Classical Double Bass admission requirements for MA studies

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

Main subject:

  • Two etudes: One chosen by the candidate, and one compulsory etude chosen by the examination panel.
    • Compulsory etude in 2024: Simandl: Etude in E flat major (booklet nr. VII, Etude nr. 1, Allegro moderato)
  • One short performance piece - solo or with accompaniment, played from memory without sheet music.
  • A fast and a slow movement of a sonata.
  • A fast and a slow movement of a concerto played from memory.
  • Sight-reading of an orchestral part given on the day of the examination.

The sonata and the concerto have to be of different style.

Recommended material:

  • Solo piece: a movement from a Bach cello suite, pieces by Koussevitzky, Bottesini, etc.
  • Sonata: Misek I, II, Hindemith, etc.
  • Concerto: Dittersdorf, Vanhal, Bottesini, Koussewitzky, etc.


General Admission Requirements


Written examination:

  • Bass harmonisation: harmonisation of a bass line of cca. 10 notes, indication of the accords with figures.
  • Analysis: formal analysis of the opening movement of a sonata from the stylistic circle of Haydn and Mozart piano sonatas.

Exam in general music studies:

  • Identification of 10 music pieces - possibly composer and title, but at least the epoch or style and identification or the genre.
  • Explanation and interpretation of 10 music terms, concepts, titles, etc.