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It's that time of year again - time to decide what themed recitals we will have in 2022. This year we had the quarterly recitals in February, May, August, and November, and the themed recitals the month before, in January, April, July, and October. I think that worked very well, and we had good participation. The quarterlies have about 50 submissions, the themed average around 40.

Here is the history of all the themed recitals we have had:

Grieg Sept 2013
Joplin March 2014
Tchaikovsky April 2014
Schumann March 2015
Great American Songbook Sept 2015
Baroque April 2016
Russian Oct 2016
French April 2017
Spanish Latin American Sept 2017
The Waltz March 2018
Debussy June 2018
Slavic Oct 2018
Nordic Oct 2019
Preludes Jan 2020
Beethoven 250th April 2020
Scarlatti July 2020
Rare Gems October 2020
Female Composers January 2021
Piano Transcriptions April 2021
Great American Songbook July 2021
and still to come
Beginner Pieces October 2021

So I would like to open the discussion and voting for themed recitals in 2022. There is no reason why we cannot revisit some themes from the past, or come up with something new. To vote, copy the post after this one and add your favorite theme or increment the number of votes if your favorite is already there.

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1 - Mendelssohn (lots of Songs Without Words at all levels)
1 - Grieg (lots of Lyric Pieces at all levels)
1 - Schumann (lots of short character pieces at all levels)
1 - "Modern" 20th and 21st century music

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2 - Mendelssohn (lots of Songs Without Words at all levels)
1 - Grieg (lots of Lyric Pieces at all levels)
1 - Schumann (lots of short character pieces at all levels)
1 - "Modern" 20th and 21st century music

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2 - Mendelssohn (lots of Songs Without Words at all levels)
1 - Grieg (lots of Lyric Pieces at all levels)
1 - Schumann (lots of short character pieces at all levels)
2 - "Modern" 20th and 21st century music


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2 - Mendelssohn (lots of Songs Without Words at all levels)
1 - Grieg (lots of Lyric Pieces at all levels)
1 - Schumann (lots of short character pieces at all levels)
3 - "Modern" 20th and 21st century music
1 - Theme and Variations



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3 - Mendelssohn (lots of Songs Without Words at all levels)
2 - Grieg (lots of Lyric Pieces at all levels)
2 - Schumann (lots of short character pieces at all levels)
3 - "Modern" 20th and 21st century music
1 - Theme and Variations
1 - Composers of Colour

PianogrlNW - Could you please expand on what you mean by Theme and Variations?

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3 - Mendelssohn (lots of Songs Without Words at all levels)
2 - Grieg (lots of Lyric Pieces at all levels)
2 - Schumann (lots of short character pieces at all levels)
3 - "Modern" 20th and 21st century music
1 - Theme and Variations
1 - Composers of Colour
1 - Nocturnes


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3 - Mendelssohn (lots of Songs Without Words at all levels)
2 - Grieg (lots of Lyric Pieces at all levels)
3 - Schumann (lots of short character pieces at all levels)
3 - "Modern" 20th and 21st century music
1 - Theme and Variations
1 - Composers of Colour
2 - Nocturnes
1 - Dances
1 - Happy music


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3 - Mendelssohn (lots of Songs Without Words at all levels)
2 - Grieg (lots of Lyric Pieces at all levels)
3 - Schumann (lots of short character pieces at all levels)
4 - "Modern" 20th and 21st century music
1 - Theme and Variations
1 - Composers of Colour
2 - Nocturnes
1 - Dances
1 - Happy music
1 - Film music (Main themes of movies)


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3 - Mendelssohn (lots of Songs Without Words at all levels)
2 - Grieg (lots of Lyric Pieces at all levels)
3 - Schumann (lots of short character pieces at all levels)
5 - "Modern" 20th and 21st century music
1 - Theme and Variations
2 - Composers of Colour
2 - Nocturnes
1 - Dances
1 - Happy music
2 - Film music (Main themes of movies)
1 - Any piece of your choosing but first attempt only (so more like a live recital)

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4 - Mendelssohn (lots of Songs Without Words at all levels)
2 - Grieg (lots of Lyric Pieces at all levels)
3 - Schumann (lots of short character pieces at all levels)
5 - "Modern" 20th and 21st century music
1 - Theme and Variations
2 - Composers of Colour
3 - Nocturnes
1 - Dances
1 - Happy music
2 - Film music (Main themes of movies)
1 - Any piece of your choosing but first attempt only (so more like a live recital)
1 - Rare Gems (there are just so many beautiful rare gems out there!)


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4 - Mendelssohn (lots of Songs Without Words at all levels)
3 - Grieg (lots of Lyric Pieces at all levels)
3 - Schumann (lots of short character pieces at all levels)
6 - "Modern" 20th and 21st century music
1 - Theme and Variations
3 - Composers of Colour
3 - Nocturnes
2 - Dances
1 - Happy music
2 - Film music (Main themes of movies)
2 - Any piece of your choosing but first attempt only (so more like a live recital)
1 - Rare Gems (there are just so many beautiful rare gems out there!)

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4 - Mendelssohn (lots of Songs Without Words at all levels)
3 - Grieg (lots of Lyric Pieces at all levels)
3 - Schumann (lots of short character pieces at all levels)
6 - "Modern" 20th and 21st century music
1 - Theme and Variations
3 - Composers of Colour
3 - Nocturnes
2 - Dances
1 - Happy music
3 - Film music (Main themes of movies)
2 - Any piece of your choosing but first attempt only (so more like a live recital)
1 - Rare Gems (there are just so many beautiful rare gems out there!)

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So far we have a clear front-runner - well, by 2 votes, so not all that clear. Then poor Mendelssohn (The Rodney Dangerfield of composers - can't get any respect) has 4. After that there are a bunch of threes.

We need more people to vote, or I will be forced to make a command decision, and nobody wants that!

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4 - Mendelssohn (lots of Songs Without Words at all levels)
3 - Grieg (lots of Lyric Pieces at all levels)
3 - Schumann (lots of short character pieces at all levels)
7 - "Modern" 20th and 21st century music
2 - Theme and Variations
3 - Composers of Colour
3 - Nocturnes
3 - Dances
1 - Happy music
3 - Film music (Main themes of movies)
2 - Any piece of your choosing but first attempt only (so more like a live recital)
1 - Rare Gems (there are just so many beautiful rare gems out there!)
1 - Etudes


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4 - Mendelssohn (lots of Songs Without Words at all levels)
3 - Grieg (lots of Lyric Pieces at all levels)
3 - Schumann (lots of short character pieces at all levels)
7 - "Modern" 20th and 21st century music
2 - Theme and Variations
3 - Composers of Colour
3 - Nocturnes
3 - Dances
2 - Happy music
4 - Film music (Main themes of movies)
2 - Any piece of your choosing but first attempt only (so more like a live recital)
2 - Rare Gems (there are just so many beautiful rare gems out there!)
1 - Etudes

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4 - Mendelssohn (lots of Songs Without Words at all levels)
3 - Grieg (lots of Lyric Pieces at all levels)
3 - Schumann (lots of short character pieces at all levels)
7 - "Modern" 20th and 21st century music
2 - Theme and Variations
3 - Composers of Colour
3 - Nocturnes
3 - Dances
2 - Happy music
4 - Film music (Main themes of movies)
2 - Any piece of your choosing but first attempt only (so more like a live recital)
2 - Rare Gems (there are just so many beautiful rare gems out there!)
1 - Etudes
1 - Opera - arrangements for piano at all levels

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Can we have a discussion instead of only voting?

Perhaps I am mistaken, but I would like to believe that the main idea of the themed recitals is to have some diversity from the same old stuff that everyone plays all the time and get introduced to new pieces/composers. With this in mind I would like to share a few remarks...

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4 - Mendelssohn (lots of Songs Without Words at all levels)
3 - Grieg (lots of Lyric Pieces at all levels)
3 - Schumann (lots of short character pieces at all levels)
Looking at the recitals spreadsheet these composers all get played a lot.

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3 - Nocturnes
I feel this is just going to be another Chopin fest.

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2 - Any piece of your choosing but first attempt only (so more like a live recital)
How are you going to enforce this? Unless the recital is really live (like a Zoom or Discord meeting) I don't think it will work.

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3 - Composers of Colour
Yes for diversity and all but what is a "composer of colour"? The expression "person of colour" is dated/offensive and I think it would be better to qualify this. Besides, I feel this is going to be just another excuse to play lots of Joplin and not really a chance for real diversity.

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Now, IMO, here we can have a lot more diversity and new pieces/composers that haven't been played much... unless everyone plays Einaudi and Debussy.

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2 - Theme and Variations
That is a nice idea. Many composers wrote themes and variations and these aren't so overplayed in the recitals.

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4 - Film music (Main themes of movies)
I like this idea, altough there is a lot of overlap with the "modern" recital. Lots of different arrangements of the same themes are available for different difficulty levels.

Please note that I mean no offense to anyone. These are meant to be points of discussion.

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2 - Any piece of your choosing but first attempt only (so more like a live recital)
How are you going to enforce this? Unless the recital is really live (like a Zoom or Discord meeting) I don't think it will work.

Well you're right, this can't be enforced - there's nothing to stop someone making multiple recordings and passing one of them off as their only attempt - but we'd have to trust that each participant would submit their recording with the spirit of the theme in mind.

I do appreciate this won't appeal to some but as a one-off I think it could be interesting and different. Anyone who's taken part in a live recital, in-person or on online, where you have one attempt only, will appreciate what an memorable (both good and not-so-good) experience that is.

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2 - Any piece of your choosing but first attempt only (so more like a live recital)
How are you going to enforce this? Unless the recital is really live (like a Zoom or Discord meeting) I don't think it will work.

Well you're right, this can't be enforced - there's nothing to stop someone making multiple recordings and passing one of them off as their only attempt - but we'd have to trust that each participant would submit their recording with the spirit of the theme in mind.

I do appreciate this won't appeal to some but as a one-off I think it could be interesting and different. Anyone who's taken part in a live recital, in-person or on online, where you have one attempt only, will appreciate what an memorable (both good and not-so-good) experience that is.
But the appeal of a real live recital is the direct contact between the musician and the audience. I don't think a recorded recital of first takes has the same appeal.

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