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Final Year Recital

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My final year (degree) recital will be this time next year, and so I am seriously considering what I want to play. I am not sure that I will be able to play all these pieces convincingly (so I will work at them over the summer to see what is unrealistic or not), but nevertheless these are the pieces I am thinking I would LIKE to play.
I need 40-50 mins of music, but cannot play concertos.
I have put ones together that could take one spot (eg the sonatas) in the recital, but please feel free to disagree!

Sonata - Feld
Sonata - Albright
Sonata - Yoshimatsu

Prelude, Cadence et Finale - Desenclos (definitely gonna do this one)

Sequenza VIIb - Berio
Grab It! - ter Veldhuis
Urban Myths - Cutler
Garden of Love - ter Veldhuis

Meditation - Kaufmann
Vocalise - Rachmaninoff

Klonos - Swerts (I'd like to finish with this)

Any feedback would be greatly appreciated, on what to play out of these for my degree recital, things that shouldn't be programmed together etc etc.

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Grab it! Is always a winner. Also provides a nice contrast being a tenor work and with tape. Would be a nice change from the heavy nature of descenclos and klonos. I always like the idea of mixing up the program e.g. not playing everything with piano or having similar sounding pieces.

Also, seeing its your final recital, you'll probably have more time to practice then when you have to start teaching/working. So I recommend that you give some of the harder works a go while you have the time.

Also, seeing its your final recital it might be nice to finish with something light and cheeky. e.g Arno version of the Gershwin preludes, Matitia Rag's (Devil's or Crazy).
Call me prudish. I love Grab It!, but I'm not sure I'd want to play it if my parents were attending....
awholley said:
Call me prudish. I love Grab It!, but I'm not sure I'd want to play it if my parents were attending....
I agree, if you decide to play Grab It! you should give some explanation and background before you play it. It would still be offensive but with more of an artistic context.
Personally I think Garden of Love is a better piece and would fit better on your recital.
If your worried about Grab It!, just put in a language warning an explanation of the piece. I've seen old phobies love this piece.
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