Oskar Rieding - playing a concerto can be easy!
Together with Ferdinand Küchler, Oskar Rieding is considered the ‘father’ of the easy student violin concertos.
Oskar Rieding was born in Stettin (North Germany, today Szeczin, Poland) in 1840. Music schools and conservatories were opening in Europe so young Rieding was one of the first students to attend the newly opened Academy of Musical Arts in Berlin. He later continued his studies at the renowned Leipzig Conservatory.
Birth of the easy violin concerto
What makes these easy violin concertos special?
- Technical and musical skills in each concerto are adjusted to the grade level.
- With each new concerto students learn new left and right hand technique.
- Phrasing - When studying the concertos, the student is introduced to a 'phrase'. They learn how to play the phrase 'in one breath', where to take a 'breath' and how to play when the phrase comes to an end.
- Music form - All student concertos are written in the traditional music forms, whether it is a sonata form, Rondo or just a simple A B A form. Playing the easy concertos is a great way to introduce the student to the variety of music forms.
- Builds self-confidence The word 'concerto' does sound serious. When I give my student his/her first concerto, the immediate question I get is: 'Really, I can play a concerto? Am I that good already?' Yes, the many reasons practicing the easy concertos benefit the young musician are the ones that when mastered boost the players self-confidence. Mastering a music piece of 7-8 minutes demands a higher set of technical and musical skills. The student knows he/she has accomplished something that not everybody can.
Here are a number of Rieding concertos every aspiring young violin student should play. Most of the concertos are available to playalong with Max’s Virtual Orchestra!
Concerto in D major for violin and orchestra Op.25
Concertino in G for violin and orchestra Op.24
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What is your next Rieding concerto?