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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.