To be honest, I am beyond bored with DipABRSM repertoire. I took the exam once and just missed the pass mark, I spent a year and a half preparing a retake only for my teacher to tell me it wasn't the best idea after all and it was better for me to just learn things I enjoyed playing as she could tell I was bored senseless with my diploma program.
For the record, were I to take DipABRSM in the near future, my program would be:
Bach P&F in G minor (4/5 mins)
Beethoven Sonata op 26 (20 mins)
Szymanowsky Etude op 4/3 (5 mins)
Takemitsu Rain Tree Sketch II (4/5 mins)
Total timing c. 33-5 mins
If I do eventually go through with this, I'd be interested to hear what people think about Szymanowsky qualifying as Romantic? I know he is at the latest end of the period, but I would only count works such as the Metopes as " modern", those etudes are all clearly late romantic in my view?
Alternatively, I have just found out that a university degree including a final performance recital (which mine does) and a course tutor reference (they have already given me glowing ones for other things) is an acceptable prerequisite for LRSM. So I could just bypass DipABRSM which I am sick and tired off and go for LRSM, having spent the last 4 years playing nothing but that kind of level of repertoire anyway.
Obviously if I did LRSM I would not do it for a while yet, definitely not even beginning to prepare this side of my degree. I think the fresh/in my opinion 'better' repertoire that involves will motivate me a LOT more than perfecting that program for DipABRSM would.
What are people's views?