For six years, I received the most significant part of my formal musical education at the Liszt Academy.

Sir Georg Solti

Classical Accordion admission requirements for BA and non-degree studies

Main subject

The applicant performs a cc. 30-35 minute programme  on an accordion with chromatic buttons.


The following are to be included in the repertoire:

  • 1 sonata by D. Scarlatti
  • 1 Prelude and Fugue from the Wohltemperiertes Klavier by J.S. Bach
  • 1 piece for accordion of a contemporary composer
  • 1 piece chosen by the candidate


The applicant is required to play the material from memory.

 

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.)

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2.) Writing out, in close voicing, of two four-part harmonic progressions (max. 11 chords) from Roman and Arabic numberals.

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3.) Dictation of a Baroque imitative polyphonic excerpt (max. 8 bars, 4/4 time signature, generally moving in quavers; played 10 times).

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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.)

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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.

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Oral examination:

1.) Playing (on the keyboard) of four-part harmonic progressions in close voicing (max. 11 chords) with appropriate voice-leading (after dictation).

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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).

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B. PIANO AS COMPULSORY SUBJECT

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

 

C. FOLK MUSIC

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