QUOTE(owainsutton @ Mar 28 2012, 07:19 PM)
QUOTE(incognito @ Mar 28 2012, 05:17 PM)
I actually wish ABRSM did the decent thing and supplied sheet music for all the pieces. After all you only generally play 3 of them.
For a collection of nine carefully-chosen and well-edited pieces, the ABRSM books are an absolute bargain, especially as one doesn't need to buy piano parts or CDs unless wanted. I'd suggest that a lot of pupils do play more than three of the pieces, if not learning then at least in order to choose which they prefer.
To our untrained ears all the list C pieces sound pretty uninspiring to learn, but I do appreciate they are testing for a different style
I've encouraged a couple of pupils to tackle Slow & Fast instead of For Latin Lovers - it's certainly not uninspiring, although the performance on the ABRSM CD could well be (I've not heard it myself, but in general warn against using them as a basis for assessing the appeal of pieces, tending to be very vanilla middle-of-the-road performances).
I accept your point that if you use all the material it is good value. I think I based my comment in part on the fact that the last ABRSM grade 3 exam my daughter took, she took two pieces that we already owned in the Suzuki books..and only one from the ABRSM book- and really haven't used the book for much more- At any rate, this series is now out of date for the new syllabus and for my younger twin daughters who are just about to consider grade 3 I will have to buy another. If we had wanted to choose any of the other pieces, then I have to buy entire books of music for individual pieces. For myself the problem could get worse if the twins decide to play different pieces. For me it would be handy if ABRSM put on the pieces to listen to on the internet..and for me to download sheet music for those pieces I intend to use- This could include the piano part too.
Just listened to another youtube version of fast and slow. Even Perlman couldn't get me to like it. I appreciate that's more likely a deficiency in myself. I don't 'get' Janacek either, but have a violinist friend who loves it. Trouble is the way we work in this house is to try and find pieces that both of us like- there being more chance of it being practiced.