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Master of Music 4 semesters German B 2 (GER)

Qualifying exam

  • Main subject

    Artistic-practical exam
    Duration: 30 minutes

    A written programme must be brought to the examination.

    • one solo work of your choice for piano or harpsichord (approx. 3 minutes)
    • sightreading an easy to medium piece
    • performance without rehearsal of vocal works with a singer provided by the university

    For piano as the main subject, the repertoire will be sent to candidates four weeks before the examination date and will include the following periods and genres:

    • one aria from a popular Bach or Handel oratorio
    • one aria from a popular Mozart opera
    • two arias from late Romanticism/verismo, including one from a Puccini opera
    • one popular aria from a German Romantic opera
    • three Lieder from the Romantic period, two of them in different keys

    One of the above works must be worked out with the singer for 10 minutes.

    For the main subject Historical Keyboards, the following arias and songs must be prepared (on harpsichord):

    Piano reductions:

    • Handel: "Rejoice", soprano aria from the "Messiah"
    • J. S. Bach: "Ich folge Dir gleichfalls", soprano aria from the "St John Passion"
    • Haydn: "Und Gott sprach"/"Auf starkem Fittiche" recitative and aria for soprano from "Die Schöpfung"
    • Mozart: "Et incarnatus est", soprano aria from the "Mass in C minor"

    One of the above works must be worked out with the singer for 10 minutes.

    Basso Continuo:

    • H. Schütz: "O süßer, o freundlicher" and "Ich will den Herren loben allezeit", from "Kleine geistliche Konzerte für eine Stimme"
    • J. S. Bach: "Höchster, mache deine Güte", aria from the cantata BWV 51: "Jauchzet Gott"
    • J. S. Bach: "Ach! dass mein Glaube", recitative from the cantata BWV 38 "Aus tiefer Not schrei ich zu Dir"

    The examination board selects the pieces to be performed.

    Assessment criteria

    • Ability to accompany instrumentalists (balance, breathing, attentiveness)
    • Ability to adequately prepare a repertoire given at short notice - Ability to prepare short notice repertoire
    • accompanying skills (in terms of pianistic technique, sound, flexibility)
    • good ability of sight-reading
    • stylistic knowledge
    • creative ability
    • the ability to communicate musical ideas
    • stage presence
    • artistic individuality and expressiveness

Application process

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for studies starting in winter semester 2021/22Subject-specific study and examination regulations (German)

The subject-specific study and examination regulations form the legal basis for your degree programme. They contain all the information you need to know about your studies, including module descriptions and how your grades are calculated.

Professional field for which the degree programme qualifies

The Master's degree in Vocal Accompaniment prepares students for a future career in which they will work primarily as an accompanist in a conservatory, opera house, music school or as a freelance pianist.

In addition to solo and chamber music concerts and teaching, accompaniment is another area of the pianist's working life in which they can find a wide range of professional opportunities. Singers, in particular, rely on the help of an accompanist to rehearse their repertoire and, of course, to perform.

This places high demands on graduates in terms of both artistic ability and personality, as well as the ability to grasp the demands of the vocal repertoire quickly and in depth, to convey musical content and to help singers in all aspects. The course also aims to provide students with the necessary artistic skills for a possible career in tertiary education. in the tertiary education sector.

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