Required components of the curriculum
1. Solo works
2. Chamber music
3. Historical Performance Practice: Workshop, Study of the Literature from 1750 to 1850
4. Tuning the instrument
5. Maintaining and adjusting the instrument
Components 1 and 2 are covered in private lessons, component 2 also in project form.
Components 3, 4 and 5 are taught in classes given by various teachers.
Component 3 is a class workshop, concluded with a thesis or paper.
* two sonatas from the classical or pre-classical period (e.g. Haydn, C.Ph.E. Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Dussek, Clementi). At least one movement should be from the 18th century.
* one etude (e.g. Czerny op. 29, Cramer, Clementi, Chopin)
* one early Romantic concert piece, e.g. set of variations, fantasy, rondo, scherzo, set of bagatelles or ballade
Active students will aim to develop a balanced and mature musical personality and be as well informed as possible. They will not simply take in information passively but will show an active interest in acquiring knowledge. Students will amass a combination of musical and contextual information in the master's degree programme. Students are expected to show an active interest in chamber-music projects, historical performance and masterclasses. They should be capable of interpreting pieces of music and exhibit an interest in unearthing and performing lesser-known repertoire. Students should be capable of independently assessing the quality of publications and will actively participate in discussions on the various issues concerning historical performance. Solo performances, ensemble playing and musicological research, both in and outside the conservatory, have a bearing on the individual student assessments. Quality programme notes will accompany examinations and recitals and will be evaluated as a component of the examination.
Candidates already enrolled at the CvA must demonstrate wide experience at the fortepiano. They must also have been deemed 'admissible to the master's degree programme' upon their completion of the bachelor's degree programme. Students having completed the programme in modern piano wishing to specialize in fortepiano are advised to take fortepiano as a subsidiary subject up to the level of the bachelor's fortepiano final examination.
External candidates must demonstrate wide experience at the fortepiano and should hold a bachelor's degree, having obtained a final mark of 8 (or equivalent).
The candidate will prepare a programme consisting of works from all style periods, i.e. early classical (C.P.E Bach and contemporaries), classical (Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven and contemporaries), early Romantic (Schubert, Mendelssohn and contemporaries) and Romantic (Schumann, Chopin and contemporaries). The committee will choose 30 minutes of music to hear from this selection.