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Master of Music 4 semesters German B 1 (GER)

Qualifying exam

  • Main subject

    Practical artistic examination; examination duration 45-50 minutes
    A written examination programme must be brought to the examination.

    A) Focus on Organ literature playing

    Performance of at least three works from different eras or with different stylistic orientations

    Assessment criteria

    • stylistically confident, differentiated, creative ability with regard to articulation, phrasing and sound (registration)
    • technical and musical mastery and musical imagination
    • stylistic confidence
    • creative ability
    • artistic individuality and expressiveness

    B) Focus on Organ improvisation

    • Improvisation of two smaller and one larger piece of different stylistic (e.g. Renaissance, Baroque, Classical, Romantic, Modern), compositional (e.g. Counterpoint, Har-monic) and formal types (suite, chorale arrangement, variation, prelude, fugue, sonata, cha-racter piece, free forms) and in different national traditions (e.g. France, Germany), whereby the contrapuntal type of composition must be included.
    • Performance of two pieces of organ literature from different eras

    Assessment criteria

    • stylistically confident, technically differentiated improvisation at a high technical level - technical-musical mastery and musical imagination
    • stylistic confidence
    • creative ability
    • artistic individuality and expressiveness

Application process

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for studies starting in winter term 2021/22 Subject-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 degree programme qualifies

The Master's degree course in Organ / Organ Improvisation prepares students for a future career in which they will mainly work as freelance artists. Graduates can work in various professional fields, for example as a soloist, as a member of an ensemble or as an organist in churches.

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