The training I received at the Academy was difficult and at times harsh, but those who survived the experience emerged as real musicians.

Sir Georg Solti

Baroque Violin admission requirements for MA studies

Main subject

1.)

J. S. Bach: Solo Sonata in G minor, BWV 1001, 1st and 2nd movement

OR

J. S. Bach: Solo Sonata in A minor, BWV 1003, 1st and 2nd movement

OR

J. S. Bach: Solo Partita in D minor, BWV 1004, Sarabanda and Gigue

OR

J. S. Bach: Solo Partita in D minor, BWV 1004, Ciaccona.

 

2.)

H. I. F. Biber: One Sonata from the collection published in 1681

OR

D. Castello: Sonata seconda (D minor)

OR

F. Couperin: 6th or 7th Concert from Les Goûts-Réunis

OR

A. Corelli: 1st, 3rd or 6th Sonata with ornamentations in the 2nd movement.

 

Minimum requirements regarding the violin you use at the entry examination:

1.) 2 gut strings (A, E).

2.) Historical bow from the period before Tourte.

3.) Tuning: 415'.

Playing from scores at the entry examination is allowed. The applicant can perform with her/his regular chamber partner or ask the Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music to provide an accompanist. In the four weeks preceding the entry examination the Academy will organize a minimum of 2 times 2 hours of practicing in order to try out the master copy of the Pascal Taskin harpsichord which will be used for accompaniment during the entry examination (copy by instrument maker František Vyhnálek; tuning: 415'). Appointments for practicing with a chamber partner or an accopmanist provided by the Liszt Academy will be made with each candidate individually.

 

Music theory (written examination)

Harmonization of a bass line – length approx. 10 notes – and definition of chords by writing the fitting figures.

 

Analysis

Formal analysis of an opening movement in sonata form stylistically related to piano sonatas of Haydn and Mozart.

 

General knowledge in music

a. Identification of 10 compositions – minimum is to recognize the epoch or style in which the piece was composed and its genre, but the applicant should also recognize the composer and the title.

b. Explanation and interpretation of 10 music terms, concepts, titles, etc.

 

Applicants for part-time studies need to pass the entry examination in their main subject only!

For further information please contact György Vashegyi at e-mail