt some sort of connection with it (as I do with the other two pieces Im posting). It's also pretty intense lol.

John Williams - The Chairman's Waltz

I don't remember when I first heard this piece, but it's one I've known for several years now. Before I started playing instruments, it was one of the only instrumental songs I liked.
Now that I play instruments, listening to music without a voice, and even music in general, has completely changed. I appreciate it so much more now. And when I heard this piece after all that time, I couldn't help but fall in love with it. 
I don't remember anything from the movie, I just know that I like this song lol.
And to top it off, it doesn't sound that difficult. This is one I would probably play right now if I had the notes. Or I suppose I could try by ear which wouldn't be too hard if I sat down and tried. But I think I still prefer sheets.
Anyways, it's another one of my favourites.

Swallow Tail Jig - I don't know lol

Well, this is another one of my favourites - I love playing it in our school's fiddle class! Although, we don't play the whole intro and other parts, we mainly just play the chorus, but still. 
One I've always like since I've heard, and as you may have guessed, its in a minor key lol so I think that has a lot to do with it.
I just find that this is one song that will always make me happy and is just so amazing to me - everything about it.

Well, that's all I'm gonna share today. Hope you guys enjoyed these (awesome/amazing/wonderful/spectacular, etc.) pieces as much as I do.

Don't be scared to share your favourites - I feel it's important to hear different kinds of music out there as to broaden our own interests. See ya!

12 Responses
Posted: September 26, 2011
Last Comment: October 2, 2011

Posted: October 2, 2011
Tomi, that's just lovely !

It DEFINITELY needs a violin accompaniment !   I'll have to bookmark that and see if I can come up with a violin part for that...hhmmm...

Posted: October 1, 2011
Ok, I have to share one more.

Best version of greensleeves, ever!

This is actually THE piece that made me want to play music...and the first song I've been able to play. Still makes me want to play piano when I listen to it :)

Posted: October 1, 2011

I like the whole orchestral score in this...but you guys like piano.

Posted: September 30, 2011
This is one of my favorite pieces of music and I've shared it here before.  I hope someday to find the sheet music for this version, but....not holding my breath on that.  It's called Jerusalem of Gold and the violinist in this video is Maurice Sklar.

Posted: September 29, 2011
Just going to share one for now... Faure: Apres Une Reve.

I first came across this with Nicola Benedetti playing:

but I think I like this Janine Jansen better: 

Hope you enjoy too!


Posted: September 28, 2011
Jojo - Thanks a lot! I'm not sure if I will buy it right aways (as I plan to improve A LOT before even attempting that) but I'm happy I know where to get it.

Shelly - No problem! I know that I really enjoy it when other people poste videos to listen to, so I thought I'd share a couple of my favourites. And yes, Nocturne is that amazing.

Eileen - You really should try and encourage him to try play it with you lol. Yesterday, my music teacher (coincidentally!) wanted me to learn Nocturne so now I suppose I'm learning it on piano as well. 

Posted: September 28, 2011
My son used to play Nocturne on the piano....I'm certainly not an advanced player, but I wonder if I could get him to play that with me someday.   He's a talented pianist....too bad he gave it up...  <:-((

As well...thanks Jo for the link ! 

Shelly ~ South Carolina
Posted: September 28, 2011
Sean - thanks for all the beautiful music to listen to!  What amazing pieces!  Especially that Nocturne - I am hooked on that now!  :-)

Jojo - awesome site for getting music.  NICE!! 

Posted: September 27, 2011
Hi Sean, here is the link where you can buy the sheet music for the Transcription by Milstein of Nocturn in Csharp Minor......I started learning this piece 3 years ago then left it half way, I should return to it really as it's sooooo beautiful!!! also now I'd probably understand it a play it a bit better too LOL (though still not really well ;))

Posted: September 27, 2011
I suppose I'll just have to go back to using links... :(

Haha yeah, those two piano pieces are two of the three I know by him.
Comptine d'un autre été: l'après-midi has got to be one of my favourite piano pieces to play. I haven't exactly tried to learn la valse or Sur le fil, but I plan to quite soon.

I was actually thinking about posting a video of me playing Comptine on YouTube. I just need to figure out how to plug in my Korg digital piano into my computer to get a better recording quality lol.

And that song, Tunnel of the Wind, is really great! Being a pianist and violinist, I really appreciate both instruments. A really great song. Thanks for sharing it.

Posted: September 27, 2011
No idea why embedding didn't work for you but another way to make videos to be behind one click is to make links of them.

Paste your link. Then highlight it and press the "link" button. Then paste your link again to the link box. That way your urls will become clickable links.

I also like Yann Tiersen's piano pieces. These two are my top favourite of his:

La Valse d'Amelie

And my absolute favourite: Comptine d'un autere été : l'aprës-midi

I started learning this piece with piano at the time I started taking violin seriously. Too bad. I'd love to be able to play that. But there's just not enough time for a "family man" to learn two instruments.

About violin favourites, I have plenty. I already listed some of them on some other thread, which I don't remember right now. Here's one that I like to listen at the moment, and WILL LEARN SOME DAY! 

Another piece I just can't get enough of is Tchaikovsky's Violin concerto. That, most likely, I will never be able to play :)
This friday Ray Chen is performing this concerto here in my city, but damn! I can't fit it to my schedule :(

Posted: September 26, 2011
P.S. - Could somebody tell me how to put videos ON the message?? I tried embedding them from YouTube but, apparently, it didn't work. I didn't want anyone to have to copy and paste the links as videos ON the page are only one click away and much more convenient.