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Classical Double Bass 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

  • Two etudes – one is chosen by the candidate, the other one announced below one month prior to the entrance exam.
    • Compulsory etude in 2020: Storch: Etude in D minor (booklet nr. II, Etude nr. 22, Allegro moderato)
  • One slow and one fast movement of a sonata
  • One slow and one fast movement of a concerto (performed without sheet music)

Length of recording: approx. 20 minutes

The sonata movement and the concerto movement must be different in style.

 

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.

 

B. Folk Music:

Informal conversation about the folk music of the candidates’s country.

 

Due to the coronavirus emergency situation, there will be no examination in piano as compulsory subject during the 2020 entrance examinations.

 

 

 

Admission Requirements in 2019

Main subject

  • Scales
  • Two etudes - one is chosen by the candidate, the other one announced below one month prior to the entrance exam.
  • One slow and one fast movement of a sonata.
  • One slow and one fast movement of a concerto.
  • Sight-reading of an orchestral part extract (chosen by the panel on the day of the examination).

The sonata and the concerto should be of different style.

Compulsory etude:
Storch: Etude in D minor (booklet nr. II, Etude nr. 22, Allegro moderato)

Recommended material:

  • Etude: Storch I, Hrabe I, Simandi, Streicher, Montag, etc.
  • Sonata: Fesch, Galliard, Vivaldi, Marcello, etc.
  • Concerto: Pichl, Capuzzi, Cimador, etc.

 

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.