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Classical Piano admission requirements for BA and non-degree studies

Due to the coronavirus emergency situation, entrance examinations and admission requirements are modified in 2020. Please see the red text below for the current admission requirements.

Information about the admission examinations and calculation of scores in the admission procedure in 2020 can be found here.

Main subject:

20 minute video recording without cuts during a piece:

  • One classical sonata – first movement is enough
  • One romantic piece or a 20th century piece
  • One virtuosic etude

  • J.S. Bach: One prelude and fugue - from  the Wohltemperiertes Klavier series - optional

 

GENERAL ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS - ONLY FOR FULL-TIME BA STUDIES

The examination will be held through video conference.

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]).
 
Oral examination:
 
1.) Singing intervals as well as diatonic triads and seventh-chords to the given bass note.
 
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).
 
3.) Recognizing and naming the chords of classical harmonic progressions by ear.
 
4.) Assessment of the applicant's knowledge of form on the basis of a detailed formal analysis of the musical pieces performed at the main subject audition. Providing and uploading the sheet music of pieces are the applicants’ responsibility.
 
Sheet music examples are available in the original entrance examination requirements below.
 

B. FOLK MUSIC

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

 

 

Admission requirements in 2019

Main subject:

  • J.S. Bach: One prelude and fugue - from  the Wohltemperiertes Klavier series
  • One complete classical sonata
  • One significant romantic piece
  • One 20th century piece
  • One virtuosic etude

 

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. FOLK MUSIC

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