Repertoire Category 1

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Applicants who have been allocated to Category 1 must chose their repertoire according to the guidelines set out below. Applicants must notify the Directors of their chosen programme by 30th September 2014.

All works should be performed by memory. If the contestant overruns the allotted time, the jury may stop the performance.

Any questions about the repertoire can be addressed to the Directors or Artistic Director of the OPC by email to 


Round 1 (10-15 mins)

Applicants must play one piece from each of (a), (b) and (c), below:

(a) One etude by Chopin (except op.10 n3, n6, op.25 n1, 2, 7), Liszt, Rachmaninov, Scriabin, Ligeti, Debussy, Prokofiev, Bartok or Stravinsky. Applicants who wish to play etudes by any of the following composers are asked to get in touch with us (info@openpianocompetition) prior to submitting their programmes:

Lyapunov (Transcendental Etudes (except no. 1)), Kapustin, Anton Rubinstein (six etudes opus 23), Mendelssohn, Messiaen, Schumann, Alkan, Szymanowski, Godowski, Busoni, Feinberg, Prokofiev, Ohana;

(b) One Sonata by Soler or Scarlatti, or any Prelude and Fugue by Bach

(c) First movement or a fast movement of a classical sonata by Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven (except op.2 n1, op.10 n1, op. 14 n1, op.14 n2, op.27 n2, op.49 n.1, op.49 n2, op.79).


Round 2 (not less than 20 mins and not exceeding 25 mins)

Applicants must prepare one piece or several from (a) and (b) below however the choice must include at least one Romantic work and one work from the 20th century. Works not permitted in this category are stated in brackets. First movements from Sonatas are permitted.

(a) Any major Romantic work by:

- Mendelssohn (except any of the Songs without Words);

- Chopin (except any of the Nocturnes, the Preludes op. 28 or Polonaise op.26 n.1 and  n.2);

 - Liszt (except any Sonnets del Petrarca S.158 or Consolations S.172);

- Schumann;

- Brahms.

(b) One work or several works from the works of any composer from the 20th or 21st Century (including Applicants' own compositions). Copies of the scores of own compositions and less widely available music from this era must be provided in advance to the directors.



A recital of 30 minutes minimum duration and 35 minutes maximum duration of free chosen repertoire. Only one work can be repeated from the previous rounds. 


NOTE: The Directors may amend the repertoire at any time. If you wish to suggest inclusion of a piece or composer not listed above, please contact the Open Piano Cometition at