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Aug 20 2012, 07:35 PM
Joined: 7-January 12
Member No.: 384391
I know I've posted similar threads about a million times, but soon I'll have to choose which conservatoires to audition for. I've noticed that the RAM has recently been added to CUKAS, so I thought I may as well audition for them as well, or I may decide to audition there in place of another conservatoire. I'm a bit confused as to their audition requirements, as they specify a free-choice programme of solo piano music, a minimum of three works and lasting between 20 and 40 minutes. I understand everywhere else simply wants 3 pieces lasting around 15-20 minutes, for which I have chosen:
Bach WTCII No.12 in F Minor
Schubert D664 op.120 in A Major, Mvmt 1
Granados El Pelele from Goyescas
This probably won't be acceptable for RAM, but can someone specify what they mean by "works?" Do they mean an entire sonata, for example, or do they mean movements from a particular sonata? If I was going to audition for RAM I'd probably learn all the Schubert, another P+F and then probably add the Poulenc Melancolie to the programme, and I think that should be enough. Can anyone explain these requirements and tell me if it is a good idea to audition to RAM?
Aug 20 2012, 07:47 PM
Joined: 21-July 09
Member No.: 71077
If I remember correctly, despite asking you to prepare a 20-40 minute recital program, they will only listen to bits of it (15-20 minutes). The Royal Academy (based on what I've heard) would also prefer it if you have a more diverse range of styles than you have suggested. Perhaps:
Baroque piece (Bach WTC)
Classical piece (Mozart/Haydn)
Romantic Virtuoso Etude (Chopin/Liszt)
Late romantic piece (Rachmaninov)
Impressionist piece (Debussy/Ravel/Faure)
Modern/Contemporary piece (Kapustin etudes... perhaps compose something yourself for it?)
If your audition playing is technically secure, musical, stylistic, beautiful and covers a diverse repertoire... You shouldn't go wrong! Good luck!
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