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. 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 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. 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 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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