Harp

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

THE BACHELOR 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 (duration: 15-20 minutes)

  • All triads and scales to the full range of the harp.
  • Bochsa: Quarante Etudes Faciles, Op. 318, Book 2, one of following etudes: nr. 31, 37 or 38
  • F.J. Naderman: Sonatina nr. 7 Prelude and first movement
  • Piece chosen by the applicant with a degree of difficulty similar to e.g. Sergiu Natra: Sonatina for harp - TO BE PLAYED BY HEART!

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.

Duration of the entrance examination is 40 minutes (including assessment and tuning)

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.

The master's programme

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

The applicant must perform:

  • J. L. Dussek (1760-1812): Sonata in c-minor
    Allegro
    Andantino
    Rondo allegro
  • Marcel Tournier (1879-1951): Etude de Concert – Au Matin

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.

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 scale by the admissions committee.

Repertoire for the 1st round

You must offer the following repertoire for the 1st round:

  • G. F. Handel: Concerto in Bb major (any version, any cadenza except Grandjany)
  • P. Hindemith: Sonate (1939)
  • Gabriel Pierné: Impromptu Caprice

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

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. The examiners' choices will be send to your email adress 1 week before the 1st round of your entrance examination

Examples of works for the 2nd round:

  • C. Ph. E. Bach: Sonata for harp
  • M. Glinka: Variations on a theme by Mozart, E flat major (1822) 
  • L. Spohr: A Fantasia 
  • G. Fauré: Impromptu, Op. 86 
  • J. Jersild: Fantasia e Canto affettuoso from Libro d'arpa 2, or Pezzo elegiaco (1968) 
  • Claude Debussy: Sonata for flute, viola, and harp (1915) 
  • Claude Debussy: 2 dances pour harpe chromatique (1904) 
  • B. Britten: Suite for harp, Op. 83