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Organ 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

  • J. S. Bach: Trio in C minor (Adagio-Allegro), BWV 583 – played from memory
  • a programme composed of pieces from the 16th-18th century literature, of max. 15 minutes
  • a programme composed of pieces from the 19th-21st century literature, of max. 15 minutes
  • Louis Vierne: Symphony 1, Allegro Vivace (op.14.) – played from memory

 

General Admission Requirements

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:

The two locations of the entrance examination in the academic year 2018/19 are the following:

Old Academy of Music, Bach Room

  • J. S. Bach: Trio in C minor (Adagio-Allegro), BWV 585 -  played from memory
  • a programme composed of pieces from the 16th-18th century literature, of max. 15 minutes
  • a Geneva psalm (in Goudimel's style) with figured bass notation that is announced and received on the day of the exam
  • a four-part Bach chorale to be played pedaliter, received on the spot

 

Béla Bartók Secondary School of Music, Gergely Ferenc Hall

  • Luis Vierne: Symphony No. 3 Intermezzo (op 28/III), to be performed from memory
  • programme from the 19th-21st century chosen by the candidate, max. 15 minutes 
  • a piece announced on 27 May 2019

The auxiliary material to the Goudimel requirement can be downloaded from here.

The entrance examination committee shall retain the right to listen to the entire programme or parts of it.

The applicants may practice weekly in June on the instrument at the Bach Room.

 

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

  • J. S. 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.