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#484931 - 12/05/07 05:24 PM Mason Gross School of the Arts
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I'm considering going into piano performance there at sometime in the near future.

Would this be a viable audition program? Should I try and refine myself before auditioning?

Baroque
Bach: WTC Book I, P&F no. 16 in G minor
Classical
Beethoven: Sonata op. 2 no. 1 in F minor, 1st mvt.
Romantic
Alkan: Allegro Barbaro OR perhaps the 1st mvt. of the Waldstein(might do a Mozart sonata for classical in that case)
20th Century:
Debussy: 1st Arabesque perhaps?(Is this not hard enough?)
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#484932 - 12/05/07 05:38 PM Re: Mason Gross School of the Arts
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I don't know what the requirements are for this particular school, so take this with a grain of salt...

For the 20th century piece I would recommend something a little more difficult and a little more modern than the Debussy Arabesque. Not that Debussy can't be used, but the Arabesques are not his most mature works and are still very firmly rooted in romanticism.

I would stay away from doing two Beethoven sonatas, so if you go with Waldstein, then yes, definitely do a Mozart sonata as your classical. Also, while a case can be made for Beethoven's Op. 2/1 being classical, you may want to stick with the Mozart anyway as it is more firmly a "classical" piece, where the Beethoven is classical that's starting to cross into romanticism.

I like the Bach P/F - that's a strong one for an audition.
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#484933 - 12/05/07 05:52 PM Re: Mason Gross School of the Arts
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I think my audition's going to be weaker than that... AND I'm older.

I think you're fine. If you can perform that Allegro Barbaro at a top notch level, that'll blow some people away. The Debussy might be a little too easy, you could always try for some Ravel if you like French composers or some Russians like Prokofiev or Shostakovich are always good.

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#484934 - 12/05/07 06:39 PM Re: Mason Gross School of the Arts
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If you can play the first movement of the Waldstein, why would you ever use Op. 2, No.1 as your classical requirement? The F minor, while lovely, is not a mature work and is not what I would consider a strong choice for a performance degree audition. Use the Alkan for your Romantic, but make sure you can play it very well. I agree you should do something other than the Arabesque, perhaps one of the Preludes or Estampes or Miroirs. (Jardins is a very strong choice for an audition.)

I also looked at the Rutgers website. I didn't know Susan Starr was on the faculty! I'm from New Jersey and I never really thought much about Rutgers for music. Rider seems to get all the attention.
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#484935 - 12/05/07 07:41 PM Re: Mason Gross School of the Arts
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here, these are the requirements

All major and minor scales and arpeggios
A movement or a complete work by Bach, Handel, Scarlatti, or a comparable composer from the Baroque period
A movement or a complete work by Beethoven, Mozart, Haydn, or a comparable composer from the Classical period
A complete work by Schubert, Schumann, Brahms, Chopin, Liszt, or a comparable composer from the Romantic period
A short work by Debussy, Ravel, Copland, Barber, or a comparable composer from the Twentieth Century

http://www.masongross.rutgers.edu/admissions/aud_music_ugr_keyboard.html
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