Early Music

Early Music

CONTACTS

Head of Programme: Univ.-Prof. Michael Posch
Singerstraße 26, 2nd floor, 1010 Vienna, Austria
Phone: +43 1 512 77 47-460
Mobile: +43 664 606 47 460
E-mail: m.posch(at)muk.ac.atm.posch(at)unicorn-ensemble.at

Vice Head of Programme: Univ.-Prof. Mag. Ulrike Engel
Mobile: +43 664 606 47 461
E-mail: u.engel(at)muk.ac.at


TEACHERS

Historical keyboard instruments

Univ.-Prof. Mag. Erich Traxler

Harpsichord

Univ.-Prof. Mag. Erich Traxler

Historical Violin

Univ.-Prof. Mag. Ulrike Engel

Historical Violoncello

Mag. Jörg Zwicker

Historical Double Bass

Univ.-Prof. Francisco José Montero Martinez

Viola da Gamba

Pierre Pitzl

Lute

Univ.-Prof. ao. Univ.-Prof. Dr. Luciano Còntini

Recorder

Univ.-Prof. Michael Posch

Flauto traverso

Reinhard Czasch

Historical oboe instruments

Univ.-Prof. Andreas Helm

Historical bassoon instruments

Univ.-Prof. Jennifer Harris

Vocal ensemble for instrumentalists


Agnes Boll

String instruments 14.—16. century

Mag. Thomas Wimmer

Literature studies with BC




Mag. Dr. Susanne Abed-Navandi
Univ.-Prof. Carsten Lorenz
Mag. Reinhard Führer, MA

Literature studies with BC/ Fortepiano

Univ.-Prof. Mikayel Balyan

Historical Dance

Univ.-Prof. Margit Legler

 

MAJOR SUBJECTS

  • Historical keyboard instruments
  • Harpsichord
  • Baroque violin
  • Baroque cello
  • Violon
  • Viola da gamba
  • Lute
  • Recorder
  • Flauto traverso
  • Historical oboe instruments
  • Historical bassoon instruments


Music and Arts University of the City of Vienna was the first Austrian institution to establish a programme for Early Music in which the focus of its practice-oriented training is the realization of a musical repertoire ranging from the Ars Nova to the beginning of the Romantic period played on historically adequate instruments based on the study of historical sources.

Instruction for Early Music is held in Singerstraße 26, 1010 Vienna.


Historical keyboard instruments, Harpsichord, Baroque violin, Baroque cello, Violon, Viola da gamba, Lute, Recorder, Flauto traverso, Historical oboe instruments, Historical bassoon instruments

Bachelor's Programme
Duration: 8 semesters
Degree: Bachelor of Arts
Minimum age: 17*
Recommended age limit: 29

Non-degree programme
Duration: 2 semesters
No age limit


Preparatory course
Duration: max. 4 semesters
Age limit: 18* (maximum age)

Master's Programme
Duration: 4 semesters
Degree: Master of Arts
No age limit


Certificate of Performance (CoP)
Duration: 2 semesters
Degree: Certificate
No age limit




* Admissibility is based on the applicant's age. Exceptions may be granted by the department chair upon request.

ADMISSION / ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS BACHELOR'S PROGRAMME

The admission exam serves to ascertain the applicant’s suitability in the areas of instrumental skills, musical talent and intellectual maturity. For admission to the programme all sections of the exam must be passed.


Historical keyboard instruments, Harpsichord, Baroque violin, Baroque cello, Violon, Viola da Gamba, Lute, Recorder, Flauto traverso, Historical oboe instruments, Historical bassoon instruments

Entrance exam for Bachelor’s Programme

1. Recital of a programme (approx. 20 minutes) consisting of at least two works of different musical styles and characters chosen by the applicant on the respective historical instrument. (Baroque cello, recorder, lute and harpsichord only need to perform one piece; for further information see below)
2. Sight-reading (for lute only bass lines)
3. Hearing and grasping simple sequences of accords and melodies by singing/playing them back; completing a melody on the instrument
4. Realization of simple cadenzas on the harpsichord

For harpsichord and lute:  Performance of a simple piece of figured bass

For harpsichord: Improvisation of simple cadenzas and a simple counterpoint

Interview based on the letter of motivation


Literature proposals for the e
ntrance exam for Bachelor’s Programme
 
Baroque violin
D. Castello: "Sonata Concertate Libro secondo"  Sonata Prima, Sonata Seconda
G. Frescobaldi:  Canzoni per Canto Solo
G. B. Fontana: 6 Sonatas per il Violino
A. Corelli: Sonata a violino Opera Quarta Parte secondo
A. Vivaldi: Sonatas op. 2
G. F. Händel: Six Sonata for Violin and Basso Continuo
G. P. Telemann: Sonata Metodiche
G. P. Telemann: 12 Fantasies for Solo Violin
E. J. de la Guerre: Sonata in d minor
J.-J. Cassanea de Mondonville: Piece de Clavecin avec Voix ou Violon op. 5
J. F. Rebel: Pièces pour le violon

Baroque cello
A. Vivaldi: Sonatas
B. Marcello: Sonatas
D. Gabrielli: Ricercare
Compulsory piece:
J. S. Bach: 2 movements from the suites 1-3
 
Violon
-    2 movements from one classical concerto:
     F. Keyper: Romance et Rondo
     W. Pichl: Concerto
     Karl Ditters von Dittersdorf: Concerto n° 1 or n° 2
     G. A. Capuzzi: Concerto
     G. B. Cimador: Concerto
     A. Savi: Concerto
     D. Dragonetti: Andante e Rondò
-    2 movements from a baroque sonata (transcriptions):
     B. Marcello, W. De Fesch, S. Eccles.
-    Orchestral passages (1 baroque, 1 classical)

Viola da Gamba
D. Ortiz: Recercadas
Chr. Simpson: Divisions
G. P. Telemann: Sonata in e minor or g minor
M. Marais: Suite
 
Hist. oboe instruments
G. Ph. Telemann: Die kleine Kammermusik, partitas for oboe and BC
Ph. Prover: Sonatas
J. Ch. Schickhardt: Sonatas
G. Sammartini: Sonatas
D. M. Dreyer: Sonatas
J. K. F. Fischer: Suites (edition for soprano-recorder and BC)
C. Dieupart: Suites (orig. for recorder and BC)
F. Chauvon: Suites for oboe and BC
 
Hist. Bassoon instruments
D. Ortiz: Recercadas
G. Frescobaldi: Canzoni
J. B. de Boismortier: One sonata from op. 14 or op. 40
J. D. Braun: Sonata I or V from op. 6

Flauto traverso
G. P. Telemann: Sonatas, partitas from Die Kleine Kammermusik and duets
J. J. Quantz: Sonatas
G. F. Händel: Sonatas
J. B. de Boismortier: Sonatas
J. M. Leclair: Sonatas
J. M. Hotteterre, L. de Caix d'Hervelois, F. Philidor: Suites and sonatas
 
Recorder
D. Castello: Sonata Prima
G. F. Fontana: Sonata Terza and Quarta
M. Uccelini: Toccata 6
G. Bassano: Ricercare
J. S. Bach: 2 movements from sonatas
G. F. Händel, G.P. Telemann: Sonatas
B. Marcello, P. B. Bellinzani, N. Chedeville/A. Vivaldi: Sonatas
J. M. Hotteterre, A. D. Philidor: Suite and sonata
Compulsory piece:
G.P. Telemann:  One Fantasia (from 12 fantasias for recorder/flauto traverso)

Lute
the entire lute literature
Compulsory piece: D. Ortiz: Recercada
 
Harpsichord
J. S. Bach: Wohltemperiertes Clavier 1 and 2, in three parts, inventions
Movements from the suites of F. Couperin, N. A. Lebeque, J. H. D'Anglebert
Toccatas of M. Rossi, C. Merulo
Canzones and correntes of G. Frescobaldi
Toccatas of J. P. Sweelinck
Works out of the Fitzwilliam Virginal Book
Composory piece basso continuo: G. F. Händel: Sonata in F major for recorder (one slower and one faster movement will be chosen by the commission)


Proof of German language proficiency:
After successful completion of the admission exam, applicants whose native language is not German are to furnish the Admissions Office with
proof of their proficiency in German at the A2/B1 level (according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages). More information can be found on the info sheet
"Proficiency in German".


ADMISSION / ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS MASTER'S PROGRAMME

The admission exam serves to ascertain the suitability of the applicants on a practical and theoretical level taking their previous knowledge and skills into account. The prerequisites for admission to the master’s programme are the applicant’s successful completion of a bachelor’s programme or an equivalent degree programme at a post-secondary educational institution in Austria or abroad and successfully passing the admission exam. If no bachelor's degree or equivalent diploma in the field of study "Early Music" can be provided, the student might has to complete additional courses of the bachelor's programme (see article 10 of appendix 1 to the charter).

The qualitative requirements for passing the entrance exam are based on the requirements for the final exam of the bachelor’s programme.

Admissions exam

1) Recital of a technical representative program. The jury chooses the pieces. Maximal total duration: 25 minutes.
- At least 3 different styles
- At least 2 instruments
- 1 solo piece with no accompaniment; for historical oboe instruments and historical bassoon instruments: Prelude or cadenza of a classical solo concerto or a classical etude
- Ad hoc realization of a figured bass (just for lute and harpsichord)

2) Prima vista

3) Ornamentation of a musical section (handed out 60 minutes before the exam)

4) Analysis of a piece from the exam programme in terms of historical performance practice

Conclusive interview based on the motivational letter and the entrance exam.


Proof of German language proficiency:
After successful completion of the admission exam, applicants whose native language is not German are to furnish the Admissions Office with
proof of their proficiency in German at the A2/B1 level (according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages). More information can be found on the info sheet
"Proficiency in German".


ADMISSION / ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS PREPARATORY COURSE AND NON-DEGREE PROGRAMME

Historical keyboard instruments, Harpsichord, Baroque violin, Baroque cello, Violon, Viola da gamba, Lute, Recorder, Flauto traverso, Historical oboe instruments, Historical bassoon instruments

Exam in the major subject (approx. 15 minutes):
• Recital of a programme consisting of at least two works of different musical styles and characters chosen by the applicant.
• Interview
• An examination of proficiency in German for applicants whose native language is not German