PIANO RECITAL CRITIQUES
PIANO RECITAL CRITIQUES
There are two recital critiques to submit via Canvas during the semester (deadlines are in the syllabus). Each should be 750–1000 words long. (This assignment
description, for example has 867 words)
Critiques should be based on piano recital performances attended during the semester.
An original copy of the program for the recital attended must be submitted to your Instructor, or a 15-point penalty will be assessed.
A student who does not actually attend the recital being reviewed will receive zero for the critique and an additional deduction of two full grade letters for the
In rare circumstances, your instructor may substitute the review of specified videorecorded performances for a live recital. This is only at the discretion of the
Your critique should include the following elements:
· The date, time and location of the recital
· The name of the performer
· The names and dates of the pieces performed, and the names of the composers who wrote those pieces.
· Did any of the pieces have individual movements (smaller sections) listed on the program?
· What are the meanings of any titles of pieces or titles of movements?
· Compare the styles of the different pieces on the program. How do pieces written earlier in time sound different from pieces written later in time? You should talk
about dynamics, tempo, and the ways in which the piano is used. Is the piano used to make song-like melodies, or is it being used for rhythmic effect? Are lots of
notes used at the same time, or just a few? Are both rhythm and melody happening at the same time? Be sure to talk about all the pieces on the program.
· From your own knowledge of piano playing so far, describe the physical approach that the performer had to the piano. Describe the performer’s posture, movement, and
overall use of their body.
· What parts of the recital did you really like? Why? Be sure to talk about aspects of the music here—talk about the pieces in terms of melody, rhythm, tempo, dynamics
and so on. You can also talk about the performer’s interpretation.
· What parts of the recital did you enjoy less? Why? Again, be sure to give details about the music and the performer.
· One of the main jobs of a pianist is to make sure that the audience can hear the melody (when there is one)—even when there are lots of other things happening in the
music. How did this pianist succeed in the pieces on this program?
These critiques will be graded as follows:
Clarity of writing: 5 points
Details of recital and performer: 5 points
Discussion of compositional style
(critique of the music): 10 points
Discussion of the performance
(critique of the performer): 10 points
You can easily find a list of performances at: http://www.music.indiana.edu/events/ (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.
The piano recitals are those that contain the name of a single performer, followed by the word “piano” (e.g. “Jane Marie Smith, piano”).
(for those who don’t often attend recitals)
The performer needs the room quiet to be able to concentrate
· Please SIT QUIETLY without talking, and without movement that would disturb others.
· TURN OFF CELLPHONES. Ringing cellphones are amongst the most disturbing things to a performer. Texting—or anything that involves a lit screen—can distract the
performer and fellow audience members.
· LEAVE FOOD AT HOME. Food is not permitted in the concert halls.
· DO NOT ENTER AND LEAVE in the middle of the recital, unless the audience is clapping
· DON’T TAKE NOTES DURING THE RECITAL. It usually makes noise, even if you think you’re being quiet. Just remember what happened, and write it up afterward.
· DON’T TALK during the performance
You must complete the Plagiarism Certification before completing this assignment, or you will receive a score of zero.
This is about your ideas, and your reaction to the recital. Everything that appears in your critique should be in your own words. You may not complete this assignment
with the assistance of other students. You may not copy from: printed articles; books; the internet; from faculty members or from other students without proper
attribution. You may not submit the same material for two different critiques, nor may you submit the same material in fulfillment of the requirements of multiple
different courses. This is a critique, not a research paper—you should really not need to borrow (even with attribution) from anywhere. If you use a music dictionary
or website to provide translations or meanings for piece or movement titles, be sure to give this information in a footnote. Stealing words from anywhere is
plagiarism. This will result in a grade of “F” for the course, and a report to the Dean of Students. If you are discovered to have shared your work with someone else
who turns in a copy of your words for credit, your course grade will be lowered by two full letter grades. To review University standards defining misconduct, see:
http://www.iu.edu/~code/code/responsibilities/academic/index.shtml (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.