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#16 Clovis

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Posted 08 December 2018 - 12:26

Do you know if they focus on one piece in the viva voce or whether they do try to ask you something about every piece?  I am struggling with prep for the Makholm as there is so little on him available.  

 

 

 

They'll probably ask you something on every piece, plus a general 'why did you select this programme?'. The last will be 'and do you have anything else to add?'.

A question on using the score might come up for the Makholm, especially if everything else is from memory.

 

I had to discuss the formal and tonal structure of that Mozart, the same for a Bach fugue, point out which piece I found the most challenging and how I addressed these issues, and why I'd chosen a particular adjective in my notes (for Shostakovich). Mozart's keyboard will certainly come up.


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Posted 08 December 2018 - 12:57

It's also worth remembering, twinklefingers, that if there isn't much available on the Makholm the examiners will probably know less than you do! They don't have the benefit of knowing what you are playing in advance so the questions are likely to be quite general. They might ask you how you went about preparing the piece for performance (in addition to the very good points made by Clovis).


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Posted 08 December 2018 - 22:57

 

I'm looking at DipABRSM  Clarinet next year. Just sat my grade 8 as I haven't any evidnece of my previous exam.

Oooh good, well done you cmw, we clatinettists will be following your progress. What are you planning to play?

 

Finzi - Bagatelles, Stanford Intermezi  and Burgmuller Grand Duo


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#19 Wai Kit Leung

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Posted 09 December 2018 - 08:02

I love the Finzi Bagatelles. I heard Burgmuller Grand Duo on radio and thought it was nice also.

Finzi - Bagatelles, Stanford Intermezi and Burgmuller Grand Duo


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Posted 09 December 2018 - 14:57

Yes I have accompanied Finzi Bagatelles, great pieces !


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#21 Clarimoo

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Posted 10 December 2018 - 23:06

Nice proogramme cmw smile.png

 

I am another big fan of  the Finzi Bagatelles, and the Burgmuller Duo.

The Stanford is lovely too, but when I play it, it all sounds very un-lovely; I think I am missing the vital ingredient (must try harder).

Best wishes for your diploma preparations, please do keep us posted on how things are going!


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#22 The Land

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Posted 11 December 2018 - 12:11

for the Viva Voce you might find this useful! Please add your questions after the exam :)

https://www.abrsm.or...showtopic=58928

 

If there's an unusual composer there, then there's more chance of the examiners being led by what is either in the score or in your programme notes. If you write the programme notes based on what you can find out, you can guide the examiners to an extent in asking questions in areas where you have something to say. And also, be prepared to talk about the structural features of the score.  


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#23 twinklefingers

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Posted 11 December 2018 - 16:07

So, it's all done! Feels a bit surreal...I had a major memory block at the start of the mozart but managed to carry on and the rest of the programme went ok. Nerves definitely got the better of me but I'm pleased I did it.

Questions were:
How did you decide on your programme

Mozart
How is the structure of this sonata different to his other sonatas?
Can you describe the structure of the third movement with reference to the music.
Was then asked about the key of one of the sections
The technical difficulties of the sonata as a whole.

Chopin
Asked about romanticism and how music changed during this period

Rachmaninoff
Asked how music differed and moved on later in the 19th century.

Makholm
Asked about the structure of the first impression.
What makes it jazz? Asked to point out some syncopated rhythms.
Asked about the blues scale in the 2nd impression.

The quick study was pretty difficult compared to the examples in the ABRSM practice book! But I think it went ok.

Now it's the long wait...I know they say up to three months but do they tend to come through quicker in other people's experience?
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#24 Clarimoo

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Posted 11 December 2018 - 16:44

notworthy.gif I am in awe,  well done twinklefingers. We all look foreward  to your celebration party in the Spring!


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#25 twinklefingers

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Posted 11 December 2018 - 18:07

:notWorthy: I am in awe,  well done twinklefingers. We all look foreward  to your celebration party in the Spring!


Thank you!
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#26 Clovis

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Posted 11 December 2018 - 19:57


Now it's the long wait...I know they say up to three months but do they tend to come through quicker in other people's experience?

I got my last diploma results on the last possible date that ABRSM gave. Family members had started phoning their offices...


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#27 twinklefingers

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Posted 12 December 2018 - 07:07

Oh no! I'll settle in for the long wait then...

Good luck for yours - Let us know how it goes!
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#28 Clovis

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Posted 13 December 2018 - 20:37

Exam over – phew!

 

Viva questions (LRSM piano):

 

How did you put your programme together? [I gave a long answer to this]

follow-up: what other pieces did you learn before finalising the repertoire?

How is the modern instrument suited to your programme?

 

Bach P&F C sharp (WTC II/3)

You mention the prelude is built around a chord progression. Please name some of the chords

Point out stretto in the fugue

Do you think dynamics are appropriate in Bach

 

Webern Variations for Piano

Point out the tone row in mvt III (I duly count out the first twelve notes: do you want me to go further? 'NO!!!')

 

Messiaen Regard des prophetes, des bergers et des Mages (VR XVI)

You mention the piece is framed by a palindrome. Please point this out in the score

You mention that Messiaen stood outside the Western mainstream tradition – what were his main influences?

 

Ligeti Etude No.5 Arc-en-ciel

You mention certain melodic motifs. Please point these out

 

Boulez Notations

Name some more works by Boulez

 

Debussy Hommage a Rameau

Nothing asked on this

 

Rameau Gavotte and 6 doubles

How do you feel about using pedal in this piece


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#29 The Land

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Posted 14 December 2018 - 12:25

Interesting Clovis - thanks! LRSM questions are even scarcer to see. It's interesting (to me) that there seems to be only one question about interpretation, and the rest are about structure and history...


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#30 Clovis

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Posted 14 December 2018 - 16:47

I think I would have had more searching questions had my repertoire been more standard. They were heavily reliant on my notes for subject matter, and I never got to discuss recordings or explain what happened between Bach and Debussy – both of which I was expecting.

 

A friend with a more conventional LRSM recital was asked, in addition to picking up on things in the notes:

why she had chosen those pieces

what recordings she'd listened to, and what she'd had played differently and why

which piece was the most technically challenging


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