What Are Some Songs for an Instrumental Music Recital?

What Are Some Songs for an Instrumental Music Recital?

Good songs for an instrumental music recital include classical favorites such as "Minuet in D Minor" by Bach and "Sonata in C Major, K95, L358" by Scarlatti; contemporary favorites, such as "Le Petit Nègre" by Claude Debussy and "Etude" by Aram Khachaturian; and jazz and pop favorites, such as "Reciprocal Rag" by Dennis Alexander and "Canon in D" by Johann Pachelbel. Favorites by educational composers include "Prelude to a Fairy Tale" by Denes Agay and "Vacation Sunrise" by Bruce Berr.

When choosing a song for an instrumental music recital, choose a song at least two weeks before the schedule of the recital to have an ample amount of time to practice and master the song. Choose a song you can relate to personally; otherwise, the song may sound like it lacks conviction when played.

Recitals are meant to showcase a musician's growth, so identify the areas that need improvement, find a song that focuses on these areas, and then practice until mastered. Challenge yourself artistically, and avoid playing it safe.

In general, an instrumentalist is expected play a piece exactly as it is written, but if given some leeway, don't be afraid to get creative. Tips for a memorable performance include arranging the song in another musical style, mashing up a few different pieces into one coherent arrangement, and trying out a different tempo or dynamic approach.