Early Music/Period Instruments

You can choose to take the audition at several levels of the Academy:


Bachelor Programme

The entrance examination consists of the following elements:

•    Principal study audition
•    Supporting Subjects: Aural training / Theory test
•    Supporting Subjects: Piano audition

Applicants with cembalo/hapsichord as primary instrument will not be tested in piano as supporting subject. 

A list of repertoire for the entrance examination must be enclosed with the application form.
The audition in the principal study consists of these three tests:

1st test: Set/self-chosen tasks, etudes, scales

Baroque Violin
One scale exercises from Geminianis "Art of playing on the Violin Essempio XIV"
An ornamented Adagio from Corelli op. 5
At least two movements (fast and slow)  by G. F. Händel, G. P. Telemann, A. Vivaldi or J. S. Bach
Baroque Cello Ricercare by Diego Ortiz
Ricercare by Domenico Gabrielli
2 movements from solo suites by J. S. Bach
Viola da Gamba All scales in 3 octaves
Ricercare by D. Ortiz
A piece or movement from a piece by e.g. Händel, Telemann or K. F. Abel
A piece or movement from a piece by a French composer like Marin Marais, de Machy or similar.
Lute All scales in 3 octaves
A fantasy or prelude by e.g. John Dowland or similar level of difficulty
A freely chosen pjece depending on instrument (renaissance/baroque lute, theorbe, arch lute, baroque guitar) preferably French or Italian baroque
Baroque Trompet C Major scale to high C on a C–baroque trumpet (a=416Hz)
Ricercata or sonata by Girolamo Fantini
G. F.Händel: beginning of Messiah-aria "The trumpet shall sound"
A piece or movement from e.g. Händel suite, Purcell sonata or similarly
Traverso Flute A piece or movement from a piece written for traverso by a French composer or in French style
A piece or movement written for traverso in a style of the applicant’s choice
Harpsichord An excerpt from Pieces de Clavecin - Rameau, Couperin, d’Anglebert or similar
A Prelude (with fugue) and a two-part invention by J.S. Bach
A sonata by Scarlatti

Applicants may apply for a dispensation to substitute one or more of the above mentioned pieces with repertoire from the admissions process for modern instruments. Similarly, applicants may apply for a dispensation to perform their admissions tests on modern rather than period instruments. The applications should reach the RDAM at least two weeks before the scheduled test.

2nd test: Set task
A proposed task which is emailed to the applicant 7 days before the entrance examination takes place.

3rd test: Sight reading
Sight reading of a composition.

the master's programme

The entrance examination consists of a audition in the principal study. The applicant must perform a compulsory assignment as well as a work of his or her own choice. Furthermore, a test in sight-reading will be conducted.

The applicant must perform, depending on instrument:

Violin J. S. Bach: “Loure and Gavotte” from Partita in E-Major BWV1006 (solo violin)
Viola J. S. Bach: 1st and 2nd movement from Gamba sonata no. 3 in G-minor BWV1029
Cello Domenico Gabrieli: Sonata no. 1 in G-Major
Recorder G. Ph. Telemann: Fantasy no. 8 in E-minor for solo recorder (or voice flute) 
Travers flute G. Ph. Telemann: Fantasy no. 2 for solo flute in a-minor
Trumpet Handel: Suite in D for trumpet, strings and continuo AND A free choice of one or two of the 18 Ricercari's by Girolamo Fantini. Free choice of pitch.
Harpsichord J. S. Bach: “Allamande and Courante” from Partita c-minor BWV 826 
Hammerklavier One etude by Moscheles from op. 70 or op. 95 AND one rondo by C.P.E. Bach
Lute Renaissance-lute: Francesco da Milano Ricercar 15 (Number according to the Edition of Arthur Ness; source Siena Lute Book f.32v.) OR
Theorbo: Giovanni Girolamo Kapsberger ibro qurto d'Intavolatura di chitarone: Toccata quinta
OR Baroque-lute: S.L.Weiss: Passacaglia in D-major
Viola da gamba J. S. Bach: 1st and 2nd movement from Sonata in G-Major for viola di Gamba with obligato harpsichord
Harp Two contrasting pieces from before 1800 (eg. a fantasia and a dance) and one song-accompaniment from before 1800
Continuo for chordal instruments (harpsichord/organ, lute/guitar, harp,etc)
Please notice that the applicant will only be tested in the following repertoire of his or her own choice:
  1. Any vocal work by G. Caccini or C. Monteverdi 
  2. A contrasting baroque work. The applicant is responsible for bringing his/her own vocal and/or instrumental soloist
  3. A solo piece, which shows that the applicant has a good command of his/her instrument
Oboe One Partita from the Kleine Kammermusik by Telemann (eg no. 4 in g minor). One Suite by Hotteterre, Anne Danican Philidor or Pierre Philidor (eg Hotteterre op. V no. 3 transp. to C major)
Natural horn
Mozart: Horn Concerto in E flat major, KV 447: 1st and 2nd movement OR Mozart: Horn Concerto in E flat major, KV 495: 1st and 2nd movement. AND an orchestral excerpt on baroque horn: Bach: Mass in B minor "Quoniam" OR Handel: Julius Caesar "Va tacito".
If the applicant does not have access to both a baroque and a classical horn, an alternative can be found

Duration of the entrance examination max. 20 minutes (30 minutes including assessment).

The entrance examination is censured by two internal censors and a grade is awarded according to the 7 point grading scale.

Advanced postgraduate (soloist) programme

Application fee

When you apply, you must pay a fee of DKK 500 into the following account:
Bank identification no.: 3001, account no.: 640 3727. Remember to always state your name – otherwise we can't see who has paid in the money.

For international transfers: 
SWIFT code/BIC: DABADKKK. IBAN no.: DK92 3000 0006 4037 27. Remember to include your name.

Form, content and assessment of the examination

The entrance examination consists of a principal study audition, which is taken in two rounds.

In the first round, you will be asked to perform a programme of 20 minutes' duration. An admissions committee will award the performance the grade of "pass/fail".

If you pass the first round, you will continue to the second round, which will be held as quickly as possible after the first round. The two rounds may be held on different days.

In the second round, you will be asked to perform a programme of 30 minutes' duration. The performance will be assessed according to the seven-point scale by the adminissions commitee.

Repertoire for the examination

The applicant chooses the repertoire, always subject, however, to the following rule:

  • Playing the same work at both rounds is not allowed.