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ABRSM PIANO GRADE EIGHT 2015-2016

GRADE I GRADE 2 GRADE 3 GRADE 4 GRADE 5 GRADE 6 GRADE 7 GRADE 8

2015-2016 ABRSM piano exam books in store

 

book only

 

 

 

book & 2 CDs

 

 

 

scales&arpeggios

 

 

 

sight reading

 

 

 

aural tests grade8

 

 

Grade 8 pieces performed on youTube

2015-16 GRADE 7 ABRSM recordings

Selected Piano Exam Pieces 2015-2016:Grade 8

This Grade 8 book of 9 piano pieces (current until March 2017) provides a rich and varied repertoire and includes arrangemants of well known pieces as well as helpful footnotes and syllabus information. Available as Book + CD, book only and CD only.Three pieces to be chosen, one from each list A B and C

 

 

CDs only

 

 

LIST A

1 Alwyn. Prelude and Fugue formed on an Indian Scale


2 J.S.Bach. Prelude and Fugue in C minor BWV 847: No.2 from Das wokltemperirte Clavier part 1


D.Scarlatti. Sonata in F minor Kp 239 (L281)

 

alternative pieces on List A and not included in this book, but available separately are;

4 J.S.Bach. Allegro in E minor( from BWV 1019): No.20 from Bach Easy Pieces and Dances


5 Handel. Air and Doubles ( "The Harmonious Blacksmith"): 4th mvt from Suite in E HWV 430 No.21 from Handel Selected keyboard works Book 1 or Handel 8 Great Suites book 2


6 D.Scarlatti. Sonata in B minor Kp 497 or Scarlatti 2 Sonatas for Keyboard, Kp.497 and Kp.182 (Bärenreiter BA 6590) or No.176 from Scarlatti 200 Sonatas Vol.4 (Editio Musica Budapest Z.8666)


7 C.Schumann. Prelude and Fugue in G minor Op. 16 No.1 Clara Schumann Romantic Piano Music Vol.1


8 Shostakovich Prelude and Fugue in A minor, Op. 87 No. 2. Shostakovich 24 Preludes and Fugues, Op. 87, Vol. 1 (Sikorski–Boosey & Hawkes or Peters EP 4716a)

LIST B

1J.I.Dussek.Allegro con spirito 1st mvt. from Sonata in B flat Op.24


2 Grieg. Allegro moderato: 1st mvt. from Sonata in E minor Op.7


3Schubert. Allegro ma non troppo: 1st mvt from Sonata in A minor D.537

 

alternative pieces on List B and not included in this book, but available separately are;

4 Beethoven Allegro: 1st movt from Sonata in G, Op. 14 No. 2. Sonata published individually (ABRSM) or Beethoven The 35 Piano Sonatas, Vol. 1 (ABRSM)


5 Field. Rondo: Twelve O' Clock. No. 12 from Field nocturnes and Other Short Piano Pieces
6 Haydn. Allegro moderato: 1st mvt. from Sonata in A Hob. XVI/26 sonata published individually or No.6 from Haydn Complete Piano Sonatas Vol.3


7 Hummel. Rondo all'Ungarese Op. 107 No.6: No.5 from Hummel Sonatas and Piano Pieces Vol.3


8 Mozart. Allegro con Spirito: 1st mvt. from Sonata in D. K311 sonata published individually or Mozart Sonatas for Pianoforte Vol. 1

LIST C

1Bartok. Dance in Bulgarian Rhythm No.4 from Mikrokosmos Vol.6
2 Bridge. Canzonetta
3Chopin. Waltz in B minor Op.69 No.2
4 Faure. Andante quasi allegretto: No.1 from pieces breves Op.84
5 Philip Martin. Allegro con brio: No.4 from The Rainbow comes and Goes
6Harry warren and Al Dubin. September in the Rain. arr. Iles

 

alternative pieces on List C and not included in this book, but available separately are;

7 Bax. Country tune. Bax Selected Works for piano


8 Brahms. No1 from Four Ballads Op.10


9 Chabrier. Habanera
10 Debussy. Danse bohemienne: No.4 from Debussy Easy Piano Pieces and Dances or Debussy Six morceaux de jeunesse


11 Dohnanyi. Allemande: 2nd mvt. from Suite in the Olden Style Op.24
12 Hindemith. Tanz der Holzpuppen (Dance of the Wooden Dolls) (from Tuttifantchen) (either line in RH in bb. 79-81)


13 Janacek. Sycek neodletel! (The Barn Owl has Flown Away): No.10 from Po zarostlem chodnicku (On an Overgrown Path)


14Liszt. Eglogue: No.7 from Annees de Pelerinage,Premier Annee Suisse


15 Milhaud. Tijuca: No.8 from Saudades do Brasil Op. 67


16 Tchaikovsky. Nocturne Op. 10 No.1 P.104 from Tchaikovsky Selected Works for Piano Vol.1

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Scales (similar motion)
C, D, B, F#, F, Eb, Ab /G#, Db /C# majors & minors (minors both harmonic and melodic) legato or staccato as directed by the examiner, hands together and separately4 octaves

Scales a third apart
keys as above (majors & harmonic minors only) legato or staccato as directed by the examiner, 4 octaves hands together


Scales a sixth apart
keys as above (majors & harmonic minors only) legato or staccato as directed by the examiner,4 octaves hands together


Legato scales in thirds
C and Bb majors hands separately 2 octaves


Chromatic scales a minor third apart
beginning on any notes named by the examiner legato or staccato as directed by the examiner,4 octaves hands together


Chromatic scale in minor thirds
beginning on A#/C# legato, hands separately 2 octaves


Whole-tone scale
beginning on E legato, hands together and separately 2 octaves

Arpeggios
keys as for scales above in root position, first and
second inversions legato, (similar motion) hands together and separately, 4 octaves

Dominant sevenths
in the keys of C, D, B, F#, F, Eb, Ab, Db legato, hands together and separately 4 octaves

Diminished sevenths
beginning on any note named by the examiner legato, hands together and separately 4 octaves

SIGHT-READING


AURAL TESTS FOR THE GRADE

Piano Scales and Arpeggios: Grade 8

Piano Specimen Sight-reading Tests: Grade 8

Specimen Aural Tests, Grades 8 from 2011

 

Listen to all the ABRSM 2015-2016 exam pieces on you tube 

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