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#1 Clarissa88

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Posted 08 June 2020 - 13:34

Hi, would like to know if these pieces are allowed for own choice material for ARSM? Who shall I contact to ask?

 

 

1) June (Bacarolle) - Tchaikovsky

 

 

https://www.youtube....h?v=KMb_TPrqMZI

 

2) Romance In F Minor Op 5 - Tchaikovsky

 

https://www.youtube....h?v=J2AeUENRFGA

 

 

 

3) Chance Encounter - Kevin Kern

 

https://www.youtube....h?v=9Y1hDSBlvkU


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#2 fsharpminor

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Posted 08 June 2020 - 13:58

The Barcarolle is nowhere near diploma level, maybe Grade 7 !   I don't know the others

 

Later edit, ah it has been set for Grade 8 in another board !


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Posted 08 June 2020 - 14:59

You should ask your teacher if you're not sure. The board will not advise you. Anything of grade eight or above standard is acceptable, as is choosing all your pieces from the repertoire list.
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#4 Clarissa88

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Posted 08 June 2020 - 15:32

I don't have to submit my own choice pieces for permission first? I'm able to just go to the exam venue and inform the stewart and examiner that I'll be playing an own choice repetoire?

I always had this idea that I have to submit them for permission lol.

My teacher taught me till grade 8. I did well for my grade 8 and have to look for another teacher that teaches diploma level students. And then covid happened and I'm waiting till I can do face to face lessons again.

The 2 Tchaikovsky pieces looks like they are a difficult grade 8 level. And the Kevin Kern one a atcl/arsm piece.
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Posted 08 June 2020 - 17:00

Id also be wary of doing two pieces by the same composer, they usually ask for a 'varied' programme, ie from Baroque, Classical, Romantic, 20th C ,  etc etc 

 

Later edit.....I can confirm that The Tchaikowsky Romance has also been set for Grade 8 in the past, so you might be OK with either of them, but I wouldnt do both  (they are both in the Edexcel  list of grades complied from previous syllabuses in different boards)


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Posted 08 June 2020 - 17:06

I'd also be wary of doing two pieces by the same composer, they usually ask for a 'varied' programme, ie from Baroque, Classical, Romantic, 20th C , etc etc

Good advice, as the syllabus says-

"no more than one work by any single composer (except for vocal items or where a combination of movements or pieces from a composer’s collection is indicated in the ARSM repertoire lists)."
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Posted 08 June 2020 - 17:06

Yup. My plan is to do

1) Beethoven in C Minor (21 minutes)
2) Romance In F Minor (6.5 minutes)
3) La Plus Que Lente (4.5 minutes)

I hate baroque and early classical. I'd love to fit in Schubert's Impromptu in Gb Major somewhere but I don't know where. The Beethoven is my least favourite piece. From what I read, a lot of people do Beethoven to fill up 20 minutes of performance time.

I wish I can remove the Beethoven and fit in the schubert impromptu. And maybe add in Gershwin.

I just really dislike baroque and early classical.
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Posted 08 June 2020 - 17:10

How does this look

1) Schubert Impromptu in Gb
2) Tchaikovsky Romance In F Minor
3) Debussy La Plus Que Lente
4) Gershwin The Man I Love + I got Rhythm.


Has a mix of early romantic/late classical, romantic, impressionist and jazz.

I want to play pieces I believe in and love rather than do a Beethoven Sonata to fill up 20 minutes.
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Posted 11 June 2020 - 05:57

I think your programme looks good for ARSM - first recital diploma.  Play to your strength!  First three pieces are quite steady in tempo, so having Gershwin spices up!

Best of luck!


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Posted 11 June 2020 - 08:34

That programmes fine, its sufficiently varied.   (Cannot understand those who dont like Baroque and early Classical though, but then I dont play much late Romantic - I go from early romantic to 20th C)   . Incidentally as you've dropped the Beethoven, but there are three in C Minor Op10 No 1, Op 13 (Pathétique) and the very last one Op111 (Difficult!). I assume you would have done Op10 No1.


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Posted 11 June 2020 - 08:35

To each their own- I like baroque and Mozart, but not fond of Beethoven or Schubert.
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Posted 20 June 2020 - 07:09

Nobody should play Beethoven to fill up time. It is the worst insult. Millions of us would love to play Beethoven, so leave him to us and you enjoy what you enjoy! I think your proposed programme sounds good, and if it's all pieces you enjoy, it should be fun learning them! 


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