QUOTE(Dannee @ Dec 3 2005, 09:18 PM)
I'm taking my grade 6 exam on the 6th December (3 days from now) so I need some fast responses please!
I am learning Corant, Vals Poetico and Feelin' Good. On the 3rd page of Corant it has many mordents (Don't know if this on it. However, my teacher has been teaching me these as reversed mordents - a mistake I only realised yesterday when listening to the Grade 6 CD. I'm just curious to know if playing these mordents the wrong way around will lose a lot of marks - I'm currently trying to re-learn the whole of the 3rd page in a very short amount of time; quite hard when you've been learning the opposite of it for at least 3 months previously!
I haven't got the syllabus here, but I assume your Corant was written no more recently than the 18th century. I think it's highly likely that your teacher's interpretation of the ornaments is as valid as the one on the CD, and I wouldn't change them at this stage. If the performance is otherwise stylish and accurate the exact way you play the ornaments is extremely unlikely to to make a big difference to the mark.
Anyway let me know, I would also like to hear if any piano teachers you have had have taught you the wrong thing for an exam as well, and how you overcame this problem (and if you actually noticed it in time!). This isn't really a problem I've ever had before so I'd be interested to hear if anyone else has had this. I think mine is going mad - I listened to Vals Poetico on CD and my teacher told me I had been playing it far too fast, when actually I had been playing it far too slow.
If it is musically satisfactory at the speed you've been playing it, don't change it. Metronome marks are an indication, not a straitjacket. I'm fairly sure that ABRSM no longer makes it entirely clear in its publications anyway whether metronome marks come from the composers or from some unnamed editor. Perhaps someone from the Board will jump in and correct me if I'm wrong about that. Having CDs of exam music is quite a dangerous idea, because it obviously makes some people feel uncomfortable if they don't follow that interpretation. I wonder if the examiners are hearing lots of clone performances these days. What a horrible thought!
I take a lot of pleasure from turning dots on a page, together with any other clues the composer provides, into music.
Best of luck with the exam,