Greetings, all. I would like to get some feedback regarding the advisability of including both a Bach Toccata and a Beethoven Sonata in a DipABRSM programme.
I have made a large amount of progress on my ARSM programme (exam date next May - eight more months), and the Professor (that's what I call my teacher - a retired conservatory department chair) has suggested that we start working a little on my DipABRSM programme. So I find myself needing to start finalizing the DipABRSM programme earlier than expected.
He's my proposed programme:
- Bach - Toccata in E minor, BWV 914
- Beethoven - Sonata in G, Op. 14 No. 2
- Chopin - Nocturne in E, Op. 62 No.2.
- Debussy - La Puerta del Vino
I'm a little concerned about including both the toccata and the sonata. Both are lengthy, weighty works, though the sonata is nearly twice the length. Would the examiners ding me for this, or am I overthinking it? Has anyone done something like this before, and if so, how did it go?
The toccata and sonata are both multi-movement works, but there is considerable diversity of form. The toccata has four movements:
- Relatively slow prelude
- Slightly faster four-voice fugato
- A fantasia-like adagio
- And ending with a rip-roaring three-voice fugue
The sonata has three movements:
- Sonata allegro form
- Theme and variations
So there's no overlap in terms of form.
So what do you folks think? Should I go for the toccata and sonata, or should I replace the toccata with a bog-standard prelude and fugue from the WTC? (A P&F would not be the end of the world... I'm happy to study anything form the WTC.)