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TRINITY GUILDHALL PIANO INITIAL 2015-2017

       
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Trinity Guildhall: Piano Initial - Pieces And Exercises 2015-2017

Three pieces are to be played chosen from the lists below. Alternatively, one piece only may be replaced by a solo piece of the candidate’s own choice.

Only one duet may be chosen

Charlton. Easy Living
Crosland. Ready to Go!
Holland. On a Wintry Day
Hook. Gavotte (primo only or as a duet. The optional lower part may be played by the teacher, or another pupil, but may not be pre-recorded)
Milne. Smooth and Crunchy
Muller. Summer Swing
Norton. Spring Day (primo only or as a duet. The optional lower part may be played by the teacher, or another pupil, but may not be pre-recorded)
Vogel. March Time
Walker. The Stroke of Midnight


Any of the following pices may also be chosen

 

Mopstick Rag

from Chester's Piano Duets

1. A Chat between Friends

2. March

from Piano Time Pieces Book 1  

1.Heigh-ho

2. Britches full of Stitches

from Abracadabra Piano 2

Flannagan's Jig

from Piano Time Going Places  

Circle Dance  

from Piano Time Dance

 

 Captain Xenon’s
Intergalactic Mystery Tour

from Superhero Piano Book 

Little Sonata

from Classics to Moderns Book 1



Initial candidates are to prepare 2 of the following 4 options;

musical knowledge
Initial
1. The pitch names, and durations of any notes (excluding those with leger lines except middle C).
2. Identify clefs, stave, bar lines and key/time signatures.
3. Very simple musical terms and signs in the pieces, such as U , ‘repeat’, f and p.
4. Questions about the titles of the pieces played (e.g. what is a Minuet? Why is this piece called ‘Squabble’?)
improvisation

The improvisation test explores the candidate’s ability to respond creatively to a musical stimulus.
Candidates must select any one of the following types of stimuli and identify their choice on the appointment slip:
either melodic: based on a series of pitches
or rhythmic: based on a rhythmic idea
or chordal: based on a set of chord symbols.
The parameters are given in the chart overleaf.
Melodic Stimulus (3 stepwise notes)
The examiner will give the candidate a copy of a series of written pitches and will play it through twice at a steady tempo. Candidates should repeat the pitches on their instrument, and then prepare and perform an improvisation using these pitches as the basis for the performance.
Rhythmic Stimulus (2 bars of common time using crotchets, minims)
The examiner will give the candidate a copy of an opening rhythm and then play it twice. Candidates should repeat it on their instrument, and then prepare and perform a short improvisation based on this rhythm, adding melodic material as appropriate.
Chordal Stimulus (4-bar phrase in major keys of C,F or G 2 bars per chord)
The examiner will give the candidate a copy of a 2-stave piano score containing notated chords with chord symbols printed above. The examiner will play this through twice at a steady tempo. The candidate should then prepare and perform a short improvisation based on given chords.
Piano candidates may choose to perform the improvisation as a solo incorporating the chord pattern or may request that the examiner plays the chords while they improvise above them. The phrase may be repeated several times, depending on length and speed, until the improvisation reaches a natural conclusion

Up to Grade 5, candidates will be given 30 seconds preparation time to develop their response. The examiner will then request that they begin their improvisation.Marks are awarded for planning, structure, form, melodic, harmonic & rhythmic creativity, inventiveness and logical progression, appropriate length and use of instrumental resources.

 

sight reading

key of C major

in simple duple time with crotchet beats

using crotchets, minims and semibreve rests

dynamics from pano - forte, moderato

articulation - simple phrasing

 

aural test

for Initial and Grade 1 are all in major keys
1. To sing, hum or whistle the final tonic note of a four-bar melody in 2 time, played with the final note omitted. The key chord will be sounded before the melody is played.
2. To clap back the rhythm of the melody after hearing it played twice.
3. To identify, after another hearing, whether the melody was played mainly legato or staccato.
4. To identify, after hearing three consecutive notes from the melody, which was the highest
or lowest.

 

 
 

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