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Discussion in 'Repertoire' started by hunwoo, Mar 20, 2007.

  1. hunwoo

    hunwoo New Member

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    Hi, I'm entering a piano competition in July this year.
    I decided to play Bach Partita no.6 as my first piece.
    But I can only play one of them because of the time limit.
    Can you guys tell me which one out of Toccata, Allemande, Courante, AIR, Sarabande, Tempo Di Gavotta, and Gigue is best choice to perform in the competition?
    I'm thinking of something thats short, not too long (less than 4 miuntes at most)
    Thanks for the help
     
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    For a competition, the Toccata. It's the most virtuostic.

    Whar other composers are you playing at this contest? That might have some bearing on which movement of the Partita you should play.
     
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    I need to perform 3 contrasting pieces.
    I was thinking of 1st or 3rd movement of Appassionata and Chopin Ballade no.1
    The time limit is 25 minutes though.
     
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    I think that its ok :) I don't know the toccata but the appasionata part 3 and ballade are very difficult. :shock:

    which competition you want to enter?
     
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    Its a national competition in New Zealand, I doubt you'll know about it.
    I need to decide what pieces I should play quick. The competition is on July.
    Toccata is really good but I think its too long.
     
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    Since you have two fiery dramatic pieces in the Beethoven and Chopin, play the Sarbande, that will give you a nice lyrical contrast ( and a break for your fingers ).
     
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    About the appassionata; IMO, the third movement should not be played in isolation, I would pick the first. Also, Beethoven gives the performer more room to be expressive in the first movement.

    It has some very tricky rhythms, too. I've heard plenty of otherwise great performances, where the pianist doesn't play with precision what Beethoven wrote.

    Good Luck!

    Pete
     

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