Department of theory and analysis, composition and conducting

  • Written examinations
  1. Composition of a small contrapuntal piece for three voices of an instrumental character (invention, fugato, ricercar, etc.) on a subject-incipit chosen by the commission or a free composition for scorings chosen by the commission (test over 8 hours in classroom with piano)
  2. Four-part harmonisation of a chorale melody chosen by the commission (test over 4 hours in classroom with piano)
  3. Harmonic and formal analysis of a piece chosen by the candidate from at least three proposed by the commission (test over 3 hours in classroom with piano).
  • Oral examination
  1. Discussion on harmony, counterpoint, forms and techniques from Baroque to the present, with particular reference to the content of the written examinations.
  2. Presentation of free works by the candidate.


Instrumentation for wind orchestra (conducting of band)
  1. Verification of rhythmic and perceptual abilities related to hearing;
  2. Theory;
  3. Play pieces (free choice) on piano and/or orchestral instrument;
  4. Sight reading and sight singing;
  5. Practical examination conducting the following works: Holst 1st Suite in E-flat, Stravinsky Symphonies of Wind Instruments to Figure 6, Anton Bruckner Locus Iste;
  6. Interview to establish candidate's motivation and attitude;
  7. Test of knowledge of German.

    Dirigieren_Instrumentieren für Blasorchester.pdf

           Holst First_1.satz score.pdf

           strawinsky sinfonies.pdf




Sacred music in German
  1. Play on organ:
    One work of medium difficulty from the Baroque era (e.g. Prelude in D major by D. Buxtehude, Prelude in C major BWV 545 by J. S. Bach)
    One work chosen by the candidate,
    One chorale prelude by J. S. Bach (from the "Orgelbüchlein").
  2. Vocal performance
    Extemporaneous reading of an unknown religious song
    Performance of a sacred aria or lied (e.g. by J. S. Bach Gesänge zu Schemellis Musicalischem Gesangsbuch).
  3. Written examination in music theory and solfege: knowledge of music theory, melodic and rhythmic dictation (interval, minor and major triads, scales).
  4. Preparation and conducting (after a short period for preparation) of a religious song for three or four voices or of a canon.