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

Classical Piano admission requirements for MA studies

In-person entrance examination requirements
(online entrance examination requirements are below it)

MAIN SUBJECT:

  • A concert programme of 45 minutes chosen by the candidate, consisting of 3 pieces of different styles. The programme needs to consist of a Bach piece, a classical sonata, and a piece of the candidate's choice.
  • One contemporary piano piece composed for the entrance examination – sheet music is made available one month before the entrance examination. In terms of the decision of the piano department, a contemporary piano piece will not be needed in 2022.

The examination board has the right to stop the performance of the programme at any time during the examination.

Pieces are to be played from memory.

 

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 of the genre.
  • Explanation and interpretation of 10 music terms, concepts, titles, etc.

 

Online entrance examination requirements

MAIN SUBJECT:

  • A concert programme of 45 minutes chosen by the candidate, consisting of 3 pieces of different styles. The programme needs to consist of a Bach piece, a classical sonata, and a piece of the candidate's choice.
  • One contemporary piano piece composed for the entrance examination – sheet music is made available one month before the entrance examination. In terms of the decision of the piano department, a contemporary piano piece will not be needed in 2022.

Pieces are to be played from memory.

 

General Admission Requirements:

The examination is held as a video conference (oral examination only, see below).

ONLINE ORAL EXAM IN mUSIC THEORY:

  • Analysis: formal analysis of the opening movement of a sonata from the stylistic circle of Haydn and Mozart piano sonatas. (Via the shared screen of the examiner after a preparation of 10 minutes)
  • Chord recognition within the frame of the Viennese Classicism (in real time, played by the examiner)

online oral 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. (with audio sharing of the examiner)
  • Explanation and interpretation of 10 music terms, concepts, titles, etc. (given by the examiner)