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#2189753 - 11/28/13 06:09 PM Repertoire round arrangements
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Hi guys, I'm planning to apply for a summer program, and along with it the program's competition, which consists of two rounds of free repertoire. I doubt very much that I will make the competition even if I manage to get all my repertoire ready, and making the camp is my main concern. If I made it in the competition, I very much doubt I would make the second round.

This is why I'm asking this question. Just out of curiosity, how do you guys arrange your repertoire if you enter a multi-round competition? Would you stack all your hardest and most impressive repertoire in the first round, or would you balance it out? I'm not really asking for suggestions on how I will stack my repertoire. If I somehow got all 60 minutes of music ready and I somehow made the competition, my teacher will probably do that for me smile

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#2189804 - 11/28/13 08:13 PM Re: Repertoire round arrangements [Re: A Guy]
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I don't have much experience, but I know you don't want to place everything hard into the first round. Judges want to see ALL of your strengths, which include lyrical pieces, and probably the Bach! They have no desire to watch a million Chopin Etudes in a row, nor too much "heavy" material. Balance is key!
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#2189855 - 11/28/13 10:08 PM Re: Repertoire round arrangements [Re: A Guy]
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Oh yeah, good point. Well slow and lyrical pieces are difficult in many cases too, aren't they?

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#2189873 - 11/28/13 10:34 PM Re: Repertoire round arrangements [Re: A Guy]
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Originally Posted By: A Guy
Oh yeah, good point. Well slow and lyrical pieces are difficult in many cases too, aren't they?

I read your original post as super technical, I guess.
Yes- of course slow and lyrical can be difficult- even more difficult than, say, a Prokofiev Etude!

If it were my opening round, I would choose at least one piece I'm really, really comfortable with, plus some more adventurous repertoire.
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#2189905 - 11/29/13 12:15 AM Re: Repertoire round arrangements [Re: A Guy]
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I like sticking with safe haha. I think I would pick much of the pieces that are not played as much by other pianists. Since the first round has the most people, it'd give the judges a nice refresher IMO and there'd be less chance of having a performer before me already have played it, detracting from my performance.

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#2189906 - 11/29/13 12:17 AM Re: Repertoire round arrangements [Re: A Guy]
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Originally Posted By: A Guy
I like sticking with safe haha. I think I would pick much of the pieces that are not played as much by other pianists. Since the first round has the most people, it'd give the judges a nice refresher IMO and there'd be less chance of having a performer before me already have played it, detracting from my performance.

The problem is, in your repertoire, what IS not played that much??
I'd say your least played piece is the Liszt. Or the Polonaise- kids seem to go with Op. 26 (1 or 2), or go all out with 53.
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#2189916 - 11/29/13 12:58 AM Re: Repertoire round arrangements [Re: A Guy]
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Originally Posted By: A Guy
Oh yeah, good point. Well slow and lyrical pieces are difficult in many cases too, aren't they?


Some of the fastest playing in Beethoven's sonatas is in the slow movements!
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#2189919 - 11/29/13 01:06 AM Re: Repertoire round arrangements [Re: BDB]
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Originally Posted By: A Guy
Oh yeah, good point. Well slow and lyrical pieces are difficult in many cases too, aren't they?


Some of the fastest playing in Beethoven's sonatas is in the slow movements!


Sightreading Beethoven Adagio movements is a nightmare...
So many 32nd notes and above, paired with trills, paired with small runs. cry
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#2190041 - 11/29/13 11:14 AM Re: Repertoire round arrangements [Re: pianorigami]
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Originally Posted By: pianorigami
Originally Posted By: A Guy
I like sticking with safe haha. I think I would pick much of the pieces that are not played as much by other pianists. Since the first round has the most people, it'd give the judges a nice refresher IMO and there'd be less chance of having a performer before me already have played it, detracting from my performance.

The problem is, in your repertoire, what IS not played that much??
I'd say your least played piece is the Liszt. Or the Polonaise- kids seem to go with Op. 26 (1 or 2), or go all out with 53.

I think the polonaise is definitely the least played. But I don't have all my repertoire yet.


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