Today, I realized that my LRSM piano performance program is very heavily skewed towards the late Romantic. Then, on a whim, I calculated the estimated length of my practical... and came up 1 minute short of the minimum required length. 35 minutes. How could I do this to myself? Ugh.
This is my program right now:
Chopin Scherzo n1 in B Minor, Op 20- approx 9 minutes 30 seconds
Bach Chromatic Fantasia and Fugue in D Minor, BWV 903- approx 11 minutes
Scriabin Sonata n4 in F#, Op 30- approx 8 minutes
Together with the
Faur? Barcarolle n5 in F# Minor, Op 66- approx 6 minutes
and allowing for 30 seconds of silence between pieces/movements: a total of 35 minutes.
I only see two options right now: the first would be to take my chances with the homogenous program and drag out the pieces to compensate for the missing minute, which would still be slightly dangerous (and it would make me miserable, since I usually favor a faster interpretation). The second option... Luckily, I sort of despise the Faur? Barcarolle. Replacing the Faur? with a longer, more beautiful piece from the Classical period will give me a more balanced program. Even without the time issue, my recital would be very homogenous. Not only is it 75% romantic, but every single piece, even the Bach, has some kind of passionate, wild style.
Of course, the obvious issue with this is that I am already underprepared for the April exams (I still have to memorize the last few pages of the Fugue, learn the notes of the last pages of the Faure, and I'm not even halfway done piecing together the notes of the Scriabin. Oh God, I'm going to fail). A new piece is exactly what I don't need.
So, my big question is: Are the issues with my program's insufficient length and lack of diversity serious enough to warrant learning a totally new piece? And if so, any suggestions? I'm looking for a piece from the Classical period about 8 minutes long, preferably both beautiful and easy to memorize (or, you know, just easy)
Well, actually- Little question: ABRSM really seems to stress the importance of having a balanced program with a variety of style and moods, but I can't find that anywhere on the scoring rubrics they supply on their website. I can't find anything about failing to meet the time quota either, for that matter. Will they take off lots of points for having an unbalanced program that's too short, or only a few? If it's only a few, it'll probably be smarter to keep the program I have right now.
Thanks so much for reading all of that. Any advice at all would be greatly appreciated!