Consort/Recorder

Consort includes Recorder, Harpsichord and viola da gamba at Bachelor and Master's level.

Consort includes Recorder, Harpsichord, Viola da Gamba, Baroque violin, Baroque cello, Lute, Baroque trompet and Traverso flute at Advanced Postgraduate (soloist level).

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

BACHELOR PROGRAMME

The entrance examination consists of the following elements:

Principal study (duration: 40 minutes incl. assessment and tuning)

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 (duration: 15-20 minutes)

Recorder:
  • All scales and triads (major and minor) using the instrument to its fullest range
  • An etude from Franz Brüggen: 5 Etudes for Finger Dexterity
  • A sonata from the High Baroque period chosen by the applicant with a degree of difficulty similar to e.g. G. Ph. Telemann: Sonata in C major from Der getreue Musikmeister
  • A modern piece chosen by the applicant similar in difficulty to e.g. Hans Martin Linde: Music for a Bird
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
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

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.

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.

Master's programme

The entrance examination consists of an audition in the principal study (a set task, a self-chosen task, and a sight reading task). 

Recorder: 
(with pedagogy)

 

 

G. PH. Telemann Fantasy No. 2 for Solo recorder (Keys: c minor if played on alto recorder and a minor on voice flute) 

 

 

Harpsichord:

J.S. Bach: Allemande and Courente from Partita in c minor BWV 826

Viola da Gamba:

 

J. S. Bach: 1st and 2nd mov. from Sonata in G major for viola da gamba (harpsichord obbligato)

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

On the soloist level you can choose the following consort and early music instruments:

  • Recorder
  • Harpsichord
  • Viola da Gamba
  • Baroque violin
  • Baroque cello
  • Lute
  • Baroque trompet
  • Traverso flute

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.

Special repertoire requirements for recorder

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

  • Playing the same work at both rounds is not allowed
  • The works performed in the two rounds must be from at least two stylistic periods

Examples of type and difficulty of repertoire:

  • J. Hotteterre: Suite in E minor for alto recorder and b.c.
  • K. Badings: Sonata for soprano recorder and harpsichord
  • J.S. Bach: Obbligato recorder part of Cantata BWV 39, aria No. 5: Höchster, was ich habe, or of a comparable contemporary work
  • G.Ph. Telemann: Quartet in D minor (from Tafelmusik II, 1733) for alto recorder, transverse flute, oboe or b.c.
  • G.Ph. Telemann: Fantasia in E major for alto recorder solo
  • G. Sammartini: Concerto in F major for soprano recorder, strings, and b.c.