QUOTE(Viledin4u @ Feb 3 2012, 10:33 PM)
Hi, I'm a newbie. Returned to playing violin after a 30 year gap and considering sitting G5 at end of the year. Interested in which pieces other people are choosing.
I've not been overly enamoured by the G5 choices this time around. You might enjoy the Vivaldi, although it's not in the ABRSM book. However, the Corelli is the one I'm opting for with most pupils for list A, as it fits nicely with talking about the basics of harmonic direction, awareness of how the violin figurations fit with particular chords (especially dominant 7ths), and so on.
For List B, it's a mixture. Pastorale is musically self-explanatory, and a good opportunity to show off some vibrato, but the Reger (not in the book but available for download freely, as it's out of copyright) is more interesting.
List C: most people are choosing the Tango (I can't stand its real title, it's so naff and at the same time embarassing for/with twelve-year olds!), but persuaded one student to attack Fast And Slow, which certainly offers more opportunity to get under the skin of a non-classical sound world.
I don't want anyone doing the Greek piece for more than exploratory reasons, because there's absolutely no musical substance, an so I can't conceive of keeping motivated about the piece up to the exam. If I couldn't, I would be wrong to expect them to.