Cello Graduation Pieces/Levels

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Cherie said: Jul 2, 2009
Cherie Larson
Suzuki Association Member
Viola, Violin
6 posts

At this point in time, our programme is using the following Graduation Levels/Pieces for Cello. Does someone out there have experience/ success/ideas on something that would be better? The Allegro Appassionato does not really work for group cello for graduation at all!
Our violin levels follow what Japan had in the 70’s: Gossec Gavotte, Bach Bourree, Vivaldi g minor concerto, Bach a minor concerto, Veracini Sonata and then Mozart. Our cello levels are: Bach Minuet, Breval Sonata, Danse Rustique, Eccles, the troublesome Allegro Appassionato and then Haydn. Thanks for any help!

Jennifer Visick said: Jul 3, 2009
Jennifer VisickForum Moderator
Suzuki Association Member
Viola, Suzuki in the Schools, Violin
998 posts

do you have so many people graduating at that level that you can’t do solos for that piece?

Cherie said: Jul 3, 2009
Cherie Larson
Suzuki Association Member
Viola, Violin
6 posts

Yes, that is correct….I (we) find that Saint-Saens should be played only with one person but yes, even two cellists—it does not put the students in the best of lights or the piece. I suppose having 6 cello teachers teaching in our programme might have something to do with it. But is there a piece at approximately that level…..that people have tried successfully in group performance/as a graduation level piece?

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