Classical Double Bass admission requirements for BA and non-degree studies

Admission requirements are the same for in person and online applicants unless indicated otherwise.

Main subject

  • Scales, and breaking them down into triads
  • Two etudes - one is chosen by the candidate.
    • Compulsory etude in 2024: Storch: Etude in D minor (booklet nr. II, Etude nr. 22, Allegro moderato)
  • One slow and one fast movement of a sonata.
  • One slow and one fast movement of a concerto. (without sheet music)
  • Sight-reading of an orchestral part extract (chosen by the panel on the day of the examination).

The sonata and the concerto should be of different style.

Recommended material:

  • Etude: Storch I, Hrabe I, Simandi, Streicher, Montag, etc.
  • Sonata: Fesch, Galliard, Vivaldi, Marcello, etc.
  • Concerto: Pichl, Capuzzi, Cimador, etc.




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).


  • J. S. Bach: a short prelude of higher difficulty level or a two-part invention.
  • A movement from a classical sonata, or a sonatina movement of the same difficulty level.
  • Bartók: one piece from "Microcosmos III" or from "For Children II".
  • A solo piece of the above difficulty level.



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