Music was and is an essential part of daily life in Hungary.

Sir Georg Solti

Orchestral and Choir Conducting 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.
In case of non-instrumental majors, tuition is only offered in English if there are a minimum of 3 international students admitted in a given year to the same major.
 
Basic requirements:
  • good aural skills
  • classical harmony studies
  • playing the piano at least on a medium level

 

Orchestral Conducting BA studies are not available in the academic year 2020/21.

See the entrance exam requirements of Choral Conducting BA below:

Main Subject (video recording to be submitted)

The candidate must choose 1-1 folk song/choral out of the four groups below. The candidate must sing the four folk songs/chorals while conducting them. (In all, three folk songs are required, 2 verses from each and one choral. All folk songs and the choral must be recorded uncut and without using sheet music.) The folk songs are availbe in the Kodály-Vargyas book, the Bach chorals are available in the Bach Choral book.

 

A) Giusto folk songs:

•     Által mennék én a Tiszán… (KV. 454.)

•     Jánoshidi vásártéren… (KV. 430.)

•     Kimegyek a doberdói harctérre… (KV. 410.)

•     Ájfalusi bíró levelet kapott… (KV. 386.)

 

B) Rubato folk songs:

•     Magos a rutafa… (KV. 459.)

•     Hegyek völgyek között állok… (KV.191.)

•     Elhervadt cidrusfa… (KV. 113.)

•     Szomorú fűzfának… (KV. 95.)

 

C) Folk songs with asymetric rhythm:

•     Hess páva, hess páva… (KV. 293.)

•     Angoli Borbála… (KV. 495.)

•     Rákóczi kocsmába… (KV. 494.)

 

D) Bach chorals:

•     Nr. 72. Du, o schönes Weltgebäude (BWV 56.)

•     Nr. 75. Ein feste Burg ist unser Gott (BWV 80.)

•     Nr. 167. Herzliebster Jesu, was hast du verbrochen (BWV 245.)

 

Sheet music bibliography:

•     Zoltán Kodály: Folk Music of Hungary. Revised by Lajos Vargyas. Zeneműkiadó, Budapest, 1951.

•     J. S. Bach: Choral Harmonisations. Revised by Imre Sulyok. Editio Musica, Budapest, 1982.

 

GENERAL ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS - ONLY FOR FULL-TIME BA STUDIES

A. Singing (video recording to be submitted)

•     One folk song chosen by the candidate (with more than one verses), without piano accompaniment, from memory.

•     One art song with or without piano accompaniment, from memory.

The piano accompaniment can be a recording, previously recorded by the candidate or someone else or a recording that can be downloaded from the internet or the candidate can be accompanied by someone else during the singing simultaneously. Please note, that simultaneous singing and piano accompanying is not recommended! The recording of the singing of the two songs must be uncut.

 

B. Piano as compulsory subject (video recording to be submitted)

•     Bach: one three-part invention and a prelude and fugue from the Wohltemperiertes Klavier l-ll.  or two movements of a cyclic piece or an individual piece.

•     One fast movement of a sonata (Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert)

•     Two pieces that differ in style. One of the pieces must be from Bartók or a contamporary of Bartók.

All the pieces must be recorded and submitted uncut.

 

C. Solfege – music theory (video conference)

General requirements: in-depth understanding of the theory of classical harmony (diatonic and chromatic triads and seventh-chords). Writing and playing of four-part harmonic progressions in closed position with appropriate voice-leading (see rules of keyboard harmony); knowledge of Baroque and Viennese classical forms and genres.

Oral examination:

1. Singing intervals as well as diatonic triads and seventh-chords to the given bass note.

2. Sight-singing of a tonal melody in unison.

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 of the piano as compulsory subject examination matieral. Providing and uploading the sheet music of pieces are the applicants’ responsibility.

 

D. Folk music (video conference)

Informal conversation about the folk music of the candidates’s country.

 

 

 

Admission requirements in 2019

MAIN SUBJECTS

1. Orchestra conducting:

  • Mozart: Eine kleine Nachtmusik, K. 525
  • Beethoven: Symphony No. 1 in C major, Op. 21
  • Schubert: Symphony No. 8 in B minor, D. 759

The pieces are to be performed from memory!

2. Choir conducting:

Renaissance


Romanticism

  • F. Mendelssohn-Bartholdy: Mailied (Op. 41. No. 5.)
  • F. Mendelssohn-Bartholdy: Die Nachtigall (Op. 59. No. 4.)


20th century

  • Zoltán Kodály: Zöld erdőben
  • Béla Bartók: Héjja, héjja, karahéjja


The candidate must have an indepth knowledge of the pieces from memory. The candidated will conduct and, if necessary, correct and rehearse with the choir present at the audition (sheet music can be used for this) – one piece from each of the above styles, chosen by the Entrance Examination Committee on the spot.

 

GENERAL ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS - ONLY FOR FULL-TIME BA STUDIES

a. SINGING

Performance of two art songs or folk song arrangements with piano accompaniment of contrasting character and style, with piano accompaniment - from memory.

The university will provide the piano accompanist, but the candidate may also bring one.

 

b. SOLFEGE, MUSIC THEORY

General requirements: in-depth understanding of the theory of classical harmony (diatonic and chromatic triads and seventh-chords). Writing and playing of four-part harmonic progressions in closed position with appropriate voice-leading (see rules of keyboard harmony); knowledge of Baroque and Viennese classical forms and genres.
 
1.) Written examination:
 
  • Writing out the outer voices and harmonies of a Baroque or classical musical excerpt (with scale degrees) after dictation
  • Realization of a chord sequence with scale degrees in four parts
  • Writing out a two-voice tonal musical excerpt after dictation
  • Writing out a monophonic 20th century or contemporary musical excerpt after dictation
 
2.) Oral examination:
 
  • Playing (on the keyboard) of four-part harmonic progressions in closed position with appropriate voice-leading.
  • 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 as well as at the piano as compulsory subject examination. Extra copies of the scores have to be provided by the applicant.
  • Sight-singing of a tonal melody in unison.
  • Recognition and singing of intervals, triads and seventh-chords on a given pitch.
 

c. PIANO AS COMPULSORY SUBJECT 

  • Bach: 2 pieces from the Three-part Inventions, or a prelude of fugue from the Wohltemperiertes Klavier,
  • A full sonata by Haydn, Mozart or Beethoven,
  • Two solo pieces – one has to be by Bartók or by his contemporaries

 

d. FOLK MUSIC

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