Do these pieces contrast enough for auditions?

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Do these pieces contrast enough for auditions?

Postby Mahlerian » Sun Sep 08, 2013 10:37 pm


I'm going to be auditioning to get into a competitive BM program at my dream college. Here are the pieces I'd really like to play:

Bach Prelude & Fugue in G Minor
Haydn's Sonata in D Major
Brahms Intermezzo Op. 117 No. 2
Debussy's The Sunken Cathedral

Now I was wondering, does the Brahms Intermezzo and The Sunken Cathedral contrast enough? I know they're both pretty lyrical, but they're also written quite differently. Any input on these selections would be fabulous. Thank you!

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Re: Do these pieces contrast enough for auditions?

Postby StuKautsch » Mon Sep 09, 2013 10:49 pm

I'm familiar only with the Brahms and Debussy. I think you have nothing to worry about: the Brahms is a piece of abstract music whose lyricism leans more on its melody than the Debussy. The latter is a piece of program music which must rely to some extent on 'effects', at which Debussy was a master. And it's definitely heading toward impressionism.
It's an interesting question, though, and I had to play through them in my head. But I think if you don't bring it up, no one will notice.
Sorry I can't help with the Bach or Haydn; there are plenty of Bach experts here; hopefully one of them will see this posting.
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Re: Do these pieces contrast enough for auditions?

Postby musical-md » Tue Sep 10, 2013 1:19 am

Bach, Classical, Romantic and early 20th century. Yes they are sufficiently different. Just don't expect to play all of it. I would think maybe the fugue, the exposition of the 1st movmement (or from development to end) or entire single movement of your choice from the sonata, and then your choice of either the Brahms with interruption at the return of the A section, or the Debussy, but maybe both. Whatever you do, don't just play notes, make sure your notes are just the means of making music! Good luck and please, which is your "dream college"?
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Re: Do these pieces contrast enough for auditions?

Postby Mahlerian » Thu Sep 12, 2013 1:46 am

My top choice is St. Olaf College. It's not far out of my reach at all, acceptance wise. However, I want the best audition possible for their music department admission.

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Re: Do these pieces contrast enough for auditions?

Postby hreichgott » Fri Sep 13, 2013 8:09 pm

Well hello there Mahlerian! I think I've seen you somewhere before :)

Looks like a good program. The pieces have plenty of contrast. Do not worry about playing more than one slow piece. The only thing that might demand some worry is the selection of a relatively intermediate level 20th c piece alongside pieces from the other periods that are more the expected level for college auditions. You don't want to give the impression that you just haven't played much 20th c rep and are reaching back a few years to the last nominally 20th thing you played. But if you really love Sunken Cathedral then make sure you're playing it in a well-thought-through manner with really good control of volume and tone, so it sounds appreciably different from an intermediate student. Sometimes technically easier pieces can turn out to be showcases for artistic ability. Don't let the opportunity pass you by. Good luck!

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