Franz Wohlfahrt Etude 11 in Eb Major

Wohlfahrt Etude 11 in Eb Major

Wohlfahrt Opus 45 - Violin EtudesToday I wanted to share my recording of this great etude from Franz Wohlfahrt Opus 45. I think it’s my last recording for this month. I did eight recordings this month which I think is more than sufficient! :-) As I told you in the beginning of this month when I was writing about my violin goals, I’ve been practicing all scales with up to four flats or sharps. And this etude was great to get used to playing three flats. Here is a link to the Eb Major scale in one octave. Of course, I’ve also been using the book by Fabrizzio Ferrari to further practice this scale with the corresponding minor scales and arpeggios.

To my surprise playing in the key of Eb Major was not extremely hard. Of course the A flat was a challenge at first, but it was easier than learning to play the Bb Major scale, which I did last month. I think that is because by now I’m already used to playing flats. And I’m really trying to always pay attention to not play the regular notes flat, because that’s the risk of course. But I guess it’s not happening too often. Well, I hope you agree after watching my recording…

So, I hope you enjoyed my recording. I’m sure the actual speed should be much faster, since the entire etude consists of triplets of sixteenth notes and the tempo indication is Moderato. So I think it should be about played twice as fast or faster but this is the fastest I could play it without having scratchy sounds or lots of mistakes.

7 thoughts on “Wohlfahrt Op 45 #11: Beginner violin etude

  1. Hi Mariko, you did really well with this etude. Don’t worry about the tempo so much – you will get it with time. I remember that my teacher forced me for quite a long time to play faster during my first year, but then it suddenly clicked and now I am quite satisfied with my tempo. When I were playing Gavotte in D from Suzuki book 3 in September I were so slow that I couldn’t make any trill (even mordent was very hard) and now there are many trills in Vivaldi concerto that I play and it sounds really Ok. Everyone gets it with practice.
    I hope you are doing well. I am waiting for your 10 months progress video :)

    1. Thanks Emma :-) Yesterday I watched some of my recordings from 5 months ago and I played really really slow. I can play much faster already so I indeed as you say, it comes with time and practice. I’m glad you progressed with your trills too ;-)

      Yes, I’m fine thanks. Hope you’re too! Oh and I’m very excited about my 10 months progress video. The 3rd of April I will be playing 10 months so that gives me two more days to work on a couple of details that I still want to improve…! Sunday I’ll be uploading my progress video. Thanks for your support! :-)

      By the way, did you get your new solo piece now?

  2. I don’t have many recordings of me playing violin (I have several audio recordings on tablet, but most of them were on my telephone, which broke unfortunatelly), but I sometimes take older pieces and play them. I really like to come back to Minuet by Bethoveen (which I played, when I played violin for 9 months), Martini Gavotte (I have played it before Bethoveen Minuet), Gossec Gavotte (it’s a good piece to come back and apply your stacato in first section, fluid wrist in second secion, dynamics and all other techniques – according to RCM syllabus this piece is at simmilar level as beginning Suzuki 3 pieces) and some others from my polish books.
    I wish you good luck with polishing details of your piece for 10 months progress video. I’ve seen your goals for next month, but I’ll be writing something more under your other video.
    I were given two easier shorter pieces to work on some more basic concepts with my teacher. First one is tarantella by Levi -https://youtu.be/_ypyJ8BiiLM . I need to say it’s quite easy for me (except of the chord at the very end – 3 D’s that need to be perfectly in tune). Second one is Clowns by Kabalevsky -https://youtu.be/oL_VxNr65BU (it’s the recording of one of my teacher’s former students). I need to say i really like this piece since I really like Kabalevsky music, but I know many people just simply don’t catch Kabalevsky style (try to listen to his violin concerto in c major). This piece involves lots of chromatic changes and bowing in my version is quite strange. This piece is playable entirely in 1st possition. As it comes to the third one I can chose between two pieces – Polonez by Popławski -https://youtu.be/IVuZCHWXfyc (very nice polish dance by polish composer) and Baklanova Variations https://youtu.be/KQea8HPXNew (varations on Russian theme by russian composer). Now I don’t know which piece to chose – the first one covers smaller variety of techniques and is much shorter then Variations, but suits me more musically. I think doing the second piece will take me much more practice, but it will help me to work on vibrato and bowing. I think I would rather finish or not do the first two easier pieces and do both of the pieces that I can pick from. I don’t like making such repertoire decisions. Maybe you can suggest me what to do :)

    1. I’m so happy with these links you send me. I didn’t know any of these pieces and they sound beautiful! :-) Honestly, I don’t know much violin repertoire, mostly I know Bach, Beethoven, Paganini, Vivaldi, Tchaikovsky and that’s about it. So, it’s really nice to discover all these beautiful violin pieces! Do you have a list of Polish and Russian violin composers? I seem to really like their music…
      Now about your repertoire question, if I were you I would choose the larger piece: Baklanova Variations. So you could work on it with the help of your teacher. And then the other piece Polonez by Popławski, why don’t you practice it on your own this summer? I suppose you won’t have violin classes in the summertime? But then at least you have a nice piece to work on, one that you really like and that isn’t too hard to practice on your own. What do you think?

      1. I didn’t know most of them either. My teacher gave me them from a russian book Junyj Skripacz part 2 (юный скрипач). Most pieces that I played this year, including my concerto came from this book. As it comes to looking for a new repertoire I look through several pages like this http://www.wps.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk/Essential_Violin_Pieces.htm and this http://www.wps.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk/Violin_Concertinos.htm , Violin RCM sylabus and some polish pages like this http://smyczkowo.pl/baza-utworow-lista-o-wzrastajacym-st-trudnosci-skrzypce-t17384.html . Then I listen to recordings on youtube and then I try to get the sheet music.
        Unfortunatelly I don’t have any specific list with Polish and Russian composers.
        As it comes to your answer, I wasn’t thinking about this problem is such a way. I have several more days to decide what to do (till Wednesday), so I will sightread both pieces and then decide what to do next. I have played through most of the 1st section of Polonez (it’s in the form ABA) and first and second variation of Baklanova piece and I need to admit that it involves a lot of passage and scale work (especially in second and third variation). It has also some strange bowings and lots of double stops and chords in the finale. It’s a thing worth investing my practice time, but I don’t know if I will be able to finish it in two months time (what’s more I am having matura exams in May). We will see with time what I will be able to achieve in such period of time.

  3. http://youtu.be/zJHCiIJMyJk. This should take you to 7th chord progressions on you tube. It goes around the circle fifths starting on B. I hope you can find it. You have helped me so much with all the links. I’m anxious to try the new exercises you posted.

    1. The links are very helpful indeed. I watched the video on YouTube about 7 chord practice. I love to play arpeggios. They sound gorgeous and they help with intonation. Definitely something good to practice. Thanks for the video! :-)

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