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Hi.

Just a bit of background information to give my question some context. Ever since I did by ABRSM grade 8 almost a decade ago, I started learning a few pieces on my own. I have since managed to learn them reasonably well but not yet polished to performance level.

Recently I've been considering taking a piano diploma exam since the pieces I've be learning on my own are also from the syllabus. I would also like to push my playing to the next level and achieve something in the process. I don't have a teacher at the moment but will get one soon.

I need some opinions on my proposed diploma recital repertoire because I'm not sure if this is considered a balanced programme.

1. Brahms Intermezzo #2 op.118.
2. Bach WTC Prelude and Fugue in E BWV.878.
3. Schubert Impromptu #3 in Gb op.90.
4. Beethoven Sonata op.13 Pathetique.


Other pieces I have are Brahms Romance in F op.118 no.5 and I'm working through Rachmaninoff Prelude op.32 no.12 at the moment.

I would greatly appreciate any thoughts and comments you fine folks may have regarding my proposed programme. Thank you.

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It seems OK to me, though I personally would have played a later, more abrasive/spiky piece than the Brahms or Schubert. (But you should choose the pieces which you're most comfortable with.)
Maybe the Rachmaninov would be more in keeping with the guidance (this is from ABRSM)?

In your choice of repertoire, you should aim to present a generalist programme that offers a wide-ranging yet coherent mixture of periods, style, mood and tempo, with no more than one work by any single composer (except for vocal items or where a combination of movements or pieces from a composer’s collection is indicated in the prescribed lists). You should be able to demonstrate musical technique and perception at a level worthy of public performance and appreciation.

BTW, I did my diploma many, many decades ago, and I can't remember exactly which pieces I played for it. I learnt many pieces ranging from Bach to Bartók with my last teacher over two years before deciding, with his guidance, which ones I would play for the diploma.


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Thanks for the reply Bennevis. My main concern was that the Brahms and the Schubert may be too similar to each other. I'll take your advice about adding something more percussive. Something by Bartok perhaps?

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Originally Posted by chronos1701
I'll take your advice about adding something more percussive. Something by Bartok perhaps?
Only if you like his music - but don't play any piece you don't like.

Don't forget there's other music quite different in style from your other chosen pieces, like Debussy, Prokofiev, Stravinsky, even Gershwin.


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