Romantic Concert Programme

Romantic Concert Programme

Romantic Concert Programme    07:47 on Sunday, June 20, 2004          
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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.

Pathetique Sonata

Mazurka op. 17 no. 4
Nocturne op. 48 no. 1
Scherzo no. 2


Chopin: Ballade no. 3

Elegie op.3 no. 1
Prelude op. 32 no 10

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.

Re: Romantic Concert Programme    10:45 on Monday, June 21, 2004          
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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.

Re: Romantic Concert Programme    18:07 on Monday, June 21, 2004          
(Pieter de Jong)
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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`!


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