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Offline xenon

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Repertoire 2004 Suggestions
on: June 10, 2004, 01:59:48 AM
Hi all.  I am about to start new repertoire for the new year.  This will most likely be used for my ARCT Exam with the RCM.  The pieces are catagorized into several different lists.  Here are some of my ideas.  I would appreciate it if I could get some feedback concerning my selections.

List A - English Suite No 3 - Bach
List B - Undecided, see below
List C - Rhapsody Op 79 No 2 in g minor - Brahms
List D - Toccata - Poulenc
List E - Nocturne - Barber
Etude - Etude 12 Pour Les Accords - Debussy

I am fairly resolute about List A.  For the exam, I will most likely be playing the Prelude, Sarabande, and Gigue.

As for List B, my teacher gave me some choices.  They are (all Beethoven) Op 10 No 3, Op 81a "Les Adieux", and Op 109.  I am leaning towards Op 10 No 3.  I seem to favour Beethoven's youthful sonatas ;).  It seems to be the most "significant".  It is in D+ (meh) but in the first mvt, it modulates to a minor key within the first page (w00t).  The second mvt is in a minor key and is gorgeous.  As for Les Adieux, I heard that one too many times.  I can't see myself playing that for an ARCT exam.  As for Op 109, that one seems too insignificant.  It is shorter (page-wise).  I also seems too tame for my liking :p.  Any suggestions?

As for List C, I am fairly certain, though not too sure.  It doesn't seem that "significant".  I was able to sightread it decently, and that is bringing doubts to me.  It sounds great, a truly amazing piece, but at only 6'45" (if played slowly)?  Seems a tad short.  Any suggestions?

For List D and E, I am sure I will stick to those.  They seem to contrast nicely.  I don't want to be stuck with too much fast-paced high-action repertoire like last year ;).

The Etude seems like a good choice.  I do not want to do another Chopin Etude, seem's too..."mainstream".  I played a really fast one last year (Chopin Op 10 No 12), and this one (The Chords Study) seems like a good difference.  It sounds great, with chords all over the place, modulating in almost every bar (or seems to, probably just a sequence).

Any thoughts or suggestions to this lineup?  Your input is greatly appreciated.

Regards,

Xenon
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-Xenon

JK

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Re: Repertoire 2004 Suggestions
Reply #1 on: June 10, 2004, 02:11:45 AM
I would recommend op.109, that's the one in E right? I think this would be a great piece to do, it has a dramatic first movement and an absolutely wonderful theme and varitions, I would certainly listen to it and see what you think! As for the Brahms you could always try the other rhapsodie under the same opus (F#m I think!), this is harder and longer. As for list D and the Etude I might comment that you have two pieces by French composers, not a bad thing I must add! You could try an Etude by Scriabin, there's a superb one in C#minor, opus 42 no.5 which i think you should look at!

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Re: Repertoire 2004 Suggestions
Reply #2 on: June 10, 2004, 02:19:15 AM
Thanks a lot for your response, JK, I will definatly take them into consideration.  I'll go to the music library and check out some recordings.

Thanks,

Xenon
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Re: Repertoire 2004 Suggestions
Reply #3 on: June 11, 2004, 02:41:41 AM
While at the library see if you can get some recordings of the Prokofiev etudes! You may find something better than your Debussy.

Good luck!  ;D

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Re: Repertoire 2004 Suggestions
Reply #4 on: June 11, 2004, 11:37:59 AM
They are all great pieces. If you think Op 79#2 is too short, look at #1. Also look at the Rhapsody op 119#4 (I think).
Beethoven opus 109 is not insignificant at all. Op10#3 is a great piece too.
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