Instrumental major or orchestral conducting
Requirements for the entrance examination in the major are as follows (in German):
Strings, wind, harp, and percussion
Piano and guitar
Harpsichord, recorder, viola da gamba, and lute
In a written test lasting approx. 60 minutes candidates must demonstrate their ability to recognize basic rhythms, melodies, harmonies, sounds, and musical forms (see sample test) when they hear them.
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Sample aural tests (Instrumental Studies)
Answers aural tests (Instrumental Studies)
Sample aural tests (Orchestral conducting)
Answers aural tests (Orchestral conducting)
In a written examination (ca. 90 minutes) candidates will be asked to do the following:
- Identify and set intervals and scales (including church scales)
- Identify chords and chord progressions.
- Adapt a given melody in a two-, three- or four-part movement.
- Comment on a given excerpt from a score with respect to instrumentation, tone color, musical style, epoch, musical form, compositional technique, and character.
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Sample music theory test
Answers music theory
Musical examples music theory
Compulsory instrumental subjects
- Candidates taking piano (or viola da gamba and recorder or alternatively harpsichord) as a compulsory subject should perform two pieces from different stylistic epochs, e.g. an Inventions by J.S. Bach, a sonatina by Clementi op. 36.
- If the compulsory subject is a melody instrument (possible if the major is lute or harpsichord) candidates should perform two pieces from different stylistic epochs.
- If the compulsory subject is voice (possible if the major is lute or harpsichord) candidates should perform a folk song and a Lied.
- The examination in the compulsory subject will last about 10 minutes
- In the entrance examination for orchestral conducting the piano examination is already part of the examination for the major.
- Guitarists and pianists are not required to take an examination in piano / voice / melody instrument as a minor subject.
Please note the following for all instruments:
- The entrance examination is in two parts and may therefore extend over several days. In part I candidates will be examined in their major. Those who pass this part of the examination will be admitted to part II, which consists of examinations in the compulsory subjects.
- The performance given in the entrance examination for Department 1 should demonstrate the candidate's artistic talents as a predictor of his or her aptitude to work as a professional musician.
- The examples of pieces given in the examination syllabus indicate the minimum level of difficulty.
- For all pieces which require an accompaniment, this should be played on the piano or harpsichord; the accompanist is normally provided by the university. If the candidate chooses to bring his/her own accompanist the university should be informed well in advance.