Hong Kong Festival 2017 - Grade 3 Piano
March in G - C.P.E.Bach
1/ A good two-in-a-bar tempo is needed. Minim = 69/72 works well. It should not be played as if in 4 time.
2/ Work at RH fingering especially in the opening bars for consistency and change it from the printed suggestion if needed.
3/ The articulation should be mostly detached (not too short). Slurring from first to second quavers (e.g. bars 10/11 & 14/15 etc) adds a nice bit of variety.
4/ Add a trill in bar 7 & 20 by using 4 semiquavers, beginning on the note above the main note.
5/ Repeated notes should be quite light in tone and the LH always played with a sense of musical direction.
Sonatina in C major - Latour
1/ The tempo indication is Allegretto and 4 in-a-bar not 2. It must sound poised and elegant.
2/ Let the phrasing rise and fall with a natural lyrical shape as the RH line goes up and down.
3/ Keep LH tone light and the balance always in favour of the RH.
4/ Observe the dynamic contrasts well for maximum variety.
5/ In ff at the end make it an enjoyable bouncy loud sound, not heavy handed and hard in quality.
Reaper's Song - Schumann
1/ Bright and optimistic - this is the mood. Dotted crotchet = 88 - 96 is quick enough. It should sound fun. not hectic.
2/ The frequent 2nd beat accent should be natural and not sudden or harsh. It adds a little weight and momentum to the line and should never sound like an ugly accent.
3/ shape the forte sections with really good legato in 4 bar phrases.
4/ Practice RH double notes (bars 29 - 32) slowly and build up to tempo gradually.
5/ Use pedal as suggested to emphasize the second beat of bars. Bars 13 - 19 should be played legato without pedal.
6/ No rit is needed at the end. A tempo and rhythmic throughout.