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FRCO recital -- easiest programme?

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I was looking through the recital portion of the FRCO examination and wondered what the easiest choice of programme might be, considering the rubric.

The repertoire list is here: https://www.rco.org.uk/pdfs/ExamRegulations19-20.pdf#page=15.

I thought of an all-German programme, of 24.5 minutes, in this order:

Mendy 4 (movt 1)

Bach BWV662

Hindy 1 (latter part)

Seems straightforward enough. What do you think? What programme might be easier whilst still meeting the rubric?

 

 

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Surely the easiest programme depends on the organist, and how well the know each piece. If you had been playing a particular piece for years, and knew it inside out, surely you might find it easier than a technically less demanding piece, that was completely unknown. 

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I agree that it's a good thing to go for pieces which you find easier to play - no point trying a trio sonata for FRCO unless you're absolutely 110% sure of it.  Another consideration is that the examiners might get tired of the most commonly played pieces so it's not a bad idea to go for the less well-known ones.  I played Bach's prelude on 'Dies sind die heiligen zehn Gebot", Howells's Psalm Prelude Set 2 no. 3 and the first movement of the Harwood Sonata many years ago when I struck it lucky (Vaughan Williams also played the Harwood for the same exam some years previously).

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I’m sure everything has changed since I took it in 1981. I played the big Bach Vater Unser from ClavierÜbung III, one of the hardest things I’ve ever learned, a Howells Psalm Prelude and the Leighton Paean which I’d learned at least 4 years earlier. I passed the practical first time but failed the paperwork, despite having just got a 2nd Class degree in Music from Oxford. Go figure!

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22 hours ago, David Drinkell said:

the first movement of the Harwood Sonata many years ago when I struck it lucky (Vaughan Williams also played the Harwood for the same exam some years previously).

I also played the Harwood for FRCO but I've never, ever played it since! 

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