My friends are those who haunt the Ideal; there, dear friend, we 'recognize' each other, and shall always do so…

Liszt to Ödön Mihalovich

Classical Double Bass admission requirements for MA studies

Main subject:

  • Two etudes: One chosen by the candidate, and one compulsory etude chosen by the examination panel one month before the audition date.
  • One short piece - solo or with accompaniment.
  • One complete sonata.
  • One complete concerto played from memory.
  • Sight-reading of an orchestral part given on the day of the examination.

The sonata and the concerto have to be of different style.


Recommended material:

  • Solo piece: a movement from a Bach cello suite, pieces by Koussevitzky, Bottesini, etc.
  • Sonata: Misek I, II, Hindemith, etc.
  • Concerto: Dittersdorf, Vanhal, Bottesini, Koussewitzky, etc.


Compulsory etude in 2019:
F. Simandl: New Method for the Double Bass vol. 7, 1. Etude in E flat major Allegro moderato


General Admission Requirements – MA

Written examination:

  • Bass harmonisation: harmonisation of a bass line of cca. 10 notes, indication of the accords with figures.
  • Analysis: formal analysis of the opening movement of a sonata from the stylistic circle of Haydn and Mozart piano sonatas.


Exam in general music studies:

  • Identification of 10 music pieces - possibly composer and title, but at least the epoch or style and identification or the genre.
  • Explanation and interpretation of 10 music terms, concepts, titles, etc.