After 6 months of deliberation, trying out various pieces and rejecting a few recital programmes, I have come up with what I hope is my final LTCL Recital Diploma programme. There are three exams beyond Grade 8 – Associate, Licentiate and Fellowship. Preparations for my ATCL Diploma took just over a year but I anticipate the LTCL Diploma to take nearer to two years. The exam is a 37 – 43 minute recital.
Alban Berg – Sonata op.1 (11 minutes)
Olivier Messiaen – Noël from Vingt Regards Sur l’Enfant Jesus (5 minutes)
Rodgers/Hough – Carousel Waltz (5 mins)
Samuel Barber – Excursions (12 mins)
Dohnanyi – Rhapsody in C (5 mins)
The programme covers music written in the 20th Century by Russian, French, American and Austrian composers.
Berg, Sonata – This video is in two parts. This is played by one of my favourite pianists, Marc-Andre Hamelin.
Messiaen, Noël – Something cheery for the festive season!
Barber, Excursions no.3 – A lovely little folk melody based on an American cowboy song. I thought this looked simple but then I noticed the cross rhythm of 7 against 8 on the first page. It’s a bit of a headache, but manageable, or so I thought until the cross-rhythms become increasingly more complex as the piece goes on! Should be fun trying to learn this, I have never played cross-rhythms other than the more common 3 against 2 and 3 against 3.