Those of you who’ve been following me for a while know that I took my RCM Grade 10 exam a while back, and got a pretty brutal mark. I’m finally getting back into the swing of things and I’m aiming to re-do the exam in January 2020 – about half a year from now.
Luckily, I only need to re-do the repertoire portion of the exam. Below are the pieces I’ll be working on for the exam. Wish me luck and stay tuned!
List A (Baroque)
Bach’s WTC #13: Prelude and Fugue in F# Major
I chose a piece with a key signature of six sharps because I hate myself (obviously). It’s a pretty little set though. Definitely the hardest of the bunch.
2. List B (Classical)
Beethoven Sonata no. 5 in C minor
My piano teacher suggested this sonata to me, and I’m having a lot of fun with it so far.
List C: Romantic
I’ve already learned this piece, so it’s really just a matter of re-learning it and doing it better. I love Tchaikovsky and I’m happy to be taking a break from Liszt, who I slaved over in my original grade 10 exam.
List D: Early 20th Century
Amy Beach: Barcarolle op. 28 no. 1
I thought it would be cool to step outside the Debussy box and learn a composition by a female (American) composer. Haven’t even started this one yet, but I’m excited to!
List E: Modern
Pierre Gallant: Variations on Land of the Silver Birch
My husband demanded that I play this one for my grade 10 exam again – it was his favorite from my original set. It’s also based on a Canadian folk tune, so that’s cool too. Excited to re-learn this one. It was the only piece from my original exam I actually got a good mark on, so I decided to keep it.
I might do a few updates as to my progress with these pieces if I feel there’s anything you’ll find useful. Stay tuned and see you next week!