The most important class, however, for me and for hundreds of other Hungarian musicians, was the chamber-music class. From about the age of fourteen, and until graduation from the Academy, all instrumentalists except the heavy-brass players and percussionists had to participate in this course. Presiding over it for many years was the composer Leó Weiner, who thus exercised an enormous influence on three generations of Hungarian musicians.

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.