Viola da Gamba

This is a multifaceted degree programme in which as many aspects of the profession as possible are taught from an historically informed performance practice perspective:

*individual private lessons
* technique, études, repertoire from the various periods
* solo playing
* continuo playing
* consort playing
* 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
* 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). Recordings must be received by February 15th at the latest.

Music from various stylistic periods, such as:
* two recercadas by D. Ortiz (solo and with accompaniment), or a canzona by G. Frescobaldi
* a prelude and/or division by Ch. Simpson, or a piece by T. Hume
* a sonata with basso continuo by G.Ph. Telemann, G.F. Händel or C.F. Abel
* M. Marais - movements from a suite, for example Ballet and Rondeau from Livre II Suite no. 1, or compositions of similar standard
* (movements from) a Bach sonata with obbligato 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). Recordings must be received by February 15th at the latest.

1. The candidate will perform a programme which may not exceed 30 minutes.
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.
3. Programme requirements for admission:

(1) Pieces
* one work for solo viola da gamba. Level of proficiency: G.P. Telemann - Sonata in D for solo bass viol, T. Hume - Musicall Humours
* works for viola da gamba with accompaniment or obbligato harpsichord from various style periods: required: J.S. Bach's Sonata in D major or G minor for viola da gamba and obbligato harpsichord. Level of proficiency: Dalla Casa - Diminutions, D. Ortiz - Recercadas, C. Simpson - Divisions on a ground in D major or E minor, F. Couperin - Pièces de viole, A. Forqueray - Pièces de viole, M. Marais - Pièces de viole

(2) Chamber music
* consort music. Level of proficiency: H. Purcell - Fantasias
* ensemble music with obbligato gamba. Level of proficiency: G.P. Telemann - 'Parisian' Quartets, J.S. Bach - Arias from the cantatas or Passions, J. Ph. Rameau - Pièces de Clavecin en Concerts.

 

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