Hong Kong Festival 2017 - Grade 1 Piano
Bourree in E minor ~ MozartTips:
1/ A 2-in-a-bar tempo of about minim = 72 - 76 works well.
2/ Be certain to phrase the RH in a dance like way.
3/ Hold the LH minims and achieve a legato on the lower ascending notes (Bars 1/2 etc).
4/ Use dynamics appropriately.
Lament ~ Grechaninov
1/ A tempo of about crotchet = 96 works well. Be careful not to play it too slowly or the mood will became too cautious.
2/ Always get the RH to 'sing' cantabile.
3/ Observe the LH staccato notes and let the tone be much quieter than the RH.
4/ Play expressively with rubato - it is a song...a lament.
5/ Observe the detailed slurring between hands in bars 9 - 12.
6/ Note the slight accelerando towards bar 12.
7/ Take plenty of time in the ritardando in bar 13 and in the final bars too.
Ragtime on Parade ~ Bober
1/ A metronome mark of between 72 - 80 to the minim is good for this piece, but don't play it too quickly!
2/ Play it with a quick 4 time feel, not in 2 time.
3/ Be very firm with the fingers and nicely rhythmic.
4/ Observe the quieter dynamics in bar 18 and the slower tempo.
5/ Hold the final LH note for 3 beats and don't slow down.