Hans Sitt Opus 32
Today I present you my first etude from Hans Sitt. He wrote 100 studies that come in five books. For now I’m only focusing on the first book of course. And in February I’ve been practicing etude 4 which is in Bb Major. I chose this etude because I was also practicing this scale. After playing the etude for the first time I was impressed with its beauty. I really enjoyed practicing the etude very much. And I think it could easily be called a violin solo piece instead of an etude because the melody is really beautiful.
Large part of the etude is almost like playing the scale, it goes up and down. But then in the middle there is part with staccato which I found really hard. The notes weren’t that easy and playing staccato is not something I’ve done a lot so far. It does make the piece interesting and I hope you like my staccato. I would have wanted to add more vibrato. I wanted to add vibrato to all dotted quarter notes, but it’s to hard still. My hand gets tired too fast and I would have to practice it much more. So for now, without vibrato.
Since I loved this violin etude so much, I chose to use this one for my violin progress video for 9 months. It gives a good idea of what I’ve learned so far because this etude has all this: slurs, staccato, whole bow use, vibrato, 2 flats, low 1, low 2, low 4, intonation challenge, dynamics,…
My recording of Etude 4 by Hans Sitt
Sheet music for Opus 32 can be found here.