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#509522 - 12/27/07 10:44 AM Giving a solo recital...
LiszThalberg Offline
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My teacher has the oppurtunity to get me a full length solo recital at a decently sized recital hall. This would most likely be about a year from now.

My rep so far:
-Bach: Inventions: 1,4,8, 13,14 P&F: 21
-Mozart: Sonata: K545(I), K330(I,II)
-Beethoven: Baggatelle in Eb, Sonata Op. 49, 2.
-Ginistera: Tres Danzas Argentina
-Tchrepenin: Baggatelles 1,7,10
Working on Chopin Etudes Op. 10 No. 1,12

-Haydn concerto in D (III)
Working on the Mendelssohn concerto op. 25

What would be a good program? I have about a year, is there anything that I should look at to maybe prepare? Any help would be great.


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#509523 - 12/27/07 12:07 PM Re: Giving a solo recital...
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I think the obvious advice is to finish the K. 330 sonata and play that in full--as a commonly played and intricate sonata, naturally it will be worth finishing it and then performing it in full several times. Plus, with a year left, you can easily do that. You might consider giving the Tchrepenin Baggatelles a miss, however, since you only know a handful (unless you wanted to learn, say, two or three more). However, the Ginastera would be a great Contemporary finale to the recital--or the Chopin etudes--so I don't think Tchrepenin is too important. One of my biggest concerns in programming recitals, is keeping things concise and focusing on "quality over quantity" (I don't mean to lecture you on this, since you have probably already heard this before). I hear time and again about pianists who program massive programs for their undergraduate recitals, for example, and then say that they could hardly get through the last few pieces, because endurance in front of an audience is something that's hard to prepare for.

But, I vote that you nevertheless keep Tchrepenin in the background for possible encores.

From which WTC book does your P&F come from? I will begin working on No. 21 Book I in the next few weeks, myself. My personal recommendation is to play two or three Inventions, plus the moderately short P&F (I assume it's Book I, as that is the more popular one), as an opener. I think 4, 8, and 13 plus the prelude and fugue would be a charming opening. Then the Mozart K. 330, then either the Beethoven sonata or Baggatelle (I think either would be fine; I'd opt for the sonata), then let's say the Ginastera and then Chopin. If you want to play one of the concerti, I would recommend the Mendelssohn (possibly just the first movement?) and put it at the end, without Beethoven.

But since you have a year, you certainly could look into some other things. Perhaps you would like to play a short, virtuosic Liszt piece such as Gnomenreigen or the Valse Impromptu. There are also Rachmaninoff preludes and Scriabin etudes. If I were you, I might consider finding a handful of moderately difficult works by such composers, so as to keep you busy for a whole year, without just playing the same pieces over and over again. Just a thought though! Good luck, and I'm sure you'll post some updates as you go.

#509524 - 12/27/07 12:08 PM Re: Giving a solo recital...
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Matt :

If you are planning to give a "traditional" recital - I guess your teacher might have something to say about how traditional it should be - then you should have a least one major work in the programme: perhaps a Sonata. Since you already have two movements of the Mozart, KV330, it might be advisable to think about completing that Sonata as the main focus of the first part of the recital.

A group of Bach Inventions could possibly work, even though they are not regularly programmed in solo recitals; certainly the Prelude and Fugue could be part of the programme.

The Ginestera and Tchrepenin would show your affinity for more contemporary works, so I would think you might want to concentrate on some Romantic literature: Chopin, Schumann, Brahms or Liszt.

If your teacher would accompany you - and if the venue has a second piano - you certainly could consider performing a movement of the Mendelssohn or Haydn concertos, although I don't think that I would opt for a Mozart Sonata and a Haydn concerto (movement) on the same programme.

Much depends on what kind of focus you want to give to the recital. A year might seem like a long time, but it certainly is not too early to have some of the pieces you plan to play well in hand already, so that you can live with them - and so that they can grow in you - over the next several months.

I do think that you might want to consider having a major Classical work and/or a major Romantic work on the programme; I don't think that your recital should be made up primarily of short pieces.

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#509525 - 12/27/07 05:55 PM Re: Giving a solo recital...
hopinmad Offline
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Registered: 06/07/07
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This seems rather obvious but make sure you know every piece you're gonna play much before the recital, don't attempt to 'finish' some off in the last month or so.
Patience's the best teacher, and time the best critic. - F.F.Chopin

#509526 - 12/27/07 08:07 PM Re: Giving a solo recital...
LiszThalberg Offline
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Originally posted by Goldberg:
From which WTC book does your P&F come from? I will begin working on No. 21 Book I in the next few weeks, myself.[/b]
P&F in Bb from Book 1. The fugue needs work \:D


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