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Topic: Maintaining a large repertoire  (Read 1025 times)

Offline alberlos

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Maintaining a large repertoire
on: January 16, 2022, 11:59:48 AM
Hi there!

I am a piano college student, and I am intending to maintain a large repertoire. I find myself lost so many times, wondering what to practice, and I end up losing time and procrastinating. My question is: How do you manage to maintain a large amount of pieces for a concert/competition/audition? I'm talking about an hour and a half of repertoire. Here are the pieces:

Mozart sonata in D major
Bach Keyboard Partita 2
Liszt Hungarian Rhapsody 12
Chopin Preludes 23, 24
two Debussy Preludes
Rachmaninov piano concerto 2

Some of them are worse, and some of them need to be relearnt. Obviously, I think I shouldn't practice all of them daily, I need to "cycle" them. But how long these cycles have to be? I find myself wondering that for a long time before I write anything on my practice notebook   ::) ::)

Any advice?

Thanks for reading!!

Offline antune

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Re: Maintaining a large repertoire
Reply #1 on: January 19, 2022, 12:00:11 AM

Any advice?

Thanks for reading!!

Hi there!

It will, of course, depend on how long you practice a day, but I suggest dividing your practice sessions into 3. For example, if you practice 6 hours a day (assuming you'd have a break about every hour), I suggest focusing for 2 hours on a piece, considering you are fresh, maybe more technical, and power required one. The following 2 hours for another piece, and the last two hours playing the rest of the repertoire slowly at least once, some of them for more. To keep them a little fresh, without damaging. In this way, you can focus intensely on two pieces every day and keep the rest warm. For me, this plan has worked quite well to maintain a large repertoire for concerts, exams, or competitions.
I hope it gives you some idea.

Good luck!
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