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Bachelor of Music 8 semesters German B 2 (GER)

Qualifying exam

  • Main subject

    Artistic-practical exam
    Duration: 15-20 minutes
    A written programme must be brought to the examination.

    • Baroque bassoon/dulcian and Baroque oboe
      • three pieces of different styles, including one slow and one fast movement of a baroque sonata (e.g. Corelli, Bach, Handel)
      • a piece of your choice
    • Baroque trumpet/Baroque trombone
      • three pieces of different styles
    • Baroque violin/Baroque viola
      • one slow and one fast movement from a baroque Basso Continuo sonata in Italian style or mixed flavours
      • a work of your choice, with Basso Continuo or solo
    • Baroque violoncello
      • three works in different styles
    • Harpsichord
      • one work from the 17th century
      • one work by Bach
      • two works in the French Baroque style or sonatas by D. Scarlatti or Soler
    • Fortepiano
      • one work from the Viennese Classical period (J. Haydn or W. A. Mozart)
      • a work by one of Bach's sons
    • Lute/theorbo
      • three works of different styles
    • Transverse flute
      • one slow and one fast movement from a baroque Basso Continuo sonata in Italian or mixed style
      • three movements of a sonata or suite in the French style
      • two movements of a sonata in the sensitive style
      • sight-reading
    • Viola da gamba
      • one unaccompanied ricercar by D. Ortiz
      • any movement from a sonata by Bach
      • one movement from a sonata by Abel
      • another piece of your choice
      • sight-reading

    Compulsory instrumental subject

    Practical artistic examination; examination duration 8 minutes
    to be taken either on the piano or the harpsichord
    not applicable for harpsichord main subject, fortepiano main subject, lute main subject and theorbo main subject


    • two pieces of different styles
    • Examples for the level of difficulty are
      • Bach: two-part inventions
      • Haydn: Early sonatas (e.g. from Henle, Volume 1)
      • Schumann: Album for the youth
      • Prokofiev: Musique d'enfants
      • Allers: Bagatelles

    Applicants must show that they have a basic knowledge of piano playing and sight-reading.

    • Examples of the level of difficulty of sight-reading are
      • Pieces from Kurt Herrmann's sight-reading school
      • "27 little piano pieces" by Lajos Papp (Editio Musica Budapest)
      • "You can Sight Read" by Lorina Havill


    • two pieces of different styles
    • Orientation examples for the level of difficulty are:
      • J. S. Bach: an invention or a work from one of the piano booklets
      • G. P. Telemann: one movement of a fantasia
      • F. Couperin: a prelude from "L'Art de toucher le clavecin"
      • one movement of a suite by H. Purcell, D. Buxtehude, G. Böhm or similar

    If you are admitted to the Bachelor's degree programmes Historical Instruments/Early Music (KA and KPA), you can choose between piano, harpsichord, Organ or fortepiano.

    Ear training

    Written and oral examination; examination lasts 35 minutes

    Music theory

    Written and oral examination; examination duration 35 minutes

Application process

Find out more on our application and admissions page.

for studies starting in winter semester 2023/24Subject-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.

What can I expect in this study area?

Professional field for which the course qualifies

The Bachelor's degree programme in Historical Instruments (performance) prepares students for a future career that can be very individual. Graduates of this course typically work as freelance soloists and chamber musicians in baroque orchestras. This places high demands on both the artistic abilities and personality of graduates, as well as their communication and marketing skills.

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