For six years, I received the most significant part of my formal musical education at the Liszt Academy.

Sir Georg Solti

Organ admission requirements for BA and non-degree studies

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.