Performer´s Diploma (Konzertexamen)

This course has the character of a masterclass. Candidates who have demonstrated outstanding abilities in their studies to date will be purposefully prepared for  careers as soloists, composers or conductors.

Strings

Violin

2 Caprices of your choice (e.g. Vieuxtemps, Wieniawski op. 10, Paganini)

 1st and 2nd movements from a solo sonata or Chaconne by J. S. Bach

 1st and 2nd movements (with cadenza) from a concerto by W. A. Mozart (KV 218, KV 219, KV 271)

2 contrasting movements from a solo sonata by J. S. Bach

One movement from a Romantic virtuoso concerto or a concerto composed after 1950 (e.g. Wienawski no. 1, Tchaikovsky, Glazunov, Dvorak, Brahms, Paganini, Beethoven, Prokofiev, Shostakovich etc.)

One work for solo violin composed after 1950

Viola

Four movements (1-4) from one of J. S. Bach’s 6 solo suites

 1st and 2nd movements from a concerto by Hoffmeister or Stamitz

 1st and 2nd movements from a sonata by Schubert, Brahms, Schumann or similar

 1st and 2nd movements from one of the concertos by Hindemith, Walton or Bartok

 

Cello

J. S. Bach: Three movements from Suites no. IV, V or VI

J. Haydn: Concerto in D major, 1st movement with cadenza and 2nd movement

 1st and 2nd movements from one of the cello concertos by Schumann, Dvorak or Walton, or Tchaikovsky’s Rococo Variations

L. v. Beethoven: Sonata op. 102 no. 1 – 1st movement (with Allegro vivace) or op. 102 no. 2  1st movement

 

Double bass

Franz Schubert: Trout Quintet (entire bass part)

Henry Eccles: Sonata (entire work)

Recitative from Beethoven’s 9th symphony

An orchestral part of your choice

A fast movement from one of the following works: Koussevitzky, Bottesini or Dittersdorf concerto

One work composed after 1950

Duration of aptitude test for string instruments: approx. 30-40 minutes

Wind instruments

Applicants are expected to give a recital of the length of half a solo concert evening oriented on the requirements of an international competition. All eras must be represented. Applicants are required to perform:

1. One solo work of extremely advanced difficulty

2. One sonata or sonata-like work with piano

3. One virtuoso concerto

 Duration: approx. 30-45 minutes

Piano

This course is aimed at outstandingly talented musicians destined for careers as international soloists. The requirements of the AT correspond to those of a (“medium-level”) international competition (comparable to the Deutscher Musikwettbewerb (German Music Competition)). Applications must be accompanied by a detailed list of the candidate’s artistic activities to date, his or her concert activities (also with orchestra) and prior experience in competitions.

Candidates must prepare a recital programme lasting approximately 65-80 minutes and requiring an extremely high level of pianistic/artistic competence. The programme must include works from the Baroque, Viennese classical and Romantic eras and from the 20th century. The recital must also include an etude by F. Chopin (excluding op. 10/3, op. 10/6, op. 25/7).

The candidate may choose the first piece.

Piano duo

Internal applicants from the hmt

60-70 minute recital of works for piano with four hands and/or two pianos from different eras, one of which must have been composed after 1950.

External applicants

External applicants must also prepare a 60-minute recital of works for piano with four hands and/or two pianos offering a cross-section of the most important eras.

Singing

The jury will choose works from a programme of extremely advanced difficulty; these must be performed from memory (except for oratorio excerpts) and in the original language.

The programme, which must include works from all eras, should consist of:

1. one major opera role

2. one major song cycle

3. one major oratorio role

4. one major solo role from a symphonic work or choral symphony

5. A selection of repertoire of the applicant’s choice (6 arias, 6 songs)

Duration: approx. 30 minutes

Percussion

Applicants are expected to give a recital of the length of half a solo concert evening oriented on the requirements of an international competition. All percussion areas must be represented. Applicants are required to perform:

1.       Solo works of extremely advanced difficulty

2.       One concerto

Duration: approx. 30-45 minutes

Harp

Applicants are expected to give a recital of the length of half a solo concert evening oriented on the requirements of an international competition. All eras must be represented.

 1. One solo work of extremely advanced difficulty (virtuoso)

 2. One complete sonata (competition-oriented)

 3. One virtuoso harp concerto with piano accompaniment

Guitar

Approx. 20 minutes of a proposed typical concert programme of the applicant’s choice lasting 90 minutes will be heard. The examination board will choose the pieces to be performed immediately before the examination. There will also be a discussion. The programme should have the level of difficulty expected at an international competition.

The following eras must be represented: Renaissance/Baroque, Classical/Romantic, Spanish/Latin American music, new music.

Répétition

1. Performance at the piano with vocal marking of an ensemble scene of advanced difficulty from an opera by Richard Strauss or Richard Wagner.

2. Directing an ensemble rehearsal with voice students

Duration: 40 minutes

Orchestral conducting

Conducting and rehearsing the college orchestra in a repertoire rehearsal

Duration: 40 minutes

Composition (major composition diploma)

Applications for the major composition diploma must

1. submit the following together with their application

a) Three of their own compositions:

one work for a solo instrument, one orchestral work, one vocal composition

(The examination board may decide on the applicant’s aptitude on the basis of the compositions submitted)

b) A list of works and performances

c) A sound carrier with at least 5 recorded works

2. On the day of the aptitude test, applicants must sit a five-hour composition examination entailing the entire conceptualisation and drafting of at least an excerpt of a work incorporating the material (text, problems) provided for the task.

3. Give a talk on their own compositions lasting approximately 40 minutes; this must include issues relating to current developments in new music

4. Answer questions put by the examination board and explain compositional processes using scores from various eras.

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