I loved that last exam piece. Which I envisioned as ending with something Pompous and Grand and Awesomely Impressive. so i went through all the motions very nicely, and was just about unknotting all my nerves for the grand finale--only to play it one semitone off.
i was crushed! but my examiner SNIGGERED! i wheeled around as best as one could on a piano seat to face her. THE CHEEK. i was suffering.
Probably trying to reassure me, she told me she would only have sniggered if I'd played ok leading up to the ERREUR ENORME, told me to redo the last line, and then gave me the simplest sight reading piece known to man: in 2/2 time and in c major. SOME MORE AH. had no killer sharps/flat combos and a boring melodic range and straightforward dynamics.
LIDDAT WHERE GOT GRADE 8 STANDARD, YOU ASK? SURELY SOME SYNCOPATION? PEDALLING? FANCY ARTICULATION? SOMETHING?
but no! no complicated counting or foot-tapping was required! I nearly keeled over in relief!
NOW I CAN LISTEN TO RAP! MUSIC! WITHOUT FEELING GUILTY WHEEEE.
Reading french wikipedia so that I don't drown in jargon tomorrow in french. My brain feels more shrivelled than ever before ):