I am due to attempt my LRSM Performance for piano in slightly more than one month time and I am beginning to prepare the Program Notes and Viva.
I've ran into a bit of conundrum here. This is my planned program.
Hindemith - Interludium and Fuga Tertia in F (Free choice)
Mozart - Sonata in C Minor K 457
Schubert - Sonata in A Minor K 784
The program is fully memorised and ready to go, but as I plan out the program notes and Viva, I realise I have issue justifying the inclusion of the Hindemith. The 2 sonatas tie into the theme of atypical work of both composers, but the Hindemith is admittedly tacked on because I prefer to have something easy and relaxing to ease me into the program. However, on the actual day, I would choose to begin with the Quick Study anyway, so I would have around 10 minutes to get used to the piano already. On my last run-through of the program I clocked 38:30 for the Mozart and Schubert inclusive of breaks without repeats, and this is already at quite brisk tempo. If I play safe and opts for slightly slower tempi, both Sonatas would clock around 40:00.
So my question, would playing just these two sonatas be appropriate for LRSM? Or should I still put one additional piece as a prelude or an encore piece? My instructor remarked that the playing two big sonatas would be more appropriate for a specialist FRSM program; LRSM he said examiners would still be more receptive towards a generalist program. Besides the Hindemith, I also have following pieces below 5 minutes ready and memorised for a concert I am preparing:
- Liszt's Paganini Study No 5 'La Chasse'
- Scriabin's Etude Op 8 No 12
- Elgar's Salut d'amour