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Recital Arrangement Ideas

Posted: Mon Feb 21, 2022 1:47 pm
by StephanW
So, I'm preparing a piano recital with the following pieces, and I've (tentatively) arranged them in this order:

Gran Sonata No. 3 .... Nicolás Ledesma
I. Allegro
II. Andante
III. Tema con Variaciones

Barcarolle .... Jacques Offenbach (transcr. Josef Wöss)
from The Tales of Hoffman

Danza Española 9 (Mazurka Romántica) .... Enrique Granados

Country Gardens .... Percy Grainger

Prelude, Op. 32, No. 5 .... Sergei Rachmaninoff

Chaconne, BWV 1004 .... Johann Sebastian Bach (transcr. Ferruccio Busoni)
from Violin Partita in D Minor

What I'm wondering is whether this is a good arrangement of these pieces, or if I should change the ordering. Specifically, should the Chaconne be at the very end, or just before intermission, or should it be the first piece on the program? I haven't done many recitals, so I'm not too experienced in this. I have thought about swapping the two halves, so I start the first half with Country Gardens, and end it with the Chaconne; then begin the second half with Ledesma and end with Granados. What do y'all think? Thank you.

Re: Recital Arrangement Ideas

Posted: Mon Feb 21, 2022 10:12 pm
by HullandHellandHalifax
Hi Stephan,
Nice to see an imaginative recital programme that doesn't rely on "Standards" but is prepared to give the listeners something that they too must actively listen to.
There are certain rules of thumb (or so I have been told) one is to do with stamina, in other words you don't want the Bach-Busoni at the end, better at the beginnning of the second half when you are fresh and in the groove. The Grainger is a real last work on the programme piece for me, an encore piece if you like. Another rule which makes sense is to program for your first item something you could play in your sleep, that always goes well, the audience feel your confidence and pleasure in playing something you love and can play well. I don't know the Ledesma so you will know what piece to begin with that gives you a great start to the recital. It may be the Rachmaninov or the Granados though my preference would be for the Rachmaninov. It is always a hit with the public, then maybe put the Ledesma as the last item in the first half. Just a few thoughts.
Good luck with the programme and the recital.

Re: Recital Arrangement Ideas

Posted: Tue Feb 22, 2022 12:30 am
by fredbucket
Brian, as usual, makes eminent sense.

From my perspective, I would query the need for an Intermission since I doubt that the overall length of the recital would be much greater than an hour.

My own order would be...


This spaces out what I feel would the two main works (Ledesma / Bach) while providing contrast between them and (as Brian quite correctly points out) leaves the Grainger as a 'popular' finale. Applause, applause...

I hope this helps


Re: Recital Arrangement Ideas

Posted: Thu Jul 14, 2022 11:49 am
by soh choon wee
HullandHellandHalifax wrote: Mon Feb 21, 2022 10:12 pm Hi Stephan,
I don't know the Ledesma so you will know what piece to begin with that gives you a great start to the recital.
Gran Sonata No. 3 .... Nicolás Ledesma

A big surprise for me. Ledesma is born 1965, an Argentina. The piece sounded rather classical to me, quasi-clementi or quasi-Haydn..... definitely not a 20th century piece.

From ... s-Ledesma/
Nicolás Ledesma
Real name: Ledesma, Nicolás
Pianist, leader and composer
(14 June 1965 - )
Place of birth:
General Pico (La Pampa) Argentina

Oops....... initially i wanted to say, the rest of the pieces are densely romantic, and Ledesma may stick out too classical (this is the first time i hear the piece)
And after posting the above..... i came to about 10 minutes part and it is frightening virtuosic........ It may be a good idea to use it to end the concert... surely there will be a lot of talking point for the audiences.

Re: Recital Arrangement Ideas

Posted: Thu Jul 14, 2022 4:07 pm
by Jean-Séb
I am afraid you got the wrong Nicolas Ledesma. The one who composed the grand sonata is definitely classical (although even a bit late 1791-1883) :