Brass

Trumpet, horn, euphonium, trombone and tuba

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

Entrance examination for the bachelor's programme

The entrance examination consists of the following elements:

Principal study (duration: 30 minutes incl. assessment)

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

  • All scales and triads (major and minor) in one octave played legato and staccato (NB: two octaves for tuba applicants)
  • set/self-chosen tasks depending on the instrument:
Trumpet
  • From P. -Fr. Clodomir: 70 Little Studies, Op. 158 (IMC 1389), one of the following etudes: Nos. 63, 64, 65, or 66
  • Hummel: Concerto in E flat major, 1st movement
  • Piece chosen by the applicant with a degree of difficulty similar to e.g. Thorvald Hansen: Romance and Scherzo, or H. Busser: Andante et Scherzo (1911)
Horn
  • An etude by C. Kopprasch
  • C. Saint-Saëns: Romance in F major
  • Piece chosen by the applicant with a degree of difficulty similar to e.g. L. Cherubini: 1st Sonata
Euphonium
  • An etude by Marco Bordogni at the candidate's own choice
  • J. B. Senaillé: Introduction and allegro spiritoso
  • Piece chosen by the applicant with a degree of difficulty similar to e.g. the 2nd movement from J. Horovitz: Euphonium Concerto
Trombone Tenor trombone:
  • Robert Müller: Technische Studien, Vol. 3, No. 10 in G minor
  • N. Rimskij-Korsakov: Trombone Concerto, 1st and 2nd movement
  • Piece chosen by the applicant with a degree of difficulty similar to e.g. Alexandre Guilmant: Morceau Symphonique
Bass trombone:
  • Lew Gillis: 70 Progressive Etudes for the Modern Bass Trombonist, Nos. 51 and 52
  • Lebedev: Concerto, up to and including the cadenza
  • Piece chosen by the applicant with a degree of difficulty similar to e.g. one or more movements from a sonata by J.E. Gaillard
Tuba
  • 2 etudes, one from each of the following collections: M. Bordogni (Roberts): 43 Bel Canto Studies and C. Kopprasch: 60 ausgewählte Etüden, Vol. 1, Nos. 1-30
  • E. Gregson: Tuba Concerto, 1st movement
  • Piece chosen by the applicant with a degree of difficulty similar to e.g. Troje Miller: Sonatina Classica

2nd test: Set task

A proposed task which is e-mailed to the applicant 7 days before the entrance examination takes place.

3rd test: Sight reading

Sight reading of a composition.

Trumpet will be tried in sight reading and transposition in A and C. Horns will be tried in transposition in Eb. Euphonium will be tried in either the bass clef or G clef in Bb at the candidate's own choice. Tenor trombone will be tried in bass and tenor clef. Bass trombone will be tried in bass clef.

 

Assessment

Three separate marks are awarded according to the 7-point grading scale. One for each of the above-mentioned tests. The test will be passed succesfully, only if the applicant has achieved a minimum mark of 02 in all of the three tests. If the applicant passes the principal study audition, he or she then takes further examinations in supporting subjects. These examinations are identical for all Bachelor programmes.

Entrance examination for the master's programme

The entrance examination consists of an audition in the principal study.

The examination requirements apply equally to applicants who already attend the Academy and wish to take a quota test for the Master's programme.

The applicant must perform:

Trumpet 1st movement of Joseph Haydn Trumpet concerto played on Bb trumpet
and a piece of the applicant's own choice, duration 5-7 minutes
Horn 1st movement of one of W. A. Mozart’s French Horn concertos
and a piece of the applicant's own choice, duration 5-7 minutes
Euphonium 1st movement of Joseph Horowitz’ Euphonium concerto
and a piece of the applicant's own choice, duration 5-7 minutes
Trombone Tenor trombone: 1st movement of Ferdinand David’s Trombone concerto
Bass trombone: Lebedev Concerto – you should play the entire concerto until the cadenza
and a piece of the applicant's own choice, duration 5-7 minutes
Tuba 1st movement of Ralph Vaughn Williams’ Tuba concerto
and a piece of the applicant's own choice, duration 5-7 minutes

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.

Entrance examination for the advanced postgraduate (soloist) programme

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 7-point grading scale by the admissions committee.

Repertoire for the 1st round

You offer the following repertoire for the 1st round, depending on your instrument:

From this list the internal examiners choose 10 minutes worth of music. The examiners' choices will be send to your email address 1 week before the 1st round of your entrance examination.

Trumpet
  • Compulsory piece: Haydn: Concerto, 1st and 2nd movement played on B trumpet

The applicant offers the following works:

  • Tartini: Concerto in D major played on piccolo trumpet
  • Honegger: Intrada played on C trumpet
Horn
  • Compulsory piece: W. A. Mozart: Concerto No. 2

The applicant offers the following works:

  • Hindemith: Sonata for horn (in F) and piano, 1st movement
  • R. Strauss: Concerto No. 1, 1st movement
  • N.V. Bentzon: Sonata, 1st movement
Euphonium
  • Compulsory piece: J. Horowitz: 1st and 2nd movements of concerto

The applicant offers the following works:

  • Albert Dupuy: Solo de Concours
  • J. S. Bach: Prelude, Sarabande and Gigue from Cello Suite No. 2
  • Torstein Aagaard-Nielsen: "Svart Ren"
Trombone

Tenor trombone

  • Compulsory piece: F. David: Trombone Concerto, 1st and 2nd movement

The applicant offers the following works:

  • Mozart: Concerto for Alto Trombone
  • Rabe: Basta
  • Tomasi: Concerto for Trombone

Bass trombone

  • Compulsory piece: Lebedev: Concerto

The applicant offers the following works:

  • Bach: Prelude from suite in D minor
  • R. Premru: Prelude and Dance
  • Müller: Introduction, Chorale, Variations, and Fugue
Tuba
  • Compulsory piece: Vaughan Williams: Concerto

The applicant offers the following works:

  • K. Penderecki: Capriccio
  • William Craft: Encounter II

 

Repetoire for the 2nd round

You must offer 50 minutes of self-chosen music which must contain works from at least 4 stylistic periods. At least one piece must be written after 1945. From this list the internal examiners choose 30 minutes.

Examples of works for the 2nd round

Trumpet
  • Jolivet: Concertino
  • H. Tomasi: Concerto
  • Charles Chaynes: Concerto
Horn
  • R. Strauss: Concerto No. 2
  • Haydn: Concerto No. 2
  • Sigurd Berge: Hornlokk
Euphonium
  • Brian Bowen: Euphonium Music
  • Gordon Jacob: Fantasia
  • Lars Graugaard: Concerto
  • Gaillard: Sonata No. 5
Trombone

Tenor trombone

  • Gunnar de Frumerie: Trombone Concerto
  • Nina Rota: Trombone Concerto
  • Axel Jørgensen: Suite
  • Launy Grøndahl: Trombone Concerto
  • L. Berio: Sequenza V
  • Albrechtsberger: Concerto for Alto Trombone
  • Paul Creston: Trombone Concerto

Bass trombone

  • Ciekmann: Concerto
  • Bozza: New Orleans
  • Sven David Sandström: Inside
Tuba
  • Trygve Madsen: Sonata
  • Ole Schmidt: Concerto
  • Hindemith: Sonata
  • Edvard Gregson: Alarum