Oct 21 2005, 10:21 AM
There are several repeats in this piece with a different first and second ending and a middle D major section that doesn't seem to make an impact with only one appearance.
I know the standard rule is to ignore "repeats of a few bars or more" but this particular example seems a bit more complicated. I would guess that its best to do the first part without repeats at all but possibly do the repeat on the 1st and second endings before the coda after the major section. The major section I suppose only needs to be played once, even though it weakens its effect.
Any ideas on this please?
Oct 21 2005, 10:26 AM
I don't have the music in front of me at the moment but does it not specifically say in the notes at the bottom not to repeat on this one?
Oct 21 2005, 10:44 AM
Gae - there is no mention of repeats in the teachers' notes, and none in the copy, so maybe this would indicate that normal rules apply - ie no repeats.
I am making a bit of a guess here, none of my gr5 students have chosen this piece so I can't say what any have done.
Oct 21 2005, 10:54 AM
I guess the worst thing that could happen if one repeats is that the examiner could ask one to stop playing and missing the end does somewhat lose the effect. I would think, therefore, that one would be safer not doing the repeats; but if you specifically feel that the piece is much better with the repeats then your student would probably be okay if their other pieces are the shorter ones from the other lists. If your student has chosen longer pieces from the other lists the examiner will be more likely to stop them as the reason for not having repeats is to make sure the exam doesn't take too much time. Just a thought.
Oct 21 2005, 11:16 AM
You could do it either way in practice, then your student could ask the examiner whether or not he would like repeats before playing it if you are still unsure.
Oct 21 2005, 11:42 AM
I would hazard a guess that for the exam it is better not to do repeats, as the exams run to a very tight schedule and if everyone doing the Tarantelle did the repeats - even one of them - the examiner would end up running late. The timing of exams is extremely precise and I presume that the Board works out the timings based on no repeats. If it was later performed in a recital of some kind, then yes, I would definitely do all the repeats.
Oct 21 2005, 12:14 PM
There is no mention about repeats in the notes of the piece, only a bit about the metronome speed being a bit fast. I think though, I'll take the safe option and leave out all the repeats and go straight to the second ending before the coda.
Oct 21 2005, 12:18 PM
Can't point you to the right one, Gae, but it says somewhere in the rules that repeats are to be ignored except for da capo.
Oct 21 2005, 04:43 PM
My son is playing this in a few weeks time. We started off with all repeats and now I have taken all the repeats out as the regs say no repeats unless da capo.
I have the CD somewhere so I need to listen to it to see what repeats are included.
Maybe someone from the board can enlighten us
Oct 21 2005, 06:14 PM
I wouldn't advise playing repeats. The AB advise putting the repeats when practising pieces,but then you must take them out for examination performance. Only Da Capos are allowed.
Many years ago...when I was young
there was a G1 piece,where I decided the first line...which was marked p
and then repeated f
should be played. My mistake ...it did sound much better interpretated this way... and it was mentioned in no uncertain terms,that the repeat should not have been played.
Don't do it!
Oct 21 2005, 06:38 PM
a friend of mine is doing this piece for his grade 5 in spring, according to him, teacher doesnt want any repeats in it at all
Oct 21 2005, 08:11 PM
No repeats at all, it is!!!
Oct 21 2005, 09:08 PM
One of my pupils did it in the summer without repeats. The examiner's comments were very positive about it.
Oct 22 2005, 02:10 AM
Gae, I played this piece without repeats in my exam two weeks ago. According to my teacher's instruction and from the RTHK radio channel of of AB exam pieces, there is no need to repeat.
For the speed, the minimum is 132 and the ideal is 160. However due to my nerve, I think my speed at the exam was about 126 and the examiner did not make any comment yet. Have to wait until my result comes out in mid November.
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