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Offline sethino

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College Auditons
on: October 09, 2022, 05:14:14 PM
I am planning on auditioning for GGS and Juillard this year and need some help finding pieces that will make an impression.
Here are my plans so far:

Bach- Prelude and Fugue No. 7 in E-Flat Major Bwv 852
Beethoven- Sonata No 17. (The Tempest) Op. 31 No.2
I need help with this one:
A substantial composition by Chopin, Schumann, Brahms, Liszt, or Mendelssohn. Etudes, nocturnes, short dances, waltzes, or comparable pieces are not acceptable. *No individual movements or partial works are permitted in this category.

Chopin- Etude Op. 10 No.1

A substantial work, or a collection of shorter works, of the applicant’s choice, which is in a different style and by a composer not listed in the previous requirements, and no fewer than six minutes in length.

I was thinking to play two pieces by Yiruma
River Flows in You
Let me know what you think, and if there is anything I should change to make a stronger performance
Thank you,

Seth Friesen
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Re: College Auditons
Reply #1 on: October 09, 2022, 07:43:05 PM
Doesn't it say that short pieces, like etudes, are not OK for the Chopin,Brahms, Schumann, Liszt, Mendelssohn part of the audition? I'd guess that for Chopin they are looking for a Ballade or Scherzo. Maybe for Brahms the Opus 11 Scherzo would fit.

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Re: College Auditons
Reply #2 on: October 09, 2022, 11:24:23 PM
The Chopin Op 10 No. 1 does not fit the requirements you described, IMO.  As brogers70 said above, pieces more in the scale of one of the Ballades or Scherzos.  To those, can be added the Fantaisie Op. 49, Polonaise Op. 44, Polonaise-Fantaisie Op. 61.

Liszt Sonata in B minor.  I'm aware it's a big piece, but you are auditioning at Juilliard after all, so you will be competing against many impressive candidates. 

The Beethoven Tempest has been in fashion as a competition and audition piece for many years now.  It is very likely many other candidates will be choosing this as well.  You will have to decide if this is the right repertoire decision for you.  If you deliver a solid commanding interpretation, you could stand out from the rest.  The risk is that if your performance is similar to other candidates, it won't stand out as being memorable to the jury.  Repertoire fatigue is a real thing with juries.

For the own choice work, considering they are asking for either a substantial work or a collection of smaller works, I think they are looking for something at a comparable difficulty level to the rest of the program.  Here is your chance to be creative.  The rest of the requirements ask for mostly conservative commonly played repertoire.  It's your chance to present a lesser known composer.  Show your strengths that were not  presented in the other material. 

Made a Liszt. Need new Handel's for Soler panel & Alkan foil. Will Faure Stein on the way to pick up Mendels' sohn. Josquin get Wolfgangs Schu with Clara. Gone Chopin, I'll be Bach

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