QUOTE(Gerry Armstrong @ Mar 7 2009, 12:34 AM)
I'd like to ask the Teachers here a question about Piano Exam Repetoire, specifically how it is played in exams.
Is it the norm that the repeats in pieces are not played?
Nothing is quite so simple.
The extreme cases are easy. The basic rule is that you DON'T repeat major sections like an entire exposition, or an entire development section of a sonata, But you DO obey the repeats of short sections where the structure of the music would be destroyed if you omitted them, Beethoven often repeated just a few bars in a context where you absolutely must obey the repeat.
This naturally leaves a grey area of repeated sections that are short - but not that short - for example many of the variations in Mozart's sets of variations. Repeat them or not? You have to use your own judgement - but no examiner should punish you if you don't make the same choice that he would have done.