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Hi everyone!
I'm in the process of preparing for my Senior recital and was just looking for any input on the selection of works and the order in which I plan to perform them. It is as follows as of now.
Beethoven: Piano Sonata Op.26
Chopin: Etude Op.25 No.10
Intermission
Schumann: Arabeske Op.18
Brahms: Piano Sonata Op.2
Hope to hear some thoughts, thanks!

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I love the pieces and love the program, but I'd tweak that order. The main thing that strikes me the wrong way is following that Beethoven sonata with the Chopin Octave Etude. I think the etude "tramples on" the sonata, especially considering how the sonata ends. I think it ruins the mood that was (hopefully) established, and I think the ordering seems almost like it shows a lack of appreciation for what the sonata is. But of course that's subjective, and I'm sure a lot of people would think that order is fine.

As a lesser concern, I wouldn't start the program with the sonata. The feeling is maybe ironic on my part, because back in the day (I'd admit that this was for the Beethoven bicentennial but I'd be sort of admitting my age) grin my college did a Beethoven sonata cycle, and they led off the series with that piece (played by me, no less). ha
But while I think it's a great piece to begin a sonata cycle, in general I think it's not best to begin a usual kind of recital with such a relatively long piece. That's another thing where I know that lots of people would think it's totally fine to keep it as you have it, but I think it's usually best to "ease" the audience into the program with something shorter. Of course you could say "but the sonata is 4 short movements," but still. The audience doesn't get to applaud or to stretch that much in between them. smile

And for just about the same reason, I think it's best for most of us also -- us as performers -- to start with something shorter. But on this part of it, obviously all I can really speak for is myself. I'm just guessing about others.

Putting that all together, here's how I'd order those pieces:

Schumann: Arabeske Op.18
Beethoven: Piano Sonata Op.26

Intermission

Chopin: Etude Op.25 No.10
Brahms: Piano Sonata Op.2

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I think Mark's suggestions are great!

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I agree with Mark / Mark.

Is there an echo in here?


However, to me the program seems too heavily "Romantic." I would want something Baroque or Modern to "cleanse the palate" somewhere along the way.

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Group a few other etudes along with the one you are already playing.


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Originally Posted by Polyphonist
Group a few other etudes along with the one you are already playing.
I agree.

A single etude or any single short piece by one composer is not ideal in terms of "making sense"(just my personal preference). Or play another short piece or two by Chopin if no other etudes are available.

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Here's another one in agreement with most of Mark's suggestions! For me, the Beethoven + Schumann in one half and Brahms + Chopin in the other works better. Not entirely sure if I'd prefer doing the Schumann before Beethoven though, perhaps better the other way around.

Do you have any particular requirements for the recital? That could be good to know, if you want other suggestions for repertoire.

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Hi everyone, thanks for the great advice, I agree the Etude does sort of steamroll over the peaceful ending of the Beethoven sonata. In terms of repertoire this is set in stone considering the recital is a week from today.
I chose most of this repertoire based on my auditions for Grad school, I also played a Rzewski and Bach piece for the auditions but I had used them in my Junior recital last spring and didn't want to recycle them. I learned the Schumann the last few weeks to fill in the time I needed. There were no repertoire requirements for the recital.



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And adding to what I just said I will be attending Longy School of Music in Boston for my Masters!



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Originally Posted by bplary1300
And adding to what I just said I will be attending Longy School of Music in Boston for my Masters!

In that case you might have a chance to run into a few of us at the Boston amateur competition, which often is held there.

(The probable next time for that competition is around June 2015.)

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....In terms of repertoire this is set in stone

That's what I assumed, and it's why I didn't suggest any different pieces.

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Ooh, I like the idea of the Arabesque first. A lovely tone setter and a great segue into the Beethoven.


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