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Topic: Medtner - Sonata Reminiscenza, Op. 38 and other works - advice for exam needed  (Read 2073 times)

Offline juliaalessandra

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I am ad the moment planning my programme for a piano exam in approx. 1 year. It has to consist of 32 - 38 minutes of playing (breaks excluded). I should show various styles and tempi and the programme has to be nice balanced, even though it isnīt necessary to play a work of every epoch. I would adore to at least include 1 major work of Medtner, as I am totally in love with his compositions. Also I think that the jury may be pleased to hear something unusual. Any experience with this piece or any alternatives that arenīt too challenging? I know that the sonata is musically very demanding but I am up for it.

The exam is like the ATCL or the DipARBSM/ALCM, it is a performance only diploma.(equivalent to the end of the first year at university or a conservatory) 
I would love to play for example:

- Medtner Sonata Reminiscenza as a major sonata
- Chopin etude 25/1 and 25/7
- Maybe Ravel a la maniere de Borodine (to have some impressionism as well)
- a classical piece of work

My major issue is that I almost only played romantic and impressionism. Maybe some of you has advice on a nice classical work? It shouldnīt be too long (not significantly above 8 minutes) as the Medtner is quite long.
Or could you suggest one of the shorter pieces of Medtner? It shouldnīt be too virtuosos though.

English is not my mother tongue so please be lenient. Thank you. :)

Currently studying:
- Chopin Op 25 No 12
- Beethoven 32 variations WoO 80
- Bach Partita No. 2

Offline nw746

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I don't think the Sonata-Reminiscenza goes much over 16 minutes usually?... You should have another 10-15 minutes to fit in a classical piece (maybe Beethoven Op. 78?)

For alternatives though, the G minor sonata is shorter (14-15 minutes) but also probably more difficult. Or could try No. 1 of the Sonata-Triad (in A flat) which is the easiest of the three and I like it a lot in general.
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