My friends are those who haunt the Ideal; there, dear friend, we 'recognize' each other, and shall always do so…

Liszt to Ödön Mihalovich

Cimbalom admission requirements for BA and non-degree studies

Main subject

  • All major and minor scales - thirds, sixths, octaves, tenths -, common chord/triad, chord of four notes, passage.
  • Two contrasting movements from a Bach cyclic piece - suite, sonata, partita - different in character and tempo.  
  • One Allaga etude.
  • One pre-classical piece at the choice of the candidate.
  • One original cimbalom piece from the 20th century.
  • One folk song chosen by the candidate, harmonized by the candidate.

 

GENERAL ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS - ONLY FOR FULL-TIME BA STUDIES

A. SOLFEGE, MUSIC THEORY

General requirements: in-depth understanding of the theory of classical harmony (diatonic triads and seventh-chords, their inversions; double dominant; sharpened subdominants with diminished seventh [#IIo7, #IVo7] and their inversions), knowledge of simple and complex forms (incl. compound ternary form [Trio form]).
 
Written examination:
 
1.) Dictation of a four-part harmonic progression (max. 15 chords), notation of all parts; indication of the harmonic progression with figures above or below the bass line (figured bass) or with Roman and Arabic numerals. (Played 6 times.)
 
 
2.) Writing out, in close voicing, of two four-part harmonic progressions (max. 11 chords) from Roman and Arabic numberals.
 
 
3.) Dictation of a Baroque imitative polyphonic excerpt (max. 8 bars, 4/4 time signature, generally moving in quavers; played 10 times).
 
 
4.) Dictation of a sequence including ten triads and seventh-chords (and their inversions) built on common bass note. The chords should also be named. (Played 3 times.)
 
 
5.) Indication of the parts of simple and compound binary and ternary forms of a musical excerpt given on the spot.  Indication of proper keys, modulations, cadences and functions are also needed.
 
 
 
Oral examination:
 
1.) Playing (on the keyboard) of four-part harmonic progressions in close voicing (max. 11 chords) with appropriate voice-leading (after dictation).
 
 
2.) Sight-singing of the vocal part of a German romantic song – selected first of all from the works of Schubert, Schumann and Brahms (max. 12 bars).
 

 

B. PIANO AS COMPULSORY SUBJECT

  • Bach: a short prelude of higher difficulty level or a two-part invention.
  • A movement from a classical sonata, or a sonatina movement of the same difficulty level.
  • Bartók: one piece from "Microcosmos III" or from the 2nd edition of "For Children".
  • A solo piece of the above difficulty level.
 

C. FOLK MUSIC

  • Informal conversation about the folk music of the candidate's country.