Department of keyboard and percussion instruments


Harpsichord and historical keyboard instruments

Play the following pieces on a harpsichord (or possibly piano or organ):

  1. Three 2-voice Inventions by J. S. Bach;
  2. One sonata by D. Scarlatti or another sonata by an Italian 18th century author or (for organists) a prelude and fugue by J.S. Bach;
  3. Two dance movements from the keyboard repertoire of the 17th or 18th century.


  • Written examination: the candidate must choose between:
  1. A three-part counterpoint (with imitations) from a cantus firmus as assigned by the commission, or
  2. The harmonisation of a 4-part chorale as assigned by the commission.

    Time of examination: 4 hours in classroom with piano.

  • Play on organ
  1. One piece by a Italian author from the 16th or 17th century
  2. One piece by a German, French or Dutch author from the 17th or 18th century
  3. One prelude and fugue by J.S. Bach from the II, III or IV volume (ed. Peters)
  4. One piece by a romantic author
  5. One piece from the 20th century.

Percussion instruments
  1. Play two studies of medium difficulty for drum showing a knowledge of the fundamental rudiments, embellishments (single and double grace notes), and the roll (measured or double and strisciato or closed).
  2. Demonstrate ability to play all major and minor scales, including arpeggios and third intervals on keyboard instruments (e.g. xylophone) to the maximum extent permitted by the instrument.
  3. Play one study on the xylophone chosen by the commission from three presented by the candidate.
  4. Play one study with four mallets on the vibraphone, including dampening, chosen by the commission from two presented by the candidate.
  5. Play one study for at least three timpani with easy changes of pitch.
  6. Play one short composition for percussion and piano (e.g. vibraphone & piano, xylophone & piano, drums & piano, multi-percussion & piano).
  7. Play non-difficult passages from the classical symphonic repertoire (e.g. Rossini, Mozart, Haydn, Beethoven, Verdi).
  8. Interview to establish candidate's general and musical background and motivation.


  1. J.S. Bach: part of one suite (3/4 movements) or a prelude and fugue from the Well-Tempered Clavier.
  2. The first movement of one classical sonata.
  3. Three technical studies.