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Hi, I am giving a piano recital of romantic repetoire at a small theatre near me and I was wondering if you would be able to give me some feedback on my selected programme. Beethoveen: Pathetique Sonata Chopin: Mazurka op. 17 no. 4 Nocturne op. 48 no. 1 Scherzo no. 2 -INTERVAL- Chopin: Ballade no. 3 Rachmaninoff: Elegie op.3 no. 1 Prelude op. 32 no 10 Scriabin: Nocturne for the left hand Op. 9 no, 2 Prelude Op. 48 no. 2 Etude Op. 2, no. 1 Etude Op. 8, no 12 Encores (In needed) Debussy: The girl with the flaxen hair. Chopin Etude op. 10, no 12 (Revolutionary) Do you think that it is too long? Any constructive ideas would be most helpful.
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  • PlayerGT
    PlayerGT

    Hi Alistaire, I love to give recitals now and then...Mostly for aged people in Houses where they are really fond of good classical music. So I have some experience in dealing with programs and selecting pieces, styles and composers. Generally speaking I acclaim the selection of composers as Beethoven Chopin and Scriabine. However, as my predecessor already remarked, the program is too long. Moreover I think playing Chopin immediately after Beethoven before the interval is not a wise choice. You`d better save Chopin for after the interval. What about beginning with a prelude and fugue by Bach(or two); or combining the Beethoven with that marvelous Mozart rondo in a minor? Or Mozart`s well-known fantasy in c minor?(don`t remember the KV`s). Or...a Haydn fantasy in c major.. A few Scarlatti sonatas(which, as you probably are aware of, ate very short but delightfully spiritual and vivid, ironic and charming). So I would suggest a mixture of Baroque and Classicism/Early Rom. for the first part of your program; then one nocture or mazurka by Chopin, followed by either the 3d ballad or the 2d scherzo. That would take appr. 15 minutes; then the Rachmaninoff(10 minutes); finally a few Scriabine pieces, but not exceeding 45` for the 2d part of your recital. It might be smart to play only 2 or 3 Scriabine short pieces and conclude with something substantial. Or placing Scriabine after Chopin(combining e.g. an early prelude with a later etude). Personally I would choose a sonata by Scriabine(but a rather short one). NUmber 4? Or 5? An alternative: playing Chopin, a few Scriabine pieces, and ending on the op. 32 no. 10 prelude plus the no. 12(id) for more speed and drama; and finally the very lyrical and not too difficult op. 23 no. 4(d major); or even better, first 23/4, then 32/12 and finally 32/10(for its mighty climax and narrating and dramatic aspects). If you want to stick to the elegy, then i would start with it; then the 32/12; and 32/10 for impact! These are only suggestions! Feel free to mix and experiment! But do not exceed the 2 times 45`!

    1st May, 2017

  • CarolBlackburn
    CarolBlackburn

    First of all, congratulation for your exquisite taste and gifts. I`m a piano student planning to play a day not too far almost all the beautiful pieces you mention. Assuming that I could assist, I`m sure that I wouldn`t get tired at all, on the contrary, I`d enjoy your a programme a lot. But I`m not sure of your audience. I remember the story about the Beethoven`s concert having the premieres of the 5th and 6th symphonies and several other works, and after several hours of music, someone commented: "One can get tired of the good music". I think it would be better if you manage that each part don`t reach 45 minutes. No matter how beautiful the music, it`s not easy to stay sitting and attentive more than that.

    1st May, 2017

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