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Help!! Choosing piece for ABRSM performance dip
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Hiya, I'm currently preparing for my ARSM diploma, almost there! smile
I added up the timings for my pieces, and I have room for another short 4min-ish piece, Debussy seems to fit my programme quite well (Schumann fantasiestucke nos 1,2, Copland the cat and the mouse, Beethoven sonata no10 in g, and a Bach fugue). I have narrowed it down to two pieces: Rêverie and Arabesque 1, but I can't decide which.
Although a bit overplayed, the arabesque is such a pretty lyrical piece, but rêverie too is also gorgeous and tranquil. Both are within my playing ability.
Any opinions as to which of the two I should play, suggestions for pieces, and tips for choosing and playing? Also which publisher to buy the piece from.

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I suggest choosing the one you like best.

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Is the Reverie on the ARSM Diploma list? It certainly is well below what is normally considered diploma level. If it is on the list, then you should choose which of the two Debussy pieces you 1) like better and 2) play better. Really, the choice is up to you.

As for suggesting other pieces, the level of difficulty among the pieces you already have on your list could be representative of hundreds of pieces; the list would be too long to begin to formulate and making individual suggestions might not coincide with what you might like.

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If only I knew which I like the best. Neither are on the list, but ABRSM allows performers to play (I think it's) 10mins repertoire of their own choice. Thanks smile

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Originally Posted by izzazzi
If only I knew which I like the best. Neither are on the list, but ABRSM allows performers to play (I think it's) 10mins repertoire of their own choice. Thanks smile
Then you need to carefully check if playing pieces on the level of two you're considering could jeopardize passing the exam.

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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 Bruyères. I didn't really care for the other Debussy pieces on the syllabus, but I love Bruyères. 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 - Bruyères


Good luck, whatever you choose! To misquote the great detective Hercule Poirot, "my sympathy is with all who do the piano exams."


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It seems as if Arabesque #1 was on the ABRSM Grade 8 syllabus in 2005-2006. See this thread on another forum. You're probably okay, but I would hunt for a copy of that syllabus to bring with you to the exam just in case.


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Thanks very much for your advice, I've chosen the prelude and fugue in b flat major (book1). I wasn't aware that the pieces had to be grade 8 standard, I'll be sure to check this with my teacher in my next lesson. Although a friend of mine did play Clair de lune in her performance exam, and scored very well, so if I get confirmation from my teacher i shall work very hard to get the piece up to standard. Unfortunately still not figured out which to play frown

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Wow that must have taken some effort to find! Really appreciate it, thanks again! My teachers got shelves on shelves of books, hopefully I'll be able to find a copy in there for security.


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