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Common university audition pieces?

Discussion in 'Music [DB]' started by Blacksheep, Mar 2, 2008.

  1. Blacksheep

    Blacksheep Destroyobot

    Sep 7, 2006
    Manitoba, Canada
    I'm just curious to know if there are certain standards or popular pieces that people play for entrance audtions. Thanks
  2. Illfavor


    Mar 9, 2005
    The standard concerto repertoire (Dragonetti, Kouss, Vanhal, von Dittersdorf) or a movement from the Bach suites (Suites 1 and 3 are popular) seem to be good or required choices. Some places also ask for an etude, but that's totally wide open.
  3. anything baroque is also pretty solid, Eccles, Bach, Marcello, etc. Also the Bottesini and Koussevitzky short pieces are pretty good ones, ie. Chanson Triste or Valse Miniature. Know your scales inside and out with all kinds of slurrs and rhythms.
  4. mattgray


    Nov 16, 2007
    Cincinnati, OH
    Koussevitzky and Bach seemed to be the perennial favorites this year (at least from where I went, most of our repertoire (including mine) was).
  5. Siegy


    Jun 28, 2007
    Central Neb.
    Throw in some Michael Jackson basslines and you'll be gold. Beat it, Billie Jean, Smooth Criminal. You know, the classics.
  6. olaff421


    Sep 29, 2006
    Murfreesboro TN
    Freebird, and Mustang Sally.
  7. Cody_Gibs1


    Mar 15, 2005
    Brooklyn, NY
    If you audition for jazz, DON'T play Blue Bossa.
  8. Tyler_W


    Jun 15, 2005
    Woodbridge, VA
    it really depends on where you're going...

    I got in playing Simandl 10 and a Beethoven sonatina... and yes, I'm a music major (not a minor like many assume!)
  9. Peter Ferretti

    Peter Ferretti

    Jun 7, 2005
    I'll second the concerto and Bach suggestions. I stuck to pretty bread and butter audition program this year...

    Vanhal First movement, Prelude and Allemande from the Third Bach Suite

    I didn't see any orchestral licks mentioned, and every major school will want here a few of those. Do a search but the standard licks include
    Mozart 35, 39, 40,

    Beethoven 3,5,7,9

    Brahms One and Two

    Strauss Heldenleben, Don Juan, Zarathustra, pretty much any of the tone poems.

    There are many others, but for most undergrad programs pretty much anything from that list should suffice.
  10. RobinRhodes


    Jun 16, 2008
    I played the first movement of the Dragonetti concerto, the first Kreutzer etude, and an excerpt from Mozart 40.
  11. Did you only have to play one solo? most of the websites I've seen ask for two that contrast, or at least two movements.

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