Hello I am having a 30 minute recital at my school festival next week.

I was wondering if introducing and giving some background information on each piece would be a good idea for the recital. My piano teacher does that during his concerts, to not bore the audience and engage them. I am planning to do it between each piece that I play.

How brief should the introduction be? It is a simple, small scaled recital, would it be awkward to do so? I am in my senior years in high school.

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    Intros before pieces are fine; I'd also welcome them before the first piece and thank them before the last piece. 30-60 seconds intro. Tell a little relatable story or something relatable they listen for or think about as they listen to help them enjoy the piece. – jjmusicnotes Oct 26 '19 at 3:19
  • An intro to a piece is a good idea. Keep it short and stick to facts; do not start giving opinions because you risk alienating some of your audience if they disagree with you. – JimM Oct 26 '19 at 11:18
  • you can also give a hand-out with some datas about the composer, the circumstances of the composition and 2-3 special features of the piece (form, motives, chords). – Albrecht Hügli Oct 26 '19 at 13:25

It's a good idea. At the beginning, introduce yourself, with perhaps one or two minutes of chat, thank the for attending, and name the first piece.

A brief explanation of a couple of the other pieces would be good, especially before any thought-provoking or atmospheric piece, setting the mood for your audience.

Don't talk in between every piece - after one, wait until the applause has finished, give yourself fifteen or so seconds before simply starting the next piece.

At the end, a brief thankyou is all you'll need to say. Consider whether an encore is appropriate, and have it ready just in case they won't let you go!

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