Harpsichord

Section representative, Menno van Delft

This is a multifaceted degree programme in which repertoire ranging from the 15th to the 19th and 20th/21st century style periods is taught, incorporating as many aspects of the profession as possible:

* individual private lessons (technique, use of the instrument, technique and performance practice, repertoire from the various periods)
* basso continuo lessons, individual/practical lessons as well as theoretical (group) lessons
* 20th- and 21st-century harpsichord repertoire
* improvisation
* theory of the principal subject (tunings, construction, history, repertoire, notation, performance practice)
* possibility to take organ, pianoforte or clavichord as a subsidiary subject
 *regular group lessons
* methodology (teaching)
* chamber music and ensembles taught by various teachers
* orchestral repertoire, orchestra class and participation in orchestra projects
* the Sweelinck Baroque Orchestra class is held once a week under the guidance of various teachers, giving participants a chance to work on harpsichord concertos, in addition to other opportunities.
* regular evening group recitals
* visiting museums and libraries
* participation in masterclasses
* lectures
* attending the rehearsals and concerts of acclaimed orchestras and ensembles

Admission requirements
Audition candidates will be selected on the basis of a video recording to be submitted digitally via the application form. The repertoire for the recording is the same repertoire as for the live audition. Recordings must be received by February 1st at the latest.

Music from various style periods, including the following required works:
* an English pavane and galliard
* a seventeenth-century Italian work
* three movements from a suite by a French composer
* J.S. Bach – a prelude and fugue from Das wolhtemperierte Clavier (bachelor’s: Book I; master’s: Book II)
* D. Scarlatti – a fast sonata
* A short sight-reading test (solo and basso continuo) will also be given.
* Should the candidate so wish, he/she may perform a short improvisation and/or a modern work for harpsichord.

After the two-year course, students will be ready to enter the professional music world at the highest level. The student will acquire the in-depth knowledge intended in the master's degree programme by choosing to study a particular area of repertoire which will be examined in a more profound and comprehensive way than is possible during the bachelor's degree programme.

Admission requirements
Audition candidates will be selected on the basis of a video recording to be submitted digitally via the application form. The repertoire for the recording is the same repertoire as for the live audition. Recordings must be received by February 1st at the latest.

1. The candidate will perform a programme which may not exceed one half-hour. During the entrance examination, which will last approximately one half-hour, the candidate must demonstrate that he/she possesses above-average, high-minded qualities as a harpsichordist, a good overview of the harpsichord repertoire and a solid mastery of the various main styles.
2. The candidate must submit a list of repertoire with a proposed programme for the entrance examination to the CvA study secretariat before 15 February. This programme will include a variety of musical styles. The admissions committee will evaluate the proposed programme and make any necessary changes. Programme guidelines may be obtained from the department co-ordinator.

Menno van Delft section representative, clavichord
Miklós Spanyi improvisation
Goska Isphording modern harpsichord

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