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

Sir Georg Solti

Classical Percussion admission requirements for BA and non-degree studies

Main subject:

Side drum:

Obligatory:

  • J. Delécluse: Test-claire
    or
  • Bent Lyloff: Aarhus etude No. 9

Elective:

  • one elective rudimental etude, 3 minutes at maximum


Timpani:

Elective - one piece, for four timpanis from the following volumes:

  • Nick Woud: Symphonic Studies for Timpani
    or
  • Nick Woud: The Timpani Challenge


Marimba:

Obligatory:

  • two movements of the candidate's choice from the cello suites of J. S. Bach
  • Musser: etude in G major
  • one elective four-stick perfomance piece on a melodic instrument


Set-up:

  • one piece of the candidate's choice


Sight-reading

 

 

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

Four piano pieces of different styles, performed in good style, expressively, without sheet music.

  • One piece by J. S. Bach (e.g. a two- or three-part invention, Wohltemperiertes Klavier, French Suite).
  • An opening movement in a sonata-form from a classical sonata.
  • A romantic piece or a piece by Bartók.
  • Sight-reading sheet music received on the spot.

 

C. FOLK MUSIC

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