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next recital: theme or no theme? #969071 03/05/08 12:37 PM
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No, it's not time for Recital 10 yet, but I wanted to get some input from y'all. In the past we have occasionally had a theme for the recital (holiday music for the 11/15 recital, "love" for the 2/15 recital). We haven't had a theme for the past few recitals, mostly I guess because I procrastinated too much. laugh

But it occurred to me that if we were to have a theme, we should probably decide that now, just to give people plenty of advance warning in case it affects their choices of recital pieces to learn/practice.

So: what do you think? Theme or no theme? If you vote for theme, what theme would you nominate?

Just to clarify, even if we do pick a theme, contributors are not bound to adhere to it, and we usually get a big chunk, say 30-50%, of submissions that don't relate to the theme. So it wouldn't be a requirement.

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Re: next recital: theme or no theme? #969072 03/05/08 01:00 PM
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I like that idea. Since I started working on a movie theme for the next one already, what about movies/tv theme songs?

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If you call it Etudes by Charles Mayer, I'm all set.


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Re: next recital: theme or no theme? #969074 03/05/08 01:01 PM
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...For example, here's an idea for a possible theme:
"The Road Less Traveled" (we could also call it "Beyond the Comfort Zone" or "Getting Out of Your Rut"). In other words, people would prepare and submit a piece that is very different from their usual style, e.g., I could play something classical eek , AdagioM could submit "Flight of the Bumblebee," or dannylux could submit "Fur Elise" or some other well-known piece.

Re: next recital: theme or no theme? #969075 03/05/08 01:03 PM
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Hee hee... Mel and I cross-posted.

Hmmm... if we take all these ideas together, another possible theme that would likely have great appeal is "Pieces I was Already Working On." laugh

I kinda like the movie theme theme.

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Themes are good, but right now I find myself hoping to have an entry at all for the next recital. The piece that I am learning would fit quite well in a "romance" theme. This piece is a real stretch for my level, so I intend to give it all the time necessary to play it as well as you play yours, Monica. So, if a theme is chosen and I have to submit "Mary Had a Little Lamb", you'll know that I'm frying a big fish...at least in my eyes. I'm in that stage known as "the faster I go the behinder I get". laugh


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I was planning to submit a big bombastic (a change from my little quiet pieces) movie theme for the next recital, so "Movie Themes" or "Pieces I was already working on" or "The Road Less Travelled" would all work for me! "Romance"--not so much.


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Seems like no theme makes it easy for everyone. Just share whatever you have to offer.

Personally, I would enjoy a themed recital. However, in a themed approach, the majority vote might turn up to be something like "Broadway Musicals" or "Movie Themes," but if that's not your thing, it might discourage people from participating, working against the goal of trying to get everyone to contribute something.

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My opinion (FWIW): If you say "This-is-the Theme for the next recital, but if you don't like it or don't play that kind of music, submit whatever you want," you are essentially saying there is no theme.

Then again, I'm not submitting anything, so my vote needn't count.


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Re: next recital: theme or no theme? #969081 03/05/08 03:32 PM
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I guess I'll put in another plug for movie themes--it doesn't restrict style at all--could be classical, new age, rock, jazz, punk, pop--depending on the movie.

Should be optional tho.


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Good point, rustyfingers, but after reading IrishMak's post, I'm inclined to keep it neutral with no theme at all.

I do wish to commend Monica for her foresight and crystal-ball-gazing into what members may want in their recital.

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Re: next recital: theme or no theme? #969083 03/05/08 09:21 PM
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I mostly just wanted to get a sense as to whether people thought themes were something we should do on a regular basis. If we decide not to have themes, we can edit the software to leave out that part and nobody has to wonder about it for future recitals.

I'm neutral on the question myself; I've enjoyed the times we've had themes, but I also would hate to have any feature that might discourage people from participating.

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Love the theme idea. Nice twist for all the advanced "Beginners". laugh As for me, my theme will be " try not to suck so much". wink


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Originally posted by Monica K.:
...For example, here's an idea for a possible theme:
"The Road Less Traveled" (we could also call it "Beyond the Comfort Zone" or "Getting Out of Your Rut"). In other words, people would prepare and submit a piece that is very different from their usual style, e.g., I could play something classical eek , AdagioM could submit "Flight of the Bumblebee," or dannylux could submit "Fur Elise" or some other well-known piece.
eek eek eek laugh

I actually did this for a master class at Sonata last September. Not the Bumblebee, but the piece was marked "allegro energico" and it was definitely out of character for me!

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If there are themes on future recitals we'll be getting something like... half of the participants we usually have, just because the theme of the pieces they're working on don't match with the given one.


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I think all music should have a theme or motif -- so I have no problem with the term in that context (sometime my playing leaves the theme in doubt). But I also have no problem with the concept of an overall theme. But I don't want to do something that would discourage people from submitting something.

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I like themes. I don't think a theme will discourage participation on a large scale. Some people will not submit no matter what the circumstance. Some people will submit no matter what. It all balances out. Also, themes are good marketing. We are already discussing the recital and it is two months away.


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Pieces in Db major.

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I am for no theme.

I enjoy hearing "all kinds" of music at these recitals .

Some people may feel reluctant to participate in the recitals if they feel their song does not "fit in" with the theme.

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