I am a grade three pianist, and I am taking my exam soon. I am playing the piece Allegro by Muzio Clementi (A:1 , ABRSM Grade 3 Piano Exam Pieces 2015 & 2016), and there are two repeat signs. I am currently playing the repeat signs, but in the exam, would I actually repeat the whole piece again?
The guidelines say "All da capo and dal segno indications should be observed but all other repeats (including first-time bars) should be omitted unless they are very brief (i.e. of a few bars) or unless the syllabus specifies otherwise." ABRSM para 15(h)
I got a mark taken off on the A piece of my grade 5 piano exam (a Haydn composition), presumably for omitting the D.C. in the Minuet and Trio (as the examiner made reference to the fact that I did not play the Da Capo.) So, instead of getting 26 out of 30, I was cut one mark for that. In my opinion, this was a harsh thing to do, since my belief has always been to mark / assess on the merits of musicality rather than executive functions like repeats. I have performance anxiety and was likely nervous! It just strikes me as rude / cold marking on the part of this examiner :/