pianoloverus is correct. We are allowed up to 10 minutes of "own choice" repertoire for ARSM, with the guidance that it must be at Grade 8 standard or higher.
I am preparing for ARSM as well, and have selected Debussy's BruyÃ¨res
. I didn't really care for the other Debussy pieces on the syllabus, but I love BruyÃ¨res
. It is my only "own choice" piece, and is about three minutes long. Also, it has been on Grade 8 syllabi for multiple boards over the years, so it meets the difficulty requirement.
I also love Debussy's first Arabesque, but I'm not sure it's at the Grade 8 level. (Disclaimer: these difficulty levels are somewhat arbitrary, and if I were the examiner I would accept it as an ARSM piece but would expect a very high level of performance.) If you can find an old syllabus with that Arabesque listed at Grade 8 then you'll be fine (bring a printout to the exam). Otherwise, you might want to choose something else.
Which Bach fugue have you chosen?
FWIW, my ARSM program is as follows:
- J. S. Bach - Prelude and Fugue in F minor from WTC I, BWV 857
- Beethoven - Piano Sonata No. 9 in E, Op. 14 No. 1
- Chopin - Mazurka in C# minor, Op.50 No.3
- Debussy - BruyÃ¨res
Good luck, whatever you choose! To misquote the great detective Hercule Poirot, "my sympathy is with all who do the piano exams."