(Original post by Boggieeiggob)
Ooooooooohhhh, I was just thinking anything grand and moving >_>' well my repertoire ain't great ;A; so I don't know really ><' I forgot what it's called but there's a piece JS Bach wrote for I think the Austrian Emperor once and there was a bit that Bach talked about and it went something like "you might notice that there is a constant rising sequence that ascends constantly like your greatness" or something. That might be good.
LOL, I'll be lucky to have even learnt my full programme by this coming Easter let alone refine it and make programme notes but thank you anyway
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I've now taken my diploma
about half of my pieces went exactly as planned no misfires and I played my interpretation as well as I could have. Unfortunately my Prokofiev piece became very messy at one point, and I smudged the octaves in the Rachmaninov at the end
but everything was musically correct and interesting, so I'm hoping I'll only lose a few marks off of Techniques, which is only 30% of what you're marked on anyway
. My advice to you is to perform your whole repertoire in concert beforehand which I didn't manage to do-had A levels and a Beethoven sonata to work on. As well as this, I think the piece which you mentioned is more likely to be Beethoven's Hammerklavier sonata, as Bach lived his life in Germany and I found no reference to pieces dedicated to Austrian Emperors. Beethoven however wrote his Hammerklavier sonata so that the words "Vivat, Vivat Rodolphus" could be chanted along with the first chords, the Archduke Rudolf being the last member of the family of Austro-Hungarian emperors who then died of syphilis. Rudolf was a patron of Beethoven's and helped him in many ways, and Beethoven would probably have said something of his greatness after he composed the Hammerklavier. Well if you meant a different piece, please tell me, but I'm certain you won't find a major work by JS Bach dedicated to the Austrian Emperor, definitely not with any conversations between Bach and the emperor as Bach lived his life as director of the Collegium Musicum, when he composed many of his works, and in Weimar or earlier, as a relatively local composer, even when he did travel he spent almost his entire life in Germany, and although his works certainly came to the attention of the Austrians, I don't think he received any offers of patronage or similar opportunities which would have caused him to meet the Austrian royals.
I'm not a snob
I just love both these composers and had a lot to say! But please tell when you find the piece you meant.