The point is to increase gradually the level of the understanding, cultivation and practice of musical art. This task falls particularly to the new Academy.

Liszt to Antal Augusz

Harpsichord admission requirements for BA and non-degree studies

30 January 2014

Main subject:

- Early baroque piece(s) (in cc. 5-7 minutes)

- To be chosen from J. S. Bach:

  • 1 Prelude and Fugue from Wohltemperiertes Klavier
    or
  • 3 movements of a Suite
    or
  • 3 movements of a Partita

- 17th or 18th century French harpsichord music – 2 or 3 pieces

- One Sonata by D. Scarlatti

 

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: two pieces from Bach's Three Part Inventions, or a Prelude and Fugue from the Wohltemperiertes Klavier.
  • A full sonata by Haydn, Mozart or Beethoven.
  • Two solo pieces - one should be by a Hungarian composer from Bartok until contemporary

 

C. FOLK MUSIC

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