Chelsea Chamber Players Repeats Survey, September 25th, 2011
During the concert on September 25th, 2011 the audience was invited to participate in a survey.
The question was "What would your preference be as regards performing repeats?"
The first quartet performed - Mozart - included all repeats in the menuetto and trio movement, but no repeats in the other three movements.
The second quartet performed - Grieg - included all repeats.
There were two checkboxes and a space for comments. Responses were as follows:
"I would prefer not too many repeats" - 3 votes
"I would prefer all repeats" - 4 votes
"I fall asleep if the piece is too long."
"My daughter once said to me, 'If it's not different, why repeat?'."
"I like the repeats - helps develop the music. Time is ok, worth it."
"I love the repeats."
"Just keep doing what you're doing. It's wonderful!"
"Musicians -- decision! Duke it out!"
"I prefer judicious use of repeats, not too long, not too few. Ours is an impatient age with more stuff to do each day. Mozart - the first movement did seem somewhat abbreviated."
"Keep on arguing - you don't need us to tell you what you do so well!"
"The menuetto & trio repeats were fine since I liked that movement quite a lot, especially hearing Sara's expertise exercised!"
"2nd piece was fantastic!"
As well as the survey sheets submitted, we received various verbal comments, expressing a similar range of opinion.
Thankyou to everybody who participated in the survey! We will continue to argue each case on its merits, with perhaps a bias towards including most repeats, especially the first repeat in sonata form first movements.