The two Hungarians not only played music, they were themselves the music – in every nerve – down to their fingertips.

Adelheid von Schorn on Reményi and Liszt

Oratorio and Lied Singing MA Course Description

Aim is to master as much pieces composed for a certain voice type as possible (Lieder, oratorios, cantatas, chamber compositions), tending to reach the highest artistic level. Getting acquainted with the interpretational style of different periods, putting accent on mastering the pieces in their original languages and understanding the connection between lyrics and music are further goals of the education.

Professor in Charge

Éva Marton

 

Credit points

36

 

Suggested literature

Oratorios and cantatas by Händel and J S. Bach; songs from Schubert, Schumann, Brahms, Loewe, Liszt, Debussy, R. Strauss, etc.

 

Exam

2 concerts in a course of an academic year held usually in January and May.

1. semester

1 classic song – 1 romantic song – 1 contemporary Hungarian song – 1 20th century song (not Hungarian) – 1 oratorical ensemble (duet, trio, quartet) – 2 arias from oratorios or cantatas

2. semester

Programme in duration of 20-25 minutes. It can be a selection from a song cycle or a series of songs from either one composer, one poet or dealing with one subject. Other ideas are welcome!

*the entire material has to be sung in the original language*

 

Grading

Grade is always given on a five point scale.

 

Diploma Concert

The diploma concert is due in the 4th semester. It is open to public and should last 1 hour.

 

Requirement

The selection has to fulfil very high artistic standards, therefore the list of compositions planned for the concert has to be submitted to the committee of the teaching staff of the Department for previous approval.

 

Programme

The student can choose to perform a song cycle or a series of songs from either one composer, one poet or dealing with one subject. Other ideas are welcome!