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Posted By: Sam S Ideas for future themed recitals - 2022? - 07/16/21 12:18 AM
It's that time of year again - time to decide what themed recitals we will have in 2022. This year we had the quarterly recitals in February, May, August, and November, and the themed recitals the month before, in January, April, July, and October. I think that worked very well, and we had good participation. The quarterlies have about 50 submissions, the themed average around 40.

Here is the history of all the themed recitals we have had:

Grieg Sept 2013
Joplin March 2014
Tchaikovsky April 2014
Schumann March 2015
Great American Songbook Sept 2015
Baroque April 2016
Russian Oct 2016
French April 2017
Spanish Latin American Sept 2017
The Waltz March 2018
Debussy June 2018
Slavic Oct 2018
Nordic Oct 2019
Preludes Jan 2020
Beethoven 250th April 2020
Scarlatti July 2020
Rare Gems October 2020
Female Composers January 2021
Piano Transcriptions April 2021
Great American Songbook July 2021
and still to come
Beginner Pieces October 2021

So I would like to open the discussion and voting for themed recitals in 2022. There is no reason why we cannot revisit some themes from the past, or come up with something new. To vote, copy the post after this one and add your favorite theme or increment the number of votes if your favorite is already there.

Sam
Posted By: Sam S Re: Ideas for future themed recitals - 2022? - 07/16/21 12:22 AM
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1 - Mendelssohn (lots of Songs Without Words at all levels)
1 - Grieg (lots of Lyric Pieces at all levels)
1 - Schumann (lots of short character pieces at all levels)
1 - "Modern" 20th and 21st century music

Sam
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2 - Mendelssohn (lots of Songs Without Words at all levels)
1 - Grieg (lots of Lyric Pieces at all levels)
1 - Schumann (lots of short character pieces at all levels)
1 - "Modern" 20th and 21st century music

Sam
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2 - Mendelssohn (lots of Songs Without Words at all levels)
1 - Grieg (lots of Lyric Pieces at all levels)
1 - Schumann (lots of short character pieces at all levels)
2 - "Modern" 20th and 21st century music
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2 - Mendelssohn (lots of Songs Without Words at all levels)
1 - Grieg (lots of Lyric Pieces at all levels)
1 - Schumann (lots of short character pieces at all levels)
3 - "Modern" 20th and 21st century music
1 - Theme and Variations
Posted By: KevinM Re: Ideas for future themed recitals - 2022? - 07/16/21 06:56 AM
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3 - Mendelssohn (lots of Songs Without Words at all levels)
2 - Grieg (lots of Lyric Pieces at all levels)
2 - Schumann (lots of short character pieces at all levels)
3 - "Modern" 20th and 21st century music
1 - Theme and Variations
1 - Composers of Colour

PianogrlNW - Could you please expand on what you mean by Theme and Variations?
Posted By: Beemer Re: Ideas for future themed recitals - 2022? - 07/16/21 08:26 AM
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3 - Mendelssohn (lots of Songs Without Words at all levels)
2 - Grieg (lots of Lyric Pieces at all levels)
2 - Schumann (lots of short character pieces at all levels)
3 - "Modern" 20th and 21st century music
1 - Theme and Variations
1 - Composers of Colour
1 - Nocturnes
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3 - Mendelssohn (lots of Songs Without Words at all levels)
2 - Grieg (lots of Lyric Pieces at all levels)
3 - Schumann (lots of short character pieces at all levels)
3 - "Modern" 20th and 21st century music
1 - Theme and Variations
1 - Composers of Colour
2 - Nocturnes
1 - Dances
1 - Happy music
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3 - Mendelssohn (lots of Songs Without Words at all levels)
2 - Grieg (lots of Lyric Pieces at all levels)
3 - Schumann (lots of short character pieces at all levels)
4 - "Modern" 20th and 21st century music
1 - Theme and Variations
1 - Composers of Colour
2 - Nocturnes
1 - Dances
1 - Happy music
1 - Film music (Main themes of movies)
To vote, copy this post after this one and add your favorite theme or increment the number of votes if your favorite is already there. Please use the latest post!

3 - Mendelssohn (lots of Songs Without Words at all levels)
2 - Grieg (lots of Lyric Pieces at all levels)
3 - Schumann (lots of short character pieces at all levels)
5 - "Modern" 20th and 21st century music
1 - Theme and Variations
2 - Composers of Colour
2 - Nocturnes
1 - Dances
1 - Happy music
2 - Film music (Main themes of movies)
1 - Any piece of your choosing but first attempt only (so more like a live recital)
To vote, copy this post after this one and add your favorite theme or increment the number of votes if your favorite is already there. Please use the latest post!

4 - Mendelssohn (lots of Songs Without Words at all levels)
2 - Grieg (lots of Lyric Pieces at all levels)
3 - Schumann (lots of short character pieces at all levels)
5 - "Modern" 20th and 21st century music
1 - Theme and Variations
2 - Composers of Colour
3 - Nocturnes
1 - Dances
1 - Happy music
2 - Film music (Main themes of movies)
1 - Any piece of your choosing but first attempt only (so more like a live recital)
1 - Rare Gems (there are just so many beautiful rare gems out there!)
To vote, copy this post after this one and add your favorite theme or increment the number of votes if your favorite is already there. Please use the latest post!

4 - Mendelssohn (lots of Songs Without Words at all levels)
3 - Grieg (lots of Lyric Pieces at all levels)
3 - Schumann (lots of short character pieces at all levels)
6 - "Modern" 20th and 21st century music
1 - Theme and Variations
3 - Composers of Colour
3 - Nocturnes
2 - Dances
1 - Happy music
2 - Film music (Main themes of movies)
2 - Any piece of your choosing but first attempt only (so more like a live recital)
1 - Rare Gems (there are just so many beautiful rare gems out there!)
Posted By: lilypad Re: Ideas for future themed recitals - 2022? - 07/18/21 12:46 AM
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4 - Mendelssohn (lots of Songs Without Words at all levels)
3 - Grieg (lots of Lyric Pieces at all levels)
3 - Schumann (lots of short character pieces at all levels)
6 - "Modern" 20th and 21st century music
1 - Theme and Variations
3 - Composers of Colour
3 - Nocturnes
2 - Dances
1 - Happy music
3 - Film music (Main themes of movies)
2 - Any piece of your choosing but first attempt only (so more like a live recital)
1 - Rare Gems (there are just so many beautiful rare gems out there!)
Posted By: Sam S Re: Ideas for future themed recitals - 2022? - 07/19/21 01:15 AM
So far we have a clear front-runner - well, by 2 votes, so not all that clear. Then poor Mendelssohn (The Rodney Dangerfield of composers - can't get any respect) has 4. After that there are a bunch of threes.

We need more people to vote, or I will be forced to make a command decision, and nobody wants that!

Sam
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4 - Mendelssohn (lots of Songs Without Words at all levels)
3 - Grieg (lots of Lyric Pieces at all levels)
3 - Schumann (lots of short character pieces at all levels)
7 - "Modern" 20th and 21st century music
2 - Theme and Variations
3 - Composers of Colour
3 - Nocturnes
3 - Dances
1 - Happy music
3 - Film music (Main themes of movies)
2 - Any piece of your choosing but first attempt only (so more like a live recital)
1 - Rare Gems (there are just so many beautiful rare gems out there!)
1 - Etudes
To vote, copy this post after this one and add your favorite theme or increment the number of votes if your favorite is already there. Please use the latest post!

4 - Mendelssohn (lots of Songs Without Words at all levels)
3 - Grieg (lots of Lyric Pieces at all levels)
3 - Schumann (lots of short character pieces at all levels)
7 - "Modern" 20th and 21st century music
2 - Theme and Variations
3 - Composers of Colour
3 - Nocturnes
3 - Dances
2 - Happy music
4 - Film music (Main themes of movies)
2 - Any piece of your choosing but first attempt only (so more like a live recital)
2 - Rare Gems (there are just so many beautiful rare gems out there!)
1 - Etudes
Posted By: JimF Re: Ideas for future themed recitals - 2022? - 07/19/21 11:58 AM
To vote, copy this post after this one and add your favorite theme or increment the number of votes if your favorite is already there. Please use the latest post!

4 - Mendelssohn (lots of Songs Without Words at all levels)
3 - Grieg (lots of Lyric Pieces at all levels)
3 - Schumann (lots of short character pieces at all levels)
7 - "Modern" 20th and 21st century music
2 - Theme and Variations
3 - Composers of Colour
3 - Nocturnes
3 - Dances
2 - Happy music
4 - Film music (Main themes of movies)
2 - Any piece of your choosing but first attempt only (so more like a live recital)
2 - Rare Gems (there are just so many beautiful rare gems out there!)
1 - Etudes
1 - Opera - arrangements for piano at all levels
Posted By: Bart K Re: Ideas for future themed recitals - 2022? - 07/19/21 02:55 PM
Can we have a discussion instead of only voting?

Perhaps I am mistaken, but I would like to believe that the main idea of the themed recitals is to have some diversity from the same old stuff that everyone plays all the time and get introduced to new pieces/composers. With this in mind I would like to share a few remarks...

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4 - Mendelssohn (lots of Songs Without Words at all levels)
3 - Grieg (lots of Lyric Pieces at all levels)
3 - Schumann (lots of short character pieces at all levels)
Looking at the recitals spreadsheet these composers all get played a lot.

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3 - Nocturnes
I feel this is just going to be another Chopin fest.

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2 - Any piece of your choosing but first attempt only (so more like a live recital)
How are you going to enforce this? Unless the recital is really live (like a Zoom or Discord meeting) I don't think it will work.

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3 - Composers of Colour
Yes for diversity and all but what is a "composer of colour"? The expression "person of colour" is dated/offensive and I think it would be better to qualify this. Besides, I feel this is going to be just another excuse to play lots of Joplin and not really a chance for real diversity.

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7 - "Modern" 20th and 21st century music
Now, IMO, here we can have a lot more diversity and new pieces/composers that haven't been played much... unless everyone plays Einaudi and Debussy.

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2 - Theme and Variations
That is a nice idea. Many composers wrote themes and variations and these aren't so overplayed in the recitals.

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4 - Film music (Main themes of movies)
I like this idea, altough there is a lot of overlap with the "modern" recital. Lots of different arrangements of the same themes are available for different difficulty levels.

Please note that I mean no offense to anyone. These are meant to be points of discussion.
Originally Posted by Qazsedcft
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2 - Any piece of your choosing but first attempt only (so more like a live recital)
How are you going to enforce this? Unless the recital is really live (like a Zoom or Discord meeting) I don't think it will work.

Well you're right, this can't be enforced - there's nothing to stop someone making multiple recordings and passing one of them off as their only attempt - but we'd have to trust that each participant would submit their recording with the spirit of the theme in mind.

I do appreciate this won't appeal to some but as a one-off I think it could be interesting and different. Anyone who's taken part in a live recital, in-person or on online, where you have one attempt only, will appreciate what an memorable (both good and not-so-good) experience that is.
Posted By: Bart K Re: Ideas for future themed recitals - 2022? - 07/19/21 04:52 PM
Originally Posted by psyche23
Originally Posted by Qazsedcft
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2 - Any piece of your choosing but first attempt only (so more like a live recital)
How are you going to enforce this? Unless the recital is really live (like a Zoom or Discord meeting) I don't think it will work.

Well you're right, this can't be enforced - there's nothing to stop someone making multiple recordings and passing one of them off as their only attempt - but we'd have to trust that each participant would submit their recording with the spirit of the theme in mind.

I do appreciate this won't appeal to some but as a one-off I think it could be interesting and different. Anyone who's taken part in a live recital, in-person or on online, where you have one attempt only, will appreciate what an memorable (both good and not-so-good) experience that is.
But the appeal of a real live recital is the direct contact between the musician and the audience. I don't think a recorded recital of first takes has the same appeal.
Posted By: Sam S Re: Ideas for future themed recitals - 2022? - 07/19/21 07:03 PM
Qazsedcft makes all good points. I had the same feeling about the "Composers of Colour". Probably not enough composers to select from.

And we do not have "recital police", so there is no way to enforce anything too complicated. The upcoming "Beginner Pieces" recital is an example. My beginner piece is not your beginner piece. I do not reject any submissions, even if they obviously do not fit the theme. The only exception is the one performance limit in the Quarterly recitals - occasionally I have had to remind people...

As far as Mendelssohn, we did have a themed recital dedicated to him back in 2013, but it did not use the recital software, so it is lost...

My point in suggesting Mendelssohn, Grieg, and Schumann was to give players at all levels something to choose from, hoping to increase participation. While we do have 40 submissions in the themed recitals, we have a lot of multiple submissions. For instance, the GAS recital had 40+ performances, but only 17 performers.

Looks like I will have to resolve the ties and make a decision - that's why I get paid the big bucks. And no good deed (or volunteer) goes unpunished, so I am sure I will not please everyone.

Sam
Posted By: Bart K Re: Ideas for future themed recitals - 2022? - 07/19/21 07:45 PM
To vote, copy this post after this one and add your favorite theme or increment the number of votes if your favorite is already there. Please use the latest post!

4 - Mendelssohn (lots of Songs Without Words at all levels)
3 - Grieg (lots of Lyric Pieces at all levels)
3 - Schumann (lots of short character pieces at all levels)
8 - "Modern" 20th and 21st century music
3 - Theme and Variations
3 - Composers of Colour
3 - Nocturnes
3 - Dances
2 - Happy music
5 - Film music (Main themes of movies)
2 - Any piece of your choosing but first attempt only (so more like a live recital)
2 - Rare Gems (there are just so many beautiful rare gems out there!)
1 - Etudes
1 - Opera - arrangements for piano at all levels
Posted By: Bart K Re: Ideas for future themed recitals - 2022? - 07/19/21 07:47 PM
Originally Posted by Sam S
Looks like I will have to resolve the ties and make a decision - that's why I get paid the big bucks. And no good deed (or volunteer) goes unpunished, so I am sure I will not please everyone.
Well, some of the ties are between nomimees that were sugested after you voted, so I don't think it would be unfair if you voted for them, resolving the tie at the same time.
Posted By: KevinM Re: Ideas for future themed recitals - 2022? - 07/19/21 08:29 PM
I understand Sam's motivation of trying to pull more people in

So much of both the themed and ABF recitals relies on trust, if we haven't got that then the whole thing breaks down.

I like the idea of the first attempt only recital, for me it will force me to be more realistic in the selection of a piece, to learn it, practise it until I rarely make a mistake the whole way through and when i do I can recover from that mistake.

In terms of Composers of Colour I can see that this could be a problem with Sam's motivation. I would say in its defence I went for the more generic term so that effectively it is non white. I didn't perceive that it could be so limiting. For example Japanese composers who do manga and anime film scores I also had in mind as a possibility and I've been impressed in the past by the performers in the themed recitals to find scores when they are limited by the requirements of the theme. So yes, I can easily imagine some Joplin being in there but I never thought it would Joplin dominated. But I can see how this might conflict with Sam's desire to pull in fresh performers since finding material for performers with less skill might be more difficult.

I kind of feel similarly about the idea of Nocturne's recital, yes there will be plenty of Chopin, but once again the usual suspects here will do their best to find plenty of non Chopin nocturnes because that is what seems to happen in the themed recitals, but Nocturne's that are accessible to weaker players like myself are not common so it will limit the option to pull in new performers.
Posted By: KevinM Re: Ideas for future themed recitals - 2022? - 07/19/21 08:30 PM
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4 - Mendelssohn (lots of Songs Without Words at all levels)
3 - Grieg (lots of Lyric Pieces at all levels)
3 - Schumann (lots of short character pieces at all levels)
8 - "Modern" 20th and 21st century music
3 - Theme and Variations
3 - Composers of Colour
3 - Nocturnes
3 - Dances
2 - Happy music
6 - Film music (Main themes of movies)
3 - Any piece of your choosing but first attempt only (so more like a live recital)
2 - Rare Gems (there are just so many beautiful rare gems out there!)
1 - Etudes
1 - Opera - arrangements for piano at all levels
Posted By: Bart K Re: Ideas for future themed recitals - 2022? - 07/19/21 08:37 PM
How about instead of the "Composers of Coulour" we have "Not Dead White Men" (that's a joke, it can be called something else). A composer should meet one of the following requirements:

Not a man
or
Not white
or
Not dead
Posted By: Sam S Re: Ideas for future themed recitals - 2022? - 07/19/21 08:43 PM
Originally Posted by Qazsedcft
How about instead of the "Composers of Coulour" we have "Not Dead White Men" (that's a joke, it can be called something else). A composer should meet one of the following requirements:

Not a man
or
Not white
or
Not dead

I am not in favor of dividing us by race, so I want nothing to do with a recital like that.

Sam
Posted By: KevinM Re: Ideas for future themed recitals - 2022? - 07/19/21 08:57 PM
I was more hoping for composers who would bring a different cultural context to their composition than the tradition from which classical piano came from.
Originally Posted by KevinM
I was more hoping for composers who would bring a different cultural context to their composition than the tradition from which classical piano came from.

Which I think is precisely what a Composers of Colour recital would represent. For instance, I'm no expert on the history of the Blues originators from the Deep South but I think it's a given that their culture and life experiences was absolutely integral to their compositions.

It's worth adding that there are more than enough composers of colour to based a themed recital around. Just scrolling through the list of composers in ABF Recital Index I can see entries written by the likes of Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, George Walker, Alexis Ffrench, Joe Hisaishi, Florence Price, Ryuichi Sakamoto and many others. I could also add the names of Chevalier de Saint-Georges, Viola Kinney and Nathaniel Dett as well as a multitude of video game and Anime soundtrack composers. And that's before we even get to the too-many-to-mention greats of Jazz, Blues, Gospel, Ragtime, Soul etc etc.

I do get Sam's point about wanting to appeal to all skill levels. Of the above genres I'm most familiar with anime soundtracks and I can say for certain that there are many arrangements available from a true beginner level all the way to a high standard of difficulty. I'd be amazed if there wasn't a similar range for say, Jazz and Blues. There certainly is for Ragtime. All of these can be searched for and found, if the will is there.
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4 - Mendelssohn (lots of Songs Without Words at all levels)
4 - Grieg (lots of Lyric Pieces at all levels)
3 - Schumann (lots of short character pieces at all levels)
8 - "Modern" 20th and 21st century music
3 - Theme and Variations
3 - Composers of Colour
3 - Nocturnes
3 - Dances
2 - Happy music
6 - Film music (Main themes of movies)
3 - Any piece of your choosing but first attempt only (so more like a live recital)
2 - Rare Gems (there are just so many beautiful rare gems out there!)
1 - Etudes
1 - Opera - arrangements for piano at all levels
Posted By: dumka1 Re: Ideas for future themed recitals - 2022? - 07/20/21 12:11 PM
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5 - Mendelssohn (lots of Songs Without Words at all levels)
4 - Grieg (lots of Lyric Pieces at all levels)
3 - Schumann (lots of short character pieces at all levels)
8 - "Modern" 20th and 21st century music
3 - Theme and Variations
3 - Composers of Colour
3 - Nocturnes
3 - Dances
2 - Happy music
6 - Film music (Main themes of movies)
3 - Any piece of your choosing but first attempt only (so more like a live recital)
2 - Rare Gems (there are just so many beautiful rare gems out there!)
1 - Etudes
1 - Opera - arrangements for piano at all levels
Qazsedcft, just to go back to something you wrote several posts up... the term "people of color" or "person of color" is quite common in the US and rather than being thought of as out of date or offensive, it's just the opposite, this tends to be the preferred term to talk about including people who are often otherwise left out. We don't need to go on about the pros and cons of this terminology here, but I just wanted to point out that these terms, and the thoughts around them, can vary quite a bit from one country or one culture to another....

Back to the question at hand....

Sam, if you wanted to make it complicated, you could pick the top three choices and ask everyone to vote again, only on those three. Otherwise just a simple "most votes" selection??
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6 - Mendelssohn (lots of Songs Without Words at all levels)
4 - Grieg (lots of Lyric Pieces at all levels)
3 - Schumann (lots of short character pieces at all levels)
8 - "Modern" 20th and 21st century music
3 - Theme and Variations
3 - Composers of Colour
3 - Nocturnes
3 - Dances
2 - Happy music
6 - Film music (Main themes of movies)
3 - Any piece of your choosing but first attempt only (so more like a live recital)
2 - Rare Gems (there are just so many beautiful rare gems out there!)
1 - Etudes
1 - Opera - arrangements for piano at all levels
Posted By: Sam S Re: Ideas for future themed recitals - 2022? - 07/20/21 07:31 PM
Voting has tapered off - it's been five days. Most of the regulars have voiced their opinion, anyway.

Here are the top 4:

8 - "Modern" 20th and 21st century music
6 - Film music (Main themes of movies)
6 - Mendelssohn (lots of Songs Without Words at all levels)
4 - Grieg (lots of Lyric Pieces at all levels)

I would like to change Film music to any music from a movie, which would include anything from a musical, not just the main theme.

For the schedule, how about:

January- Grieg
April- "Modern" 20th and 21st century music
July- Film music
October- Mendelssohn

That would put the non-classical recital in July, same as the current GAS recital.

Sam
Hi, Sam - Your suggestion for next year's Themed Recitals is totally OK with me.
Originally Posted by Sam S
I would like to change Film music to any music from a movie, which would include anything from a musical, not just the main theme.
The reason I limited this to main theme was not to include the entire soundtrack of a movie. Because then we were able to play anything because you will find almost any music in a soundtrack. And "main theme" was simply the shortest way to exclude the entire soundtrack with a few words.

Basically I wanted to write:
Composed for a movie or strongly associated with a movie. (like "The Entertainer" to "The Sting")
About including musicals, I like the idea because all its songs are written for the musical, so it matches "composed for a movie" as well as "strongly associated with a movie". The only rule: There must be a movie of the musical smile

Originally Posted by Sam S
For the schedule, how about:

January- Grieg
April- "Modern" 20th and 21st century music
July- Film music
October- Mendelssohn

That would put the non-classical recital in July, same as the current GAS recital.
If the only limitation of "Modern" is to be 20th and 21st century, every Great American Songbook falls in this category. And almost every "Film music" was also written in in this time. In this case I feel this is too much of the same in a row. Please tell me, if I am mistaken with my understanding of "Modern".
In Germany there is a radio station called "Klassik Radio" (Classical radio) and they play real classical music (and baroque, operas, ...). They also play what they call "Modern classical": this is mostly film music as long as the mood and the instruments go this direction. Basically anything from John Williams, Yann Tiersen, Ludovico Einaudi, Yiruma, Hans Zimmer, Alan Silvestri and others of that kind. This is a big overlap with "Film music", even if we would restrict "Modern" to this classical appearance as the radio station does.

tl;dr;
Please do not put both "Modern" and "Film music" to the schedule within a year.
Posted By: Sam S Re: Ideas for future themed recitals - 2022? - 07/21/21 02:32 PM
Wie Waldi, I appreciate your concerns, but there is always going to be some overlap in categories. As far as film music, I was thinking about something like "The Sound of Music" - lots of great songs that would be missed if we just limited it to the main theme. Pick any musical, and that is the case. Which doesn't stop someone from playing the Stars Wars theme if they want.

As I have said many times, there are no Recital Police and I am not interested in excluding anyone because their choice doesn't fit the theme.

Given the classical preferences of most of us, I think the modern music theme will lean towards classical or neo-classical. There is a lot more than Einaudi and Yiruma. Debussy, Schoenberg, Rachmaninoff, Prokofieff, Ives, Beach, Khachaturian, Tcherepnin, Muczynski, Glass, and so on - thousands of composers. Tim Andrianson is, I think, something of an expert - he could probably give us an overview.

Sam
Sounds great, Sam, thanks for coordinating all of this!! I will try to participate!
What about creating a sticky thread for the future themed recitals?
Just to collect ideas over the year. And if one has a good one, it won't get lost!
We can use it for debating. Something like change from "Scott Joplin" to "Ragtime" or vice versa. Or explain what exactly is meant with an idea!

And there is a second advantage: Every time when Sam makes up for a new decider-thread with "Ideas for 2023" / "2024", he can start with a bigger set. Of coarse it is allowed to add new ideas as we did in this thread. But the ideas on top of the list have an unfair advantage because there might be people that don't read the later posts and their vote is already set on the earlier ones.


As a Covid-beginner, I don't know if I keep this hobby that long, nor if I keep trolling around every day, so I could miss the Call for future ideas next year. And I don't want this one to be lost:
- Musicals (Basically it was SamS idea, but it is not listed as a theme for its own)
Posted By: Bart K Re: Ideas for future themed recitals - 2022? - 08/26/21 07:05 PM
Great idea WieWaldi. There wasn't really much discussion this year and it was decided too quickly, IMO. But it is what it is. Participation is free and optional.

Personally, I feel there are too many of these recitals. I don't really want to organize all the pieces I learn around specific recital themes. If it was approximately one themed recital per year then it might be fun to do something special for that occasion but as it is I think we are just running out of ideas and it's not so special anymore.

Just my 2 c.
Gonna thrown in Rock bands/ballads for a future theme. This would motivate me to learn an arrangement. I like these non classical themes as it moves me out of my usual gravitational pull towards classical music.
And thank you Sam for doing all of this…
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