PIANO (Subject Code: 01): Syllabus requirements

Instruments ABRSM Centres provide a satisfactory piano (which may be upright or grand). Practice before the exam cannot be arranged, but examiners will recognize that the instrument may be one to which candidates are unaccustomed. When exams are held at Visits (i.e. premises provided by the Applicant and visited by the examiner), a satisfactory piano must be provided. An electronic piano may be used, provided it has a clearly recognizable piano tone, a touch-sensitive keyboard with full-size weighted keys, and an action, compass and facilities that match those of an ordinary piano, including a sustaining pedal. Programme planning Candidates should use their discretion in their choice of three pieces to present a contrasted and balanced programme. One piece must be chosen from each of the three lists in each grade (A, B and C). Scales, arpeggios and broken chords Examiners will usually ask for at least one type of scale/arpeggio/broken chord required at each grade and, from Grade 6, will aim to hear a balance of legato and staccato as appropriate. All scales, arpeggios and broken chords should: • be played from memory • ascend and descend according to the specified range (and pattern) • be prepared legato, unless the syllabus specifies staccato (or both) • be played without pedalling • be played without undue accentuation and at a pace that is consistent with accuracy and distinctness Recommended minimum speeds are given in These Music Exams, available free of charge from music retailers and from www.abrsm.org/exams; they are also to be found in the books of piano scale requirements published by ABRSM for each grade. Any practical and systematic fingering that produces a good result will be accepted. Candidates are free to start at any octave, provided the required ranges are covered. For all ‘hands together’ requirements, the hands should be one octave apart, unless otherwise indicated. Arpeggios, diminished and dominant sevenths are required in root position only, except where otherwise indicated. Scales in thirds or a third apart should begin with the tonic in the lower voice, while scales in sixths or a sixth apart should begin with the tonic in the upper voice.

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try out any part of the test before they are required to perform it for assessment. Books of specimen sight-reading tests are published for piano by ABRSM for each grade. Any practical and systematic fingering that produces a good result will be accepted. The main parameters for the sight-reading tests for each grade are outlined in this syllabus. Further details of assessment criteria are given in These Music Exams. suitable choice of tempo.Sight-reading Candidates will be given a short interval of up to half a minute in which to look through and. The same apples to candidates whose hands are too small to play the music as written: chords may be ‘spread’ or notes occasionally omitted at wide stretches. phrasing and accent. examiners will be assessing not only the accuracy of notes and rhythm. they apply for all subsequent grades (albeit with a logical progression of difficulty). provided the result is musically satisfactory. provided the result is musically satisfactory. Effective use of the pedals will be taken into account. if they wish. although examiners will make allowances for candidates who cannot reach the pedals. Marking scheme Schedule of maximum marks for all grades: Scales and arpeggios/broken chords Pieces: 1 2 3 Sight-reading Aural tests Total Piano syllabus requirements 150 21 30 30 30 21 18 7 . but also other elements inherent in a good performance. variety and gradation of tone. including quality of touch. once introduced. and details of expression. Performance and assessment When marking.

mpaonline. under certain conditions. c Where appropriate. or not being prepared to perform the full extent of a piece as indicated in the syllabus) may be penalized. in certain cases.e. candidates should use their discretion to achieve a musical performance. ABRSM reserves the right to withhold the examination result of any candidate where it has evidence of the use of an illegal copy (or copies) in connection with that examination. h Candidates should observe da capo and dal segno indications. application should be made to the copyright holder before any copy is made. candidates performing from memory must ensure that a copy of the music is available for the examiner’s use. Examiners may. i j Performing from memory is optional. f g Candidates may use their discretion regarding indications or markings (particularly editorial) in the music – e. metronome marks. 6–7 as well as to the requirements indicated in the current lists of syllabus pieces. Therefore. Where no such indications are present in the music. the whole piece/movement is still required to be played in the examination (unless otherwise indicated). fingering. – which need not be strictly observed. stop the performance of any piece when they have heard enough to form a judgement. or. except where a specific arrangement or transcription is indicated. The examiner is at liberty to review a copy of the music before or after the performance of any piece. A ‘piece’ comprises all the music set under one number-heading in the syllabus lists (unless an option is specifically indicated). the interpretation of ornaments. d Candidates failing to observe specific syllabus requirements or regulations (i.uk) allows copies to be made in certain limited circumstances (such as a difficulty with a particular page-turn) but only if the copyright holder is listed in Appendix C of the Code.EXAMINATION MUSIC AND PERFORMANCE REQUIREMENTS (extracted from the Examination Information & Regulations booklet. at the candidate’s choice. etc. during which pieces from the preceding syllabus may. e ABRSM offers a limited overlap period. but other repeats of more than a few bars should not be played in the examination.g. the UK Music Publishers’ Association’s Code of Fair Practice (available at www. k The Copyright. Candidates may use any edition (in. 8 . at their discretion. Design and Patents Act 1988 (UK) does not permit the making or use of photocopies (or other kinds of copies) of copyright works. unless stipulated in the syllabus. a ‘piece’ may comprise more than one movement from a work or more than one item from an album. which should be read in conjunction with this syllabus) a The individual sections of the examination may be attempted in any order. therefore. b Teachers and candidates are advised to pay close attention to the syllabus requirements on pp. be performed (see syllabus updates on the inside front cover of this booklet). disqualified. It is the Applicant’s responsibility to ensure that candidates act within the law with respect to the making and use of photocopies (or other copies). However. The editions quoted in the syllabus are given for guidance only and are not obligatory. In all other cases. performing a piece not listed in the syllabus. phrasing. the initial tempo indication (or section title) of a piece/movement is listed in the syllabus. Where a piece/movement comprises more than one tempo indication (or section title).org.or out-of-print or downloadable) of the pieces listed in the syllabus.

Grade 1 (ABRSM) 3 Swinstead A Tender Flower 4 Rybicki Longing: from I Begin to Play. Grade 1 (ABRSM) ⎭ 3 Kevin Wooding Vampire Blues 4 Bartók Quasi adagio: No. note values. 1. 3 from For Children. D. arr. G or F majors. 51 No.H. D minors (L. F majors hands separately. may. F majors hands separately A. Op. Waterman and Harewood (Faber) 6 Purcell A Song Tune. D minors 2 octaves 1 octave V 68 Š Š Š Š Š Š Š Š Š Š. arr. Simple dynamics. Vol. B and C: LIST A 1 Anon. 2 from Album für die Jugend. Š THREE PIECES: one chosen by the candidate from each of the three Lists. 1 (Boosey & Hawkes/MDS) 5 Janina Gar´ cia Allegretto: 1st movt from Sonatina in C. Gritton (Faber) 6 Schumann Soldatenmarsch (Soldiers’ March): No. 3 or 2 in C. 6 Scales C. No. Piano Progress. 3 from 24 Progressive Lessons. Op. No. AURAL TESTS FOR THE GRADE *: see pp. with each hand 4 4 4 playing separately and in a five-finger position. 6 from Clavierstücke für Anfänger (Schott ED 2572/MDS) 5 Naudot Babiole. 20 and 21 † This arrangement only * Published by ABRSM (Scale requirements. Grades 0–1. Š Š Š Š Š Š Š Š Š.Piano GRADE 1 SCALES AND BROKEN CHORDS *: see also p. 7.or six-bar piece in 4 . arr. Bullard (OUP) † 5 Schubert The Trout. Specimen Sight-Reading Tests. Bach Schwaebisch in D. be (melodic or harmonic at candidate’s played descending and ascending) choice) Contrary-motion scale C major hands beginning on the key-note (unison) Broken chords C. T695. articulations and occasional accidentals (within minor keys only) may be encountered. C. Op. A. See also p. Simply Classics. arr. Op. G. 20 (PWM 5630130/MDS) or Pianoworks Collection 1. Proctor ⎫ 2 Fiona Macardle Late at Night ⎬ Selected Piano Exam Pieces 2011 & 2012. G. Book 1 ⎬ ⎭ 2012. 68 (ABRSM) also in Schumann for Younger People and More Romantic Pieces for Piano.13216/FM Distribution) SIGHT-READING *: a four. Menuet in F: No. Specimen Aural Tests) 9 . 2nd movt). Bullard ⎬ ⎭ Grade 1 (ABRSM) 3 Hook Gavotta: No. A or D minors. Book 1. 6 from Nannerl Notenbuch ⎫ Selected Piano Exam Pieces 2011 & 2012. F. 81 4 J. arr. at candidate’s choice. Z. Book 1 (ABRSM) LIST C † 1 Foster Camptown Races. Gar´ cia Little Sonatinas (PWM 8029040/ s s MDS) 6 Lajos Papp Grasshopper: No. 3 from Purcell Miscellaneous Keyboard Pieces (Stainer & Bell K22) LIST B 1 Pauline Hall Tarantella ⎫ Selected Piano Exam Pieces 2011 & 2 Martha Mier A Story from Long Ago: from Romantic Sketches. 94. 15 from 22 Little Piano Pieces (Editio Musica Budapest Z. as pattern below: A. † 2 Haydn Andante (from Symphony No.

20 and 21 † This arrangement only * Published by ABRSM (Scale requirements. Book 1 (ABRSM) 6 Vaughan Williams Two-Part Invention in G: No. 176 No. 17 from Vienna Classic (Bärenreiter BA 8756) 5 Petzold Menuet [II] in G minor (with no DC to Menuet I ). ARPEGGIOS AND BROKEN CHORDS *: see also p. arr. The Anna Magdalena Bach Book of 1725 (ABRSM) or Pp. Richards 4 Elias Davidsson Men’s Dance: from The Gift of Music (Spartan Press SP803) 5 Janina Gar´ cia In the Train: from Miniatures for Piano. 47–48 from Baroque Keyboard Pieces. 8 from Romantic Piano Anthology 1 (Schott ED 12912/MDS) † 6 Tchaikovsky Waltz (from The Sleeping Beauty). D. A. Grade 2 (ABRSM) 3 Krieger Bourrée (observing 1st repeat): from Sechs musicalische Partien 4 Hummel Dialogue Taquin. BWV Anh. arr. Op. as pattern below: E minor 2 octaves 2 octaves 1 octave 2 octaves 2 octaves THREE PIECES: one chosen by the candidate from each of the three Lists. 15. G minors Broken chords F major hands separately. 7. F majors hands together and separately E. arr. with the addition of D major. II 115. 6 from A Little Piano Book (OUP) LIST B 1 Berkovich Mazurka ⎫ Selected Piano Exam Pieces 2011 & 2012. 1 from Jazz Piano Studies 1 ⎫ Selected Piano Exam Pieces 2011 & 2012. Op. 3rd movt). Specimen Sight-Reading Tests. Grade 2 † 2 Brahms The Sandman. No. G minors (melodic or harmonic at candidate’s choice) Contrary-motion scales C. 2 Timothy Salter Cat being bold at first ⎬ ⎭ Grade 2 (ABRSM) † 3 Trad. Bullard (OUP) LIST C 1 John Kember Bah-ba-doo bah: No.or six-bar piece. Some dotted and tied notes may be encountered. See also p. A. AURAL TESTS FOR THE GRADE *: see pp. D. More Romantic Pieces for Piano. Specimen Aural Tests) 10 . time and key signatures as Grade 1. Pike ⎬ (ABRSM) † 3 Schubert Trio (from Symphony No. White ⎭ 4 Duvernoy Andantino. A majors hands separately D. D. No. 9 from Microjazz Collection 2 (Boosey & Hawkes/MDS) Vb Š Š Š Š Š Š Š Š Š Š Š Š Š Š Š Š Š Š Š Š Š Š Š Š Š Š Š Š Š Š Š Š SIGHT-READING *: a four. American Down by the Riverside.Piano GRADE 2 SCALES. E and G minors. 6 Scales (similar motion) G. based on Haydn Military Minuet ⎬ ⎭ 2012. Book 1 (ABRSM) 5 Gurlitt Gavotte in A minor. E majors hands beginning on the key-note (unison) Chromatic scale beginning on D hands separately Arpeggios G. 5 (PWM 7490070/MDS) s 6 Christopher Norton Cloudy Day: No. 5. Pianoworks Collection 1. B and C: LIST A 1 Daquin Suite de la réjouissance: from Premier livre de pièces de clavecin ⎫ Selected Piano Exam Pieces 2011 & † 2 Pauline Hall. arr. and with each hand in a five-finger position and playing together.

19 from Telemann Easy Fugues with Little Pieces (Schott ED 9015/MDS) LIST B 1 Grechaninov Sad Song: No. Grade 3 (ABRSM) † 3 Joni Mitchell Both Sides Now. See also p. 123 ⎫ 2 Korganov Kleiner Walzer (Little Waltz): No. arr. E b majors B. Kozeluch Air cosaque 4 Beethoven Bagatelle in A minor. 7. Op. BWV 939 ⎫ Selected Piano Exam Pieces 2011 & 2012. Bb. Gritton (Faber) 5 Hugo Reinhold Silhouette: No. Op. E. 119 No. 3 from Lieder von der Mur-Insel (Henle 166 or Henle 166/MDS) c c 6 Karen Tanaka Northern Lights. Book 1 (ABRSM) LIST C 1 Christian Diendorfer Tastenritt (Riding over the Keys): No. and with hands playing together outside of a five-finger 8 position. Grades 3. AURAL TESTS FOR THE GRADE *: see pp. Op. B and C: LIST A 1 J. with the addition of 3 and A. S. White 4 John Rowcroft Triple Blues: from Bigger Picture Piano. Grades 2–3. arr. Op. 8 from Album für die ⎧ 2012. Spectrum 4: An International Collection of 66 Miniatures for Solo Piano (ABRSM) SIGHT-READING *: a piece of up to eight bars in length. Beethoven Bagatelles (ABRSM) 5 Petzold Bourrée: from Suite de clavecin. 4 & 5 (Spartan Press SP713) 5 M. B. 68 † 4 Elgar Enigma Theme. 3 from Jugend-Album. 9. C minors hands together and separately 2 octaves hands beginning on the key-note (unison) hands separately hands together only hands separately only 2 octaves 2 octaves 2 octaves 2 octaves THREE PIECES: one chosen by the candidate from each of the three Lists. B. 20 and 22 11 . E b majors B. 6 Scales (similar motion) A. More Romantic Pieces for Piano. 12 from Miniatur-Bilder. Bach Prelude in C. Simply Classics. 2 Dittersdorf Englischer Tanz in A: No. G. Occasional two-note chords in either hand may be encountered. C minors (melodic or harmonic at candidate’s choice) Contrary-motion scales A major A harmonic minor Chromatic scales beginning on Ab and on C Arpeggios A major G minor E. A.Piano GRADE 3 SCALES AND ARPEGGIOS *: see also p. time and key signatures as Grade 2. Tajˇ evi´ Allegretto scherzando: No. Op. Grade 2–3 ⎬ ⎭ 2012. Grade 3 (ABRSM) ⎭ Jugend. 19 from 20 englische Tänze ⎬ ⎭ Grade 3 (ABRSM) 3 L. Bb. 39 (Doblinger 01104/MDS) 6 Weber Écossaise. 25 ⎩ Selected Piano Exam Pieces 2011 & 3 Schumann Wilder Reiter (The Wild Horseman): No. P. Bb. Eb majors and B minor. 1 from Beads. Wiener Urtext Album: Easy Piano Pieces from Bach to Schönberg (Wiener Urtext UT 50251/MDS) 6 Telemann Allegretto in C (TWV 30:23/2). 7 from Pianinis ⎫ Selected Piano Exam Pieces 2011 & 2 Alan Haughton Stroll On: from Fun Club Piano.

11 March Melodies. Ab. See also p. 69 (Boosey & Hawkes/MDS) SIGHT-READING *: a piece of around eight bars in length. WoO 10 ⎭ 4 W. Op. 1 (Peters EP 715a) 6 Mozart Polonoise in D. 6 from Miniatur-Bilder. F. Book 1 (Alfred 4638/FM Distribution) 6 Hugo Reinhold Scherzo: No. Bb. Grade 4 3 Maikapar Chez le forgeron (At the Smithy): No. No. 33 from Nannerl Notenbuch ⎫ Selected Piano Exam Pieces 2011 & 2012. 55 No. G#. pause signs and tenuto may be encountered. arr. Anacrusis and occasional chromatic notes. Op.Piano GRADE 4 SCALES AND ARPEGGIOS *: see also p. A. E b. 39 (Doblinger 01104/MDS) LIST C 1 A. Bach Scherzo: from Musikalische Nebenstunden ⎬ (ABRSM) 3 Beethoven Minuet in G: No. 2 from Six Minuets. 8 † 4 Berlioz Hungarian March (from The Damnation of Faust). F. 20 and 22 † This arrangement only ‡ The candidate chooses one of the two groups * Published by ABRSM (Scale requirements. Bb. F minors hands together and separately 2 octaves hands beginning on the key-note (unison) hands together and separately hands together and separately 2 octaves 2 octaves 2 octaves THREE PIECES: one chosen by the candidate from each of the three Lists. 6 Scales (similar motion) B. Grade 4 2 Gillock Carnival in Rio ⎬ ⎭ (ABRSM) 3 Hengeveld Blues: from Melody and Rhythm 4 Detlev Glanert Lied im Meer. G#. 39 ⎩ Selected Piano Exam Pieces 2011 & 2012. Specimen Aural Tests) 12 . Spectrum 4: An International Collection of 66 Miniatures for Solo Piano (ABRSM) 5 Michael Rose Habanera: No. 126 No. C harmonic minors Chromatic scales beginning on any black key named by the examiner Arpeggios B. The Romantic Spirit. AURAL TESTS FOR THE GRADE *: see pp. C. D b majors C#. time and key signatures as Grade 3. Johnson (Fentone F378/De Haske) 5 Chaminade Idyll. Grade 4 2 J. Vol. 6 from Six Children’s Pieces. The Classical Spirit. 23 from 24 Little Pieces. Specimen Sight-Reading Tests. D b majors C#. 1. Op. 6 from Ten Dances (ABRSM) 6 Shostakovich Clock-work Doll: No. Op. Benjamin Soldiers in the Distance: from Fantasies ⎫ Selected Piano Exam Pieces 2011 & 2012. 10 from Sea Idylls ⎫ 2 Kabalevsky Waltz: No. 7. Bach Aria in G minor. E b majors D. 5 from ⎧ (ABRSM) ⎭ Novelettes mignonnes. with the 6 addition of 8 . 5 from Mozart 12 petites pièces (2nd Set) (Edition HH 180/MDS) LIST B 1 Carroll Alone at Sunset: No. Kuhlau Sonatinas. E b. C. Op. C. Allegro in F: No. Op. Ab. F minors (melodic or harmonic at candidate’s choice) Contrary-motion scales F. 1. B and C: LIST A 1 Anon. Book 1 (Alfred 16720/FM Distribution) 5 Kuhlau Vivace: 2nd movt from Sonatina in C.

No. Vol. 4 from Fünf kleine Klavierstücke. 2 (Könemann Music Budapest K212—Editio Musica Budapest/FM Distribution) 5 Schumann Wiegenliedchen (Cradle Song): No. 2 from Dix miniatures en forme d’études. A. Op. H. 6 in E minor. AURAL TESTS FOR THE GRADE *: see pp. 8 ⎫ Selected Piano Exam ˇ 2 Zilinskis Elegy (In Autumn): from Scenes from Childhood ⎬ Pieces 2011 & 2012. ⎭ Grade 5 (ABRSM) 3 Liszt Andantino: No. Hob. Arne Presto: 2nd movt from Sonata No. Op. 12 from J. major and minor hands together and separately 3 octaves hands beginning on the key-note (unison)‡ hands together and separately 2 octaves 3 octaves 2 octaves hands together and separately 3 octaves THREE PIECES: one chosen by the candidate from each of the three Lists. 124. No. 15 from Cimarosa Sonatas. 39 No. Arne Eight Keyboard Sonatas (Faber) 5 J. 11 from The Christopher Norton Rock Preludes Collection (Boosey & Hawkes/MDS) SIGHT-READING *: a piece of around eight to twelve bars in length. 20 and 23 13 . 6. XVI/2 ⎭ 4 T. 10 from Tchaikovsky Album for the Young. Book 2 (Broekmans & Van Poppel 871/MDS) or P. Op. F. 5 from Water Pieces ⎫ Selected Piano Exam Pieces 2011 & 2012. 68 from Glinka Complete Works for Piano. Book 3 (ABRSM) LIST C 1 Thiman Flood-Time: No. Op. D b/C# majors and harmonic minors or Group 2: F#. 39 (ABRSM) or More Romantic Pieces for Piano. Bach Allegro in E minor. 192 4 Glinka Mazurka in C minor. C. 1 ⎬ Grade 5 (ABRSM) 3 Haydn Menuet and Trio: 3rd movt from Sonata in B b. S. 7. Bach Air: 4th movt from Partita No. keys up to four sharps/flats (major) or three sharps/flats (minor). Op. 6 from Albumblätter. 2 J. Four-part chords (two notes maximum in either hand). time signatures as Grade 4. 5 from Enfantines 4 Mike Cornick First Impression: from Blue Piano (Universal 19762/MDS) 5 Mompou Pájaro triste (Sad Bird): No. 14. P. No. 6 Scales (similar motion) all keys. See also p. † 2 Gershwin It ain’t necessarily so (from Porgy and Bess). B and C: LIST A 1 J. No. Harris ⎬ ⎭ Grade 5 (ABRSM) 3 Bloch Joyous March: No. Bb majors and harmonic minors Chromatic scales beginning on any note named by the examiner Chromatic contrary-motion scales beginning on D (unison) and on Ab (unison) Arpeggios all keys.Piano GRADE 5 SCALES AND ARPEGGIOS *: see also p. major and minor (minors melodic or harmonic at candidate’s choice) Contrary-motion scales Group 1: F. F. Fiocco Andante: from Pièces de clavecin. arr. C. 11 from Schumann 16 Albumleaves (ABRSM) 6 Tchaikovsky Polka. BWV 830 ⎫ Selected Piano Exam Pieces 2011 & 2012. S. simple syncopation and a slowing of tempo at the end may be encountered. No. 28 from Contemplations (Boosey & Hawkes/MDS) LIST B 1 Gedike Miniature in D minor: No. Bach Musical Leisure Hours (ABRSM) 6 Cimarosa Larghetto in C minor. 5 from Impresiones íntimas (UME/Music Sales) or Mompou Música para piano (UME/Music Sales) 6 Christopher Norton Dreaming On.

). Specimen Aural Tests) 14 . hands beginning on the key-note (unison)‡§ hands separately legato. E b majors or Group 2: E.H.Piano GRADE 6 Jazz subject. a minor third apart Arpeggios all keys.) and C# (R. Practical Musicianship or any solo SCALES AND ARPEGGIOS *: see also p. major and minor Diminished sevenths beginning on B and on C# legato. hands together and separately legato legato. Specimen Sight-Reading Tests.H. hands together and separately legato. PREREQUISITE FOR ENTRY : Grade 5 (or above) in Theory of Music. major and minor (minors both melodic and harmonic) Staccato scales Group 1: A. Bb majors and harmonic minors Staccato scale in thirds C major Chromatic scales beginning on any note named by the examiner Chromatic contrary-motion scale beginning on A# (L. hands together and separately hands separately‡ legato. 6 Scales (similar motion) all keys. Eb majors and harmonic minors or Group 2: E. hands together and separately 4 octaves 4 octaves 2 octaves 2 octaves 4 octaves 2 octaves 4 octaves 4 octaves ‡ The candidate chooses one of the two groups § Same group as chosen above * Published by ABRSM (Scale requirements. B b majors Contrary-motion scales Group 1: A.

F. Vol. 3. 2 from Piano Pieces for Children ⎭ 4 Ross Lee Finney Jack Rabbit: from Youth’s Companion. 39 (ABRSM) or More Romantic Pieces for Piano. B and C: LIST A 1 Alcock Almand: 1st movt from Suite No. 7 from Album des enfants. Bach Prelude in D.Piano: GRADE 6 THREE PIECES: one chosen by the candidate from each of the three Lists. 126 ⎫ Selected Piano Exam Pieces 2011 & 2012. 4 from Five Piano Pieces. 2) (Suite published separately: Süddeutscher Musikverlag SM 2204/44—Bärenreiter) LIST B 1 Chaminade Élégie: No. 1 No. J. 5 from Poetic Tone-Pictures. 3 ⎬ ⎭ Grade 6 (ABRSM) 3 Nielsen Mignon: No. 2nd Edition (Hal Leonard/Music Sales) SIGHT-READING *: a piece of around twelve to sixteen bars in length. No. Book 2 (Broekmans & Van Poppel 871/MDS) 6 Zipoli Corrente (Allegro): 2nd movt from Suite No. Triplet rhythms. BWV 925 (from Clavierbüchlein für W. Bach). 1 in B minor (from Sonate d’intavolatura. Etudes & Pieces for Piano. Intermediate Piano Book (Peters EP 54199) 5 Frank Martin Clair de lune (Petit nocturne) (Billaudot GB6406/UMP) 6 Oscar Peterson Jazz Exercise No. See also p. P. 4 in D minor ⎫ Selected Piano Exam Pieces 2011 & 2012. some clef changes 8 4 8 and sparing use of the right pedal may be encountered. HWV 441 4 J. No. A. Book 4 (ABRSM) LIST C 1 Foster Soirée Polka ⎫ Selected Piano Exam Pieces 2011 & 2012. Series 2. 10 from 20th-Century Composers. 7. Op. 4 ⎬ ⎭ (ABRSM) 3 Handel Allegro: 2nd movt from Suite in G. Op. keys up to four sharps/flats (major and minor). 12 from Cimarosa Sonatas. Minuets. Op. 5 and 5 . Bach A Little Keyboard Book (ABRSM) or J. S. S. Bach 18 Little Preludes (ABRSM) 5 Cimarosa Allegro in G. Grade 6 2 Galuppi Adagio: 1st movt from Sonata in D. 20 and 23 15 . Op. 39 No. AURAL TESTS FOR THE GRADE *: see pp. Op. Grade 6 2 Rodrigo Pastoral ⎬ (ABRSM) 3 Takemitsu Clouds: No. 3 4 Howard Blake Prelude (Andantino): No. time signatures as Grade 5. No. Op. 1 from Lifecycle (or Prelude published separately) (Highbridge Music/ Music Sales) 5 Grovlez Petites litanies de Jésus: from L’Almanach aux images (Stainer & Bell 0534) 6 Tchaikovsky The Witch (Baba Yaga). 20. 52 from Peterson Jazz Exercises. with the addition of 9 . 2 Grieg Allegro moderato: No. 20 from Tchaikovsky Album for the Young. S.

hands together and separately. F#. Specimen Sight-Reading Tests. E. E b. F. hands together‡§ legato or staccato as directed by the examiner. D b Diminished sevenths beginning on A and on C# 4 octaves 4 octaves † This arrangement only ‡ The candidate chooses one of the two groups § Same group as chosen above * Published by ABRSM (Scale requirements. B. Practical Musicianship or any solo SCALES AND ARPEGGIOS *: see also p. Specimen Aural Tests) 16 . E. D. hands beginning on the key-note (unison)‡§ hands separately hands separately legato or staccato as directed by the examiner. hands together and separately legato or staccato as directed by the examiner legato. PREREQUISITE FOR ENTRY : Grade 5 (or above) in Theory of Music. Bb. Ab/G# majors & minors or Group 2: G. Db/C# majors & minors (minors both melodic and harmonic) Scales a third apart Group 1 ⎫ keys as above ⎬ or Group 2 ⎭ (majors & harmonic minors only) Contrary-motion scales Group 1 ⎫ keys as above ⎬ or Group 2 ⎭ (majors & harmonic minors only) Legato scale in thirds C major Staccato scale in sixths C major Chromatic scales beginning on any note named by the examiner Chromatic contrary-motion scales beginning on C (unison) and on F# (unison) Arpeggios Group 1 or Group 2 keys as above legato or staccato as directed by the examiner. Ab or Group 2: in the keys of G. hands together and separately‡§ legato. hands together and separately‡ legato or staccato as directed by the examiner.Piano GRADE 7 Jazz subject. D. 6 Scales (similar motion) Group 1: C. F#. F. E b. A. Bb. A. in root position and first inversion‡§ legato. hands together and separately 4 octaves 4 octaves 2 octaves 2 octaves 2 octaves 4 octaves 2 octaves 4 octaves ⎫ ⎬ ⎭ Dominant sevenths Group 1: in the keys of C. B.

P. 10 in G. 16 from C. H. 1 (ABRSM) or More Romantic Pieces for Piano. Meet George Gershwin at the Keyboard (Faber) 5 Stephen Hough Valse enigmatique No. 2 Handel Allemande: 3rd movt from Suite in D minor. arr. 3 from Nine Preludes. Tempo changes. Bach Sinfonia No. Hough Suite R-B and Other Enigmas (Weinberger/FM Distribution) 6 Poulenc Le petit éléphant: from L’Histoire de Babar (piece published separately: Billaudot GB6398/UMP) SIGHT-READING *: a piece of around sixteen to twenty bars in length. Arne Allegro: 2nd movt from Sonata No. 14 from Schwedische Tänze. 15 from Liszt Easy Pieces and Dances (Bärenreiter BA 6577) 6 Szymanowski Prelude in Db: No. Book 4 (ABRSM) 5 Liszt Romance in E minor (S. E. No. J. 62/16. Op. 116. 2 from A Keyboard Anthology. 17 ⎬ 2011 & 2012. ˚ 2 Martinu Harlequin (Scherzo): from Puppets. with the addition of 7 and 7 . 2 (Henle 377 or Henle 377/MDS) 5 J. K. 3 from Seven Preludes. See also p. BWV 796. Book 5 (ABRSM) LIST B 1 Bruch Schwedischer Tanz in A minor: No. 4 C. Op. Booth ⎭ † 4 Gershwin ’S Wonderful. Op. 280/189e b. Book 2 ⎬ Grade 7 (ABRSM) † 3 Paul Francis Webster and Sonny Burke Black Coffee. 1 (Universal 3852/MDS) or More Romantic Pieces for Piano. 169). time and key signatures as Grade 6. 56 4 Granados Viniendo de la fuente (Coming from the Fountain): No. Book 5 (ABRSM) LIST C 1 Kabalevsky Presto: 3rd movt from Sonatina. S. Series 2. E. 20 and 24 17 . 63 ⎫ Selected Piano Exam Pieces 2 Skryabin Prelude in Db: No. 5 from Cuentos de la juventud. Bach Inventions and Sinfonias (ABRSM) 6 Daquin Le coucou (The Cuckoo): from Premier livre de pièces de clavecin. Op. HWV 428 ⎬ ⎭ Grade 7 (ABRSM) 3 Mozart Presto: 3rd movt from Sonata in F. No. 2. 7. 3rd Series. Grade 7 ⎭ (ABRSM) 3 Turina Conchita rêve: No. Bach Allegro: 1st movt from Sonata in B Vol. Op. AURAL TESTS FOR THE GRADE *: see pp. Wq. A. No. 3 in G ⎫ Selected Piano Exam Pieces 2011 & 2012. the 8va sign and the use of the una corda pedal may be 8 4 encountered. Bach Piano Sonatas. Op. B and C: LIST A 1 T. 1 ⎫ Selected Piano Exam Pieces 2011 & 2012. 6 from Niñerías. 13 No.Piano: GRADE 7 THREE PIECES: one chosen by the candidate from each of the three Lists. S. P.

hands together legato or staccato as directed by the examiner. B. Db Diminished sevenths beginning on any note named by the examiner legato or staccato as directed by the examiner. B. F#. Practical Musicianship or any solo SCALES AND ARPEGGIOS * : see also p. hands together legato. PREREQUISITE FOR ENTRY : Grade 5 (or above) in Theory of Music. 6 Scales (similar motion) C. in root position. hands together and separately.Piano GRADE 8 Jazz subject. D. Ab/G#. F. hands separately legato. Specimen Aural Tests) 18 . hands together and separately legato. D. E b. E b. F. Ab. hands together and separately 4 octaves 4 octaves 4 octaves 2 octaves 4 octaves 2 octaves 2 octaves 4 octaves 4 octaves 4 octaves † This arrangement only * Published by ABRSM (Scale requirements. hands together and separately legato or staccato as directed by the examiner. hands together and separately legato. F#. hands together hands separately legato or staccato as directed by the examiner. D b/C# majors & minors (minors both melodic and harmonic) Scales a third apart keys as above (majors & harmonic minors only) Scales a sixth apart keys as above (majors & harmonic minors only) Legato scales in thirds C and Bb majors Chromatic scales a minor third apart beginning on any notes named by the examiner Chromatic scale in minor thirds beginning on A#/C# Whole-tone scale beginning on E Arpeggios keys as for scales (similar motion) above Dominant sevenths in the keys of C. Specimen Sight-Reading Tests. first and second inversions legato.

Op. XVI/36. 3. B and C: LIST A 1 J. Smetana Polkas (Bärenreiter BA 9506) 16 Carl Vine Bagatelle No. 3 from Morceaux de fantaisie. 12 ⎭ 7 Y. A. Op. Book 2 (ABRSM) 6 Ravel Fugue: No. 20 and 25 19 . 12 from Beethoven Complete Pianoforte Sonatas. Book 4 (ABRSM) or No. HWV 430. H. Vol. 232 ⎫ 2 Debussy Valse romantique ⎪ † 3 Dave Brubeck King for a Day. 7. Kp. Op. Bach Prelude and Fugue in B b. trans. Vol. 3 C. S. 101 ⎬ Pieces 2011 & 2012. Bach Capriccio: 6th movt from Partita No. 2 from Three Preludes and Fugues.7817/FM Distribution) LIST B 1 Beethoven Rondo: 3rd movt from Sonata in C minor. 2 (Wiener Urtext UT 50028/MDS) or Vol. 100 (A-RAM/MusT) 10 Liszt Au lac de Wallenstadt: No. 1 (Editio Musica Budapest Z. Op. Mompou Música para piano (UME/Music Sales) 13 Rachmaninov Mélodie in E: No. 32 No. 1 from 24 Preludes and Fugues. spread chords and simple ornaments may be 8 encountered. 27 (L. Vol. 16 ⎭ Grade 8 (ABRSM) 4 J. 1 ⎧ Grade 8 (ABRSM) ⎭ 3 Mozart Allegro: 1st movt from Sonata in D. Op. Op. 1 ⎧ 2012. Vol. BWV 826 ⎫ Selected Piano Exam 2 Trygve Madsen Prelude and Fugue in C: No. Vol. 2 from Années de Pèlerinage: Première année – Suisse (Henle 173 or Henle 173/ MDS) 11 Messiaen Plainte calme: No. 25 from Scarlatti Keyboard Pieces and Sonatas. Bowen Prelude in Eb: No. Rachmaninov Piano Compositions. Vol. 6 from Scarlatti 200 Sonatas. Book 2 (ABRSM) 8 Schubert Moderato: 1st movt from Sonata in E minor (unfinished). XVI/38. 1 (ABRSM) LIST C 1 Albéniz Sous le palmier: No. time and key signatures as Grade 7. BWV 866: No. 7. 2 from Le tombeau de Couperin (Durand/UMP or Peters EP 7376) 7 D. 1. Appendix 4a from Schubert Complete Pianoforte Sonatas. 26. 1 (Editio Musica Budapest Z. 19 from Baroque Keyboard Pieces. 2 in C minor. Vol. Scarlatti Sonata in F# minor. S. Op. Op. with the addition of 12 and B and D b majors.7817/FM Distribution) 8 D. Op. Brubeck ⎩ Selected Piano Exam Pieces 2011 & 4 Chopin Nocturne in B. 2 (ABRSM) 5 Clementi Allegro: 1st movt from Sonata in A. 7 from Ten Pieces. 6 from Clementi Sonatas. 284/205b 4 Beethoven Allegro: 4th movt from (Grand) Sonata in Ab. 9 from Waldscenen. Haydn Complete Piano Sonatas. No. Scarlatti Sonata in B minor. 1 No. 481). No. Grade 8 (ABRSM) 5 Gershwin Novelette in Fourths ⎪ 6 Prokofiev Prelude: No. K. 2 (ABRSM) or No. Book 2 (ABRSM) or No. Vol. 2: from Five Bagatelles (Faber) SIGHT-READING *: a piece of around a page in length. No. 566. 25 (L. 21 from The Well-Tempered Clavier. 3 from Chants d’Espagne. Op. 102 (Weinberger/FM Distribution) 8 Douglas Finch Toccata montuna. Handel Eight Great Suites. Hob. See also p. 82 (ABRSM) 15 Smetana Polka in E: from Trois polka de salon. 3 (2009 new edition: Wiener Urtext UT 50258/MDS) 7 Haydn Allegro moderato: 1st movt from Sonata in Eb. 449). Kp. AURAL TESTS FOR THE GRADE *: see pp. Schumann Prelude and Fugue in B b: No. Op. D. Op. Hob. 3 from Haydn Selected Keyboard Sonatas. Part 1 (ABRSM) 5 Handel Prelude and Allemande: 1st and 2nd movts from Suite (No. Salsa nueva (Boosey & Hawkes/MDS) 9 Nikolai Kapustin Sonatina. 7 from Préludes (Durand/UMP) 12 Mompou Canción y Danza No. Sonata published individually (ABRSM) or Beethoven The 35 Piano Sonatas. Op. 1 (Peters EP 146a) 6 Haydn Moderato: 1st movt from Sonata in C # minor. No. 2 Field Allegro moderato: 1st movt from Sonata in Eb. 7 from 24 Preludes. 8 from Scarlatti 200 Sonatas. 3 (Boosey & Hawkes/MDS) 14 Schumann Abschied (Farewell): No. Three-part chords in either hand.Piano: GRADE 8 THREE PIECES: one chosen by the candidate from each of the three Lists. 13 ⎫ (Grande Sonate pathétique) ⎩ Selected Piano Exam Pieces 2011 & 2012. 5) in E (1720 Collection).

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