The point is to increase gradually the level of the understanding, cultivation and practice of musical art. This task falls particularly to the new Academy.

Liszt to Antal Augusz

Orchestral Conducting admission requirements for BA and non-degree studies

Conditions:

  • accurate hearing
  • classical harmony
  • at least intermediate piano knowledge

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

MAIN SUBJECT (conducting)

  • Mozart: Eine kleine Nachtmusik, K. 525
  • Beethoven: Symphony No. 1 in C major, Op. 21
  • Schubert: Symphony No. 8 in B minor, D. 759

The pieces are to be conducted from memory!

 

GENERAL ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS – ONLY FOR FULL-TIME BA STUDIES

a. SINGING

Performance of two art songs or folk song arrangements with piano accompaniment of contrasting character and style, with piano accompaniment - from memory.

The university will provide the piano accompanist, but the candidate may also bring one.

 

b. SOLFEGE, MUSIC THEORY

General requirements: in-depth understanding of the theory of classical harmony (diatonic and chromatic triads and seventh-chords). Writing and playing of four-part harmonic progressions in closed position with appropriate voice-leading (see rules of keyboard harmony); knowledge of Baroque and Viennese classical forms and genres.
 
1.) Written examination:
  • Writing out the outer voices and harmonies of a Baroque or classical musical excerpt (with scale degrees) after dictation
  • Realization of a chord sequence with scale degrees in four parts
  • Writing out a two-voice tonal musical excerpt after dictation
  • Writing out a monophonic 20th century or contemporary musical excerpt after dictation
 
2.) Oral examination:
  • Playing (on the keyboard) of four-part harmonic progressions in closed position with appropriate voice-leading.
  • Assessment of the applicant's knowledge of form on the basis of a detailed formal analysis of the musical pieces performed at the main subject audition as well as at the piano as compulsory subject examination. Extra copies of the scores have to be provided by the applicant.
  • Sight-singing of a tonal melody in unison.
  • Recognition and singing of intervals, triads and seventh-chords on a given pitch.
 

c. PIANO AS COMPULSORY SUBJECT 

  • Bach: 2 pieces from the Three-part Inventions, or a prelude of fugue from the Wohltemperiertes Klavier,
  • A full sonata by Haydn, Mozart or Beethoven,
  • 2 performance pieces – one should be by a Hungarian composer (Bartók or one of his contemporaries) 

 

d. FOLK MUSIC

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

 

Online entrance examination requirements

MAIN SUBJECT - CONDUCTING

Beethoven: Symphony No.1. – 1st or 4th movement

Mozart: A Little Night Music – two movements free of choice

Schubert: Symphony No.8 (Unfinished) – one movement free of choice.

The pieces are to be conducted from memory!

Requirements

Conducting performance video(s) with an orchestra, chamber music ensemble, string quartet or piano are to be submitted. In case of the symphonies the given movements are enough (if written in a sonata form) up to the reprise. It is expected from the applicant that their conducting is clear and visible, and for the performed piece(s) to be recorded uncut. The recordings cannot be older than a year.

 

GENERAL ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS – ONLY FOR FULL-TIME BA STUDIES

a. SINGING

Performance of two art songs or folk song arrangements with piano accompaniment of contrasting character and style, with piano accompaniment - from memory.

The university will provide the piano accompanist, but the candidate may also bring one.

  • Singing one folk song (preferably with more than one verse) of the candidate's choice – from memory, without piano accompaniment
  • Singing one art song of the candidate's choice – from memory, with or without piano accompaniment

The piano accompaniment can be played from a previous piano accompaniment recording of the candidate or another person, or piano accompaniment downloaded from the internet, or conventional live piano accompaniment played at the same time as the singing.

It is not recommended that the candidate perform both the singing and piano accompaniment at the same time.

Video recording submission of two songs according to the above information, without cuts during the pieces.

 

b. SOLFEGE, MUSIC THEORY

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

 

General requirements: in-depth understanding of the theory of classical harmony (diatonic and chromatic triads and seventh-chords). Writing and playing of four-part harmonic progressions in closed position with appropriate voice-leading (see rules of keyboard harmony); knowledge of Baroque and Viennese classical forms and genres.
 
1.) Written examination:
  • Writing out the outer voices and harmonies of a Baroque or classical musical excerpt (with scale degrees) after dictation
  • Realization of a chord sequence with scale degrees in four parts
  • Writing out a two-voice tonal musical excerpt after dictation
  • Writing out a monophonic 20th century or contemporary musical excerpt after dictation
 
2.) Oral examination:
  • Playing (on the keyboard) of four-part harmonic progressions in closed position with appropriate voice-leading.
  • Assessment of the applicant's knowledge of form on the basis of a detailed formal analysis of the musical pieces performed at the main subject audition as well as at the piano as compulsory subject examination. Extra copies of the scores have to be provided by the applicant.
  • Sight-singing of a tonal melody in unison.
  • Recognition and singing of intervals, triads and seventh-chords on a given pitch.

General requirements: in-depth understanding of the theory of classical harmony (triads and seventh-chords, secondary dominants, sharpened subdominants with diminished seventh [#IIo7, #IVo7], minor subdominants, inversions of all of the previous, augmented sixth harmonies, and Neapolitan sixth) and their usage in four-part harmonic progressions in closed position; knowledge of Baroque and Viennese classical forms and genres.

Oral examination:

1. Recognition and singing of intervals, triads and seventh-chords to the given bass note.

2. Sight-singing of a tonal melody in unison.

3. Recognizing and naming the chords of classical harmonic progressions by ear.

4. Assessment of the applicant’s knowledge of form on the basis of a detailed formal analysis of the musical pieces performed at the piano as compulsory subject and the singing examination. Providing and uploading the sheet music of pieces are the applicants’ responsibility.

 

c. PIANO AS COMPULSORY SUBJECT 

  • Bach: 2 pieces from the Three-part Inventions, or a prelude of fugue from the Wohltemperiertes Klavier,
  • A full sonata by Haydn, Mozart or Beethoven,
  • 2 performance pieces – one should be by a Hungarian composer (Bartók or one of his contemporaries) 
  • Bach: a three-part invention and any prelude and fugue from Wohltemperiertes Klavier series I-II., or two movements of a cyclic piece, or a different solo piece
  • A fast movement of a sonata of Haydn or Mozart or Beethoven or maybe Schubert
  • A piece of Bartók or a piece of a contemporary of Bartók

Each piece (altogether three pieces) the candidate chooses must be recorded uncut.  

 

d. FOLK MUSIC

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