My next few blog posts will be tips on some of my favourite pieces from the ABRSM Grade 8 repertoire lists. Even if you aren’t working towards your Grade 8,
Grade 8: The Penultimate Grade Blog snapshot – my recommendations at a glance! Muller: Concerto in E minor Op 19 John Ranish: Sonata in A minor Nineteenth Century Italian Music
Blog snapshot – my recommendations at a glance! Giuseppe Rabboni: Sonata No 4 in D major from Sonatas for Flute and Piano Telemann: Sonata in G major Frederick the Great:
Blog snapshot – my recommendations at a glance! Drouet: Allegro Moderato from Sonata in A minor (Three Little Sonatas) Giuseppe Rabboni: Sonata No 8 in C major from Sonatas for
Blog snapshot – my recommendations at a glance! 300 Years of Flute Music Drouet: Rondeau from Sonata in A minor (Three Little Sonatas) Frederick the Great: Allegro assai from Sonata in
By the time we reach this more advanced level, playing skills should be at the point where the choice of repertoire is based on stylistic considerations rather than technical ones.
By the time a pupil reaches the level of the intermediate grades 4 and 5, repertoire needn’t be governed by an exam syllabus. Pieces outside of the ‘exam books’ therefore become increasingly important as a player begins to widen their musical horizons.
The publication of a new ABRSM syllabus is about as big an event as it gets in the publishing world these days, and having a piece set for grades 1-3 will generate a great deal of interest. The two parts of the listing (the AB books themselves and the extra set repertoire) will represent a large part of the material used by many teachers over the next four years, so it is fascinating to see what we have in store and how we can make it work for us.