How to program a solo recital
I need advice on how to go about picking out repertoire for a future recital next year.
How much should the repertoire be contrasting or non-contrasting? How do professionals usually go about programming concerts and recitals?
From the recitals I've seen, it usually goes like this:
Most recitals these days are 60 or 90 minutes (including intermission), rather than 2 hours. A professional two-hour recital will often have a "serious" first hour (sonata-heavy) and a "showpiece" second hour.
I have this idea of planning a recital around some motto to theme. A half serious example: The theme would be "coup de foudre" ("falling in love" does not quite have same ring).
"I have this idea of planning a recital around some motto to theme."
For a student/college recital you have to have a variety of techniques and music eras, so it will not have an aesthetic focus. For my faculty recitals I like to have a theme. Last year I did stuff from Spain and Latin America. My next one will be music from East Europe; Bartok, Enescu, etc. What really helps is that I will not be trying to play anything beyond my technical limits, and I want my shows to be entertaining (!).
The late Aaron Rosand had his own preference on how to program a recital. You can find it in a video he did for the Violin channel on youtube.
Thank you all for taking the time to respond, a lot of helpful and interesting info!
Recitals I heard generally started with something baroque - but that's before period instruments swept all before them!
Please--for the love of all things sacred (and profane)--don't do all the repeats if you program a Bach solo sonata.