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Thank you reader Alicia for her provision of the following questions from her recent DipABRSM exam. I really appreciate her input in this. As she mentioned that she learnt quite a lot from my site for her preparation of the exam and sent me an email with such useful information below, I hope you all find this equally useful and would in return send me what you got in your exams! Let’s share and help each other out here!


1. Debussy – La Plus que Lente
You mentioned in your program notes that Debussy was influenced by Javanese Gamelan & French Symbolist Movements. Can you explain how did these Javanese Gamelan & French Symbolist Movements influence Debussy?
What does “en serrant” mean? (it’s a tempo marking indicated in the music score which means gradually getting quicker)

2. Chopin – Nocturne Op. 62 No. 2
You mentioned in your program notes that this nocturne was not very much appreciated by the public by the time it was published. Can you explain why?
Do you notice any canon pattern in this nocturne?

3. Beethoven – Piano Sonata Op. 13 (Pathetique Sonata)
How do you interpret a piece of music?
Was the piano of Beethoven’s time similar to modern piano?
Can you point out the sections of the 1st movement? (basically is pointing out which are the introduction, exposition, development, recapitulation) What key is the recapitulation 2nd subject?
In the 2nd movement, which part of it is in dissonant harmony? (as mentioned in the program notes)

Other questions:
What were your considerations for choosing your program?
Is there any burning issues that you would like to ask about?


Teresa Wong

To read more:
ABRSM Diplomas: Written Submissions
DipABRSM: Examples of Viva-Voce Questions
Viva Voce: What it is & how to prepare for it (II)
Viva Voce: What It Is & How To Prepare For It (I)

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