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The Leinster School of
Music & Drama



Established 1904

Recorder
Grade
Examinations
Syllabus

Primary Grade - Descant




Schedule of maximum marks
Scales & Triads 15

Sight-Reading 10

Ear Tests 10

Theory 5


Pieces 1 20

2 20


3 20

Scales & Triads

All scales to be played from memory and to be played legato tongued.
Scales: Part of D and G major.
Triad: D and G major.

Sight-Reading

Notes will be taken from pieces performed.

Ear Tests

1. To clap or tap the rhythm of a simple two bar melody. The example will be played twice by the examiner.

2. To sing, whistle or hum a short rhythmical phrase (major only). The example will be played twice by the examiner within the range of doh - soh. The tonic and tonic triad will be sounded before each playing.

Theory

Candidates are required to know; the stave and clef signs, bar lines, bars, note values and any other information relevant to the pieces played.



Pieces

Choose any three pieces from the following list for performance.

The pieces chosen should be of contrasting style to reflect a varied and interesting programme.



  1. Merrily Traditional

from Old MacDonald’s Recorder Book 1 (Boosey & Hawkes)

  1. Go and Tell Aunt Nancy

from Very Easy Recorder Tunes (Usbourne)

  1. A Little Piece

from Old MacDonald’s Recorder Book 1 (Boosey & Hawkes)

  1. Saint Margarita’s Lullaby

from Old MacDonald’s Recorder Book 1 (Boosey & Hawkes)

  1. The Grand Old Duke of York

from Very Easy Recorder Tunes (Usbourne)

  1. A La Claire Fontaine

from Very Easy Recorder Tunes (Usbourne)

  1. Twinkle Twinkle

from Very Easy Recorder Tunes (Usbourne)

  1. The Moonwalk

from Old MacDonald’s Recorder Book 1 (Boosey & Hawkes)

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Schedule of maximum marks
Scales & Triads 15

Sight-Reading 10

Ear Tests 10

Theory 5


Pieces 1 20

2 20


3 20
reparatory Grade - Descant

Scales & Triads

All scales to be played from memory and to be played legato tongued.
Scales: D and G major, 1 octave.
Triads: D and G major.

Sight-Reading

A piece of c.8 bars duration in the key of G major, using crotchet, minim and dotted minim note values.

Ear Tests

1. To clap along as soon possible with the pulse of a short piece played by the examiner which will not be played more than three times. To state whether the fragment is in 2 or 3 time.

2. To sing, whistle or hum a short rhythmical phrase (major only). The example will be played twice by the examiner within the range of doh - soh. The tonic and tonic triad will be sounded before each playing.

Theory

As for the Primary Grade including the stalian terms and signs used. e.g. slues, ties, staccato, accent marks, sharps and flats, dynamic markings.



Pieces

Choose any three pieces from the following list for performance.

The pieces chosen should be of contrasting style to reflect a varied and interesting programme.



  1. Au Clair de la Lune Traditional

from Very Easy Recorder Tunes (Usbourne)

  1. A Stately Dance

from Old MacDonald’s Recorder Book 1 (Boosey & Hawkes)

  1. Over the sea to Skye

from Recorder from the Beginning Book 2 / John Pitts, new edition ( EJA Publications)

  1. Winter Journey

from Recorder from the Beginning Book 2 / John Pitts, new edition ( EJA Publications)

  1. Lullaby

from Very Easy Recorder Tunes (Usbourne)

  1. Spring Time

from Old MacDonald’s Recorder Book 1 (Boosey & Hawkes)

  1. Now Day is Over

from Old MacDonald’s Recorder Book 2 (Boosey & Hawkes)

  1. Kum Ba Ya

from Recorder from the Beginning Book 2 (Boosey & Hawkes)

  1. Natasha’s Hedgehog

from Graham Lyons New Recorder Solos Book 1 (Useful Music U60 / Spartan Press)

  1. Flower Dance

from Fun Club Descant Recorder (Kevin Mayhew)

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Schedule of maximum marks
Scales & Arpeggios 15

Sight-Reading 10

Ear Tests 10

Theory 5


Pieces 1 20

2 20


3 20
rade 1 - Descant

Scales & Arpeggios

All scales to be played from memory and to be played legato tongued and slurred
Scales: C, G, F major, 1 octave.

E minor (harmonic) 1 octave.


Arpeggios: C, G, F major, 1 octave.

E minor, 1 octave.




Sight-Reading

A piece of c.8 bars duration in the key of C or G major, using simple time and basic note values.

Ear Tests

1. To clap the rhythm of a short phrase. The example will be played twice by the examiner.



  1. To clap from sight a four bar rhythm which may include crotchets, minims and dotted minims.

  2. To clap along as soon possible with the pulse of a short piece played by the examiner which will not be played more than three times. To state whether the fragment is in 2 or 3 time.

  3. To sing, whistle or hum a short rhythmical phrase (major only). The example will be played twice by the examiner. The tonic and tonic triad will be sounded before each playing.

Theory


Candidates are required to answer simple questions relating to the prepared pieces with reference to recognition of intervals of seconds and thirds, note and rest values, simple time signatures and key signatures of required scales (in correct order).
Pieces

Choose any three pieces from the following list for performance.

The pieces chosen should be of contrasting style to reflect a varied and interesting programme.



  1. Minuet James Hook

from Old MacDonald’s Recorder Book 2 (Boosey & Hawkes)

  1. A Little Piece Cornelius Gurlett

from Old MacDonald’s Recorder Book 2 (Boosey & Hawkes)

  1. Scarborough Fair Traditional

from Recorder from the Beginning Book 2 / John Pitts, new edition ( EJA Publications)

  1. Mazurka Traditional

from Recorder from the Beginning Book 2 / John Pitts, new edition ( EJA Publications)

  1. Manx Lullaby Traditional

from Recorder from the Beginning Book 2 / John Pitts, new edition ( EJA Publications)

  1. Ecossaise Ludwig van Beethoven

from Old MacDonald’s Recorder Book 2 (Boosey & Hawkes)

  1. In an English Coutry Garden Traditional

from Very Easy Recorder Tunes (Usbourne)

  1. What Shall do with the Drunken Sailor Traditional

from Very Easy Recorder Tunes (Usbourne)

  1. Minuet no. 11 in G Georg Phillipp Teleman

from Teleman Selected Minuets (Baren Rieter BA977)

  1. A Little Jazz Waltz Douglas Coombes

from Simply A Rag (Brass Wind Publications)

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Schedule of maximum marks
Scales & Arpeggios 15

Sight-Reading 10

Ear Tests 10

Theory 5


Pieces 1 20

2 20


3 20
rade 1 - Treble

Scales & Arpeggios

All scales to be played from memory and to be played legato tongued and slurred
Scales: C, F, Bb flat, 1 octave.

A minor (harmonic) 1 octave.


Arpeggios: C, F, Bb flat, 1 octave.

A minor, 1 octave.




Sight-Reading

A piece of c.8 bars duration in the key of C or F major, using simple time and basic note values.

Ear Tests


  1. To clap the rhythm of a short phrase. The example will be played twice by the examiner.

  2. To clap from sight a four bar rhythm which may include crotchets, minims and dotted minims.

  3. To clap along as soon possible with the pulse of a short piece played by the examiner which will not be played more than three times. To state whether the fragment is in 2 or 3 time.

  4. To sing, whistle or hum a short rhythmical phrase (major only). The example will be played twice by the examiner. The tonic and tonic triad will be sounded before each playing.

Theory


As for Descant Grade 1

Pieces


Choose any three pieces from the following list for performance.

The pieces chosen should be of contrasting style to reflect a varied and interesting programme.





  1. Gavotte no. 14 Georg Frideric Handel

from First Book of Treble Recorder Solos (Faber)

  1. Boureé no. 1 Henry Purcell

from Old England (Schott ed. 2566)

  1. Jack and Jane Thomas Campion

from Let’s Make the Grade Book 3 (Moeck Em 1084)

  1. Bagatelle no. 1 Antonio Diabelli

from Let’s Make the Grade Book 3 (Sunshine Sun 178)

  1. Album - Leaf Edvard Grieg

from Solo Pieces for the Beginning the Treble Recorder (Melbay)

  1. Greensleeves Anon.

from Solo Pieces for the Beginning the Treble Recorder (Melbay)

  1. Christmas Pastoral Robin Milford

from Christmas Pastoral f Alto Recorder & Piano (OUP)

  1. Tune for the Starling Anon.

from No. 1 The Bird Fanciers Delight (Schott Ed 10442)

  1. Boureé Saint Luc

from from Let’s Make the Grade Book 3 (Sunshine Sun 175)

  1. Summer Afternoon Brian Bonser

from 5 Concert Pieces from Enjoy The Recorder (Schott Ed 12346/MDS)

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Schedule of maximum marks
Scales & Arpeggios 15

Sight-Reading 10

Ear Tests 10

Theory 5


Pieces 1 20

2 20


3 20
rade 2 - Descant

Scales & Arpeggios

All scales to be played from memory and to be played legato tongued and slurred
Scales: F, G major, 1 octave and down to dominant.

C major D minor to a twelfth.

A minor 1 octave

Chromatic of C 1 octave


Arpeggios: F, G major, 1 octave and down to dominant.

C major D minor (harmonic)to a twelfth.

A minor 1 octave (harmonic)


Sight-Reading

A piece of c.8 bars duration in the keys of C, F, or G major, using simple time and basic note values.

Ear Tests


  1. To clap a four bar rhythm in simple 2, 3, 4 and compound duple time, and to state the time signature. The example will be played twice by the examiner.

  2. To clap from sight a four bar rhythm that may include quavers, crotchets, minims, dotted-minims, crotchet and minim rests.

  3. To sing, whistle or hum a two or three bar phrase played in a major or minor key. The example will be played twice by the examiner. The tonic and tonic triad will be sounded before each playing.

  4. To recognise any interval from a major 2nd, major 3rd, minor 3rd, perfect 4th and perfect 5th. The example will be played twice by the examiner. The tonic will be sounded before each playing.

Theory


As for Grade 1. In addition candidates will be required to recognize any interval from A major 2nd major and minor 3rd, perfect 4th and perfect 5th. Key signatures (in correct order). Construction of the major and minor scales.

Pieces


Choose any three pieces from the following list for performance.

The pieces chosen should be of contrasting style to reflect a varied and interesting programme.





  1. A Merry Tune Matthew Camidge

from Old MacDonald’s Book 2 (Boosey & Hawkes)

  1. Sonatina James Hook

fromOld MacDonald’s Book 2 (Boosey & Hawkes)

  1. Minuet in G Johann Sebastian Bach

from Recorder Rules Book 2 (Mary C. Ryng)

  1. The Merry Peasant Robert Schumann

from Recorder Rules Book 2 (Mary C. Ryng)

  1. Men of Harlech Traditional

from Very Easy Recorder Tunes (Usbourne)

  1. Titanic Theme James Horner

from Easy Winners, Peter Laurence (Brass Wind Public)

  1. Moon River Henry Mancini

from Easy Winners, Peter Laurence (Brass Wind Public)

  1. Spring Costel Puscoiu

from No.8 from Album for the Young Op.68 (Peters)

  1. Partie in 9, 1st or 3rd Movement (Pastorale or Finale) Franz Joseph Haydn

from First Repertoire for Descant Recorders Ed. Adams (Faber)

  1. Paragon Rag Scott Joplin

from Amazing Solos for Descant Recorder, Arr. Rosenberg (Boosey & Hawkes/MDS)

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Schedule of maximum marks
Scales, Arpeggios & Chords 15

Sight-Reading 10

Ear Tests 10

Theory 5


Pieces 1 20

2 20


3 20

Schedule of maximum marks
Scales & Arpeggios 15

Sight-Reading 10

Ear Tests 10

Theory 5


Pieces 1 20

2 20


3 20
rade 2 - Treble

Scales & Arpeggios

All scales to be played from memory and to be played legato tongued and slurred
Scales: Bb flat, C major, 1 octave and down to dominant.

F major G minor (harmonic) to a twelfth.

D minor(harmonic) 1 octave

Chromatic of C 1 octave


Arpeggios: Bb flat, C major, 1 octave and down to dominant.

F major G minor to a twelfth.

D minor 1 octave


Sight-Reading

A piece of c.8 bars duration in the keys of C, F, or B major, using simple time and basic note values.

Ear Tests


  1. To clap a four bar rhythm in simple 2, 3, 4 and compound duple time, and to state the time signature. The example will be played twice by the examiner.

  2. To clap from sight a four bar rhythm that may include quavers, crotchets, minims, dotted-minims, crotchet and minim rests.

  3. To sing, whistle or hum a two or three bar phrase played in a major or minor key. The example will be played twice by the examiner. The tonic and tonic triad will be sounded before each playing.

  4. To recognise any interval from a major 2nd, major 3rd, minor 3rd, perfect 4th and perfect 5th. The example will be played twice by the examiner. The tonic will be sounded before each playing.

Theory


As for Descant Grade 2.

Pieces


Choose any three pieces from the following list for performance.

The pieces chosen should be of contrasting style to reflect a varied and interesting programme.





  1. Gavotte Francois–Joseph Gossec

from Solo Pieces for the Intermediate Treble Recorder (Melbay)

  1. Morning (Peer Gynt) Edvard Grieg

from Solo Pieces for Beginning Treble Recorder (Melbay)

  1. Allegro, Fantasie no.1 in C Georg Phillip Teleman

from Barenreiter BA 6440

  1. Arioso William Boyce

from from Old England (Schott ed. 2566)

  1. Harlequin on the Beach Anon.

from Duncan and Paul’s Shopping List (Sunshine Sun 306)

  1. Largo Concerto In C, RV87 Antonio Vivaldi

from Vivaldi Slow Movements (Dolce Dol 270)

  1. Waltz No. 2 Michael Turner

from 4 Diversions (Forsyth)

  1. Minuet in A minor Henry Purcell

from Easy Pieces of the 17th and 18th Centuries (Schott Ed 4364/MDS)

  1. The Merry Go Round no. 8 Brian Bonser

from The Really Easy Recorder Book (Faber)

  1. Scottish the Gobbie - O Anon.

from 50 Old Airs and Dances from Scotland and Ireland (Schott Ed 10038/MDS)
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Schedule of maximum marks
Scales & Arpeggios 15

Sight-Reading 10

Ear Tests 10

Theory 5


Pieces 1 20

2 20


3 20
rade 3 - Descant

Scales & Arpeggios

All scales to be played from memory and to be played legato tongued and slurred
Scales: F, G major, A minor (harmonic) 1 octave and down to dominant.

D major, E minor (harmonic) to a twelfth.

C major 2 octaves

Chromatic of D, 1 octave


Arpeggios: F, G major, Aminor 1 octave and down to dominant.

D major, E minor to a twelfth.

C major 2 octaves


Sight-Reading

A piece of preparatory level.

Ear Tests


  1. To clap a four bar rhythm played in simple or compound time, and to state the time signature. The example will be played twice by the examiner.

  2. To clap from sight a four bar rhythm that may include quavers, crotchets, minims, dotted minims, semibreves and their rests.

  3. To sing, whistle or hum a melodic phrase beginning and ending on the key note. The example will be played twice by the examiner. The tonic and tonic triad will be sounded before each playing.

  4. To recognise intervals from the major scale and to include a minor 3rd. The example will be played twice by the examiner. The tonic will be sounded before each playing.

Theory


As for Grade 2, in addition candidates will be required to recognize the relative major and minor of the keys performed.

Pieces


Choose any three pieces from the following list for performance.

The pieces chosen should be of contrasting style to reflect a varied and interesting programme.





  1. Rondo James Hook

fromOld MacDonald’s Book 2 (Boosey & Hawkes)

  1. Entr’acte from Rosamunde Schubert Franz Peter Schubert

from Recorder Rules Book 2 (Mary C. Ryng)

  1. On Wings of Song Felix Mendelssohn

from Recorder Rules Book 2 (Mary C. Ryng)

  1. Spring Antonio Vivaldi

from Easy Winners, Peter Laurence (Brass Wind Public)

  1. Where is Love Lionel Bart

from Easy Winners, Peter Laurence (Brass Wind Public)

  1. Gavotte Archangelo Correlli

from Solo Pieces for the Beginning Treble/Alto Recorder, (Melbay)

  1. Air Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

from Solo Pieces for the Beginning Treble/Alto Recorder, (Melbay)

  1. Sonata in F William Babell

from OP 1 no. 10 3rd and 4th Movements (Dolce 223)

  1. Waltz for Mo No. 5 Brian Bonser

from Jazzy Recorder 2 (Universal 19364/MDS)

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Schedule of maximum marks
Scales & Arpeggios 15

Sight-Reading 10

Ear Tests 10

Theory 5


Pieces 1 20

2 20


3 20
rade 3 - Treble

Scales & Arpeggios

All scales to be played from memory and to be played legato tongued and slurred
Scales: E flat, D major, D minor (harmonic) 1 octave and down to dominant.

G major, A minor (harmonic) to a twelfth.

C major 2 octaves

Chromatic of G, 1 octave


Arpeggios: E flat, D major, D minor 1 octave and down to dominant.

G major, A minor to a twelfth.

C major 2 octaves


Sight-Reading

A piece of preparatory level.

Ear Tests


  1. To clap a four bar rhythm played in simple or compound time, and to state the time signature. The example will be played twice by the examiner.

  2. To clap from sight a four bar rhythm that may include quavers, crotchets, minims, dotted minims, semibreves and their rests.

  3. To sing, whistle or hum a melodic phrase beginning and ending on the key note. The example will be played twice by the examiner. The tonic and tonic triad will be sounded before each playing.

  4. To recognise intervals from the major scale and to include a minor 3rd. The example will be played twice by the examiner. The tonic will be sounded before each playing.

Theory


As for Grade 3 Descant.

Pieces


Choose any three pieces from the following list for performance.

The pieces chosen should be of contrasting style to reflect a varied and interesting programme.




  1. Boureé in F William Babell

from No. 16, From Old England (Schott ED 2566/MDS)

  1. Sonata in G minor George Frideric Handel

from OPI no.2 HWV360 3rd & 4th movements, Adagio & PrestoHandels Complete Sonatas for Treble (Faber)

  1. Mountain Blues Geoffrey Winters

from Landscapes Nova NM352 (Spartan Press)

  1. America Leonard Bernstein

from West Side Story, Amazing Solos for Treble Recorder arr. Rasenberg (Boosey & Hawkes)

  1. Fur Elise Ludwig van Beethoven

from Solo Pieces for the Intermediate Treble Recorder, Puscoiu (Melbay)

  1. Habanera Georges Bizet

from Carmen, Solo Pieces for the Intermediate Treble Recorder, Puscoiu (Melbay)

  1. Christmas Pastoral Robin Milford

from (OUP)

  1. Jigg in F no. 2 Gottfried Finger

from More Preludes and Voluntaries, Nova NM195 (Spartan Press)

  1. Paragon Rag Scott Joplin

from Amazing Solos for Treble Recorders Vol. 2 (Forsyth)

  1. Hornpipe Walter Bergman

from Concert Repertoirefor Recorders Ed. Adams (Faber)

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Schedule of maximum marks
Scales & Arpeggios 15

Sight-Reading 10

Ear Tests 10

Theory 5


Pieces 1 20

2 20


3 20

Schedule of maximum marks
Scales & Arpeggios 15

Sight-Reading 10

Ear Tests 10

Theory 5


Pieces 1 20

2 20


3 20
rade 4 - Descant

Scales & Arpeggios

All scales to be played from memory and to be played legato tongued and slurred
Scales: Ab, Bb major, A minor (harmonic), 1 octave and down to dominant

Eb major, D minor (harmonic) to a twelfth.

C minor 2 octaves
Chromatic Scale: D, 1 octave
Arpeggios: Ab, Bb major, A minor 1 octave and down to dominant

Eb major, D minor to a twelfth.

C minor 2 octaves.
Dominant Sevenths: C, 1 octave

Sight-Reading

A piece of Grade 1 level.

Ear Tests


  1. To clap a four bar rhythm played in simple or compound time, and to state the time signature. The example will be played twice by the examiner.

  2. To clap from sight a four bar rhythm that may include quavers, crotchets, minims, dotted minims, semibreves and their rests.

  3. To sing, whistle or hum the top or bottom note of an interval (to include all major, perfect and minor 3rds and minor 6ths). The example will be played twice by the examiner. The tonic will be sounded before each playing.

  4. Observation test on a short piece played by the examiner. Questions will be selected beforehand and may include tempo, tempo changes, dynamics and gradations of tone.

Theory


As for Grade 3. In addition candidates will be questioned on simple and compound time signatures.

Pieces


Choose any three pieces from the following list for performance.

The pieces chosen should be of contrasting style to reflect a varied and interesting programme.





  1. Minuet and Trio Ludwig van Beethoven

from Recorder Rules Book 2 (Mary C. Ryng)

  1. Dance of the Blessed Spirits Christophe Willibald Gluck

from Recorder Rules Book 2 (Mary C. Ryng)

  1. A Whole New World Alan Menken

from Easy Winners, Peter Laurence (Brass Wind Public)

  1. Minuet Georg Frideric Handel

from Easy Winners, Peter Laurence (Brass Wind Public)

  1. If I were a Rich Man Johann Sebastian Bach

from Easy Winners, Peter Laurence (Brass Wind Public)

  1. Consider Yourself Lionel Bart

from Easy Winners, Peter Laurence (Brass Wind Public)

  1. Greensleeves Traditional Old English

from Solo Pieces for the Beginning Treble/Alto Recorder, (Melbay)

  1. Paddy McGinty’s Goat Western / Lee / Alden / Egan

from Easy Winners, Peter Laurence (Brass Wind Public)

  1. No. 12 Sweet Dreams Brian Bonsor

from The Really Easy Recorder Book (Faber)

  1. Recipies No. 2 Alan Bullard

from Barbecue Blues (Forsyth)
Grade 4 - Treble


Schedule of maximum marks
Scales & Arpeggios 15

Sight-Reading 10

Ear Tests 10

Theory 5


Pieces 1 20

2 20


3 20

Scales & Arpeggios

All scales to be played from memory and to be played legato tongued and slurred
Scales: Db, B major, E minor (harmonic), 1 octave and down to dominant

Ab major, F minor (harmonic) to a twelfth.

F major 2 octaves
Chromatic Scale: D, 1 octave
Arpeggios: Db, B major, E minor 1 octave and down to dominant

Ab major, F minor to a twelfth.

F major 2 octaves.
Dominant Sevenths: G, 1 octave.


Sight-Reading

A piece of Grade 1 level.

Ear Tests


  1. To clap a four bar rhythm played in simple or compound time, and to state the time signature. The example will be played twice by the examiner.

  2. To clap from sight a four bar rhythm that may include quavers, crotchets, minims, dotted minims, semibreves and their rests.

  3. To sing, whistle or hum the top or bottom note of an interval (to include all major, perfect and minor 3rds and minor 6ths). The example will be played twice by the examiner. The tonic will be sounded before each playing.

  4. Observation test on a short piece played by the examiner. Questions will be selected beforehand and may include tempo, tempo changes, dynamics and gradations of tone.

Theory


As for Grade 4 Descant.

Pieces


Choose any three pieces from the following list for performance.

The pieces chosen should be of contrasting style to reflect a varied and interesting programme.





  1. Sonata in A minor Georg Frideric Handel

from Allegro 2nd Movement (Schott ED10050)

  1. Fantasia no. 1 Georg Philippe Telemann

from Allegro 2nd Movement 12 Fantasias according toTWV 40 2-13(Barenreiter 6440)

  1. No. 8 to Chloe Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

from Second Book of Treble Recorder Solos, Bergman (Faber Music)

  1. Scottish Suite Norman Fulton

from 2nd Movement Air (Schott ED 10466)

  1. Download Dance Geoffrey Winters

from Landscapes Nova N7352 (Spartan Press)

  1. Sonata for Treble Recorder (1st Movement) Gordon Jacobs

from Andantino Semplice Musica Rara 1116 (Breitkopf and Hartel)

  1. Sonata in F (RV52 Ist & 2nd Movements) Antonio Vivaldi

from Siciliana and Allemanck (Schott OFB115/MDS)

  1. Boureé Johann Sebastian Bach

from Bach for Treble Recorder (Schott Ed 7781)

  1. Andantino or Andante Robin Milford

from 3 Airs (OUP)

  1. Sonatina Lennox Berkeley

from 2nd Movement, Adagio (Schott OFB 1040)


Schedule of maximum marks
Scales & Arpeggios 15

Sight-Reading 10

Ear Tests 10

Theory 5


Pieces 1 20

2 20


3 20

Grade 5 - Descant

Scales & Arpeggios

All scales to be played from memory and to be played legato tongued and slurred


Scales: A major, G and B minor (harmonic), 1 octave and down to dominant

E major, C# minor (harmonic) a twelfth.

E minor (melodic) 1 octave.
Chromatic Scale: C, 1 octave, D, a twelfth.
Arpeggios: A major, G and B minor (harmonic) 1 octave and down to dominant

E major, C# minor a twelfth.

C minor 2 octaves.
Dominant Sevenths: F, 2 octaves, G, 1 octave.
Diminished Sevenths: D, 1 octave.

Sight-Reading

A piece of Grade 2 level.

Ear Tests


  1. To clap a four bar rhythm of suitable standard and to state the time signature. The example will be played twice by the examiner.

  2. To clap from sight a four bar phrase of suitable standard.

  3. To sing, whistle or hum a short melody played twice by the examiner.

  4. Observation test on a short piece played by the examiner. Questions will be selected beforehand and may include tempo, tempo changes, articulation, dynamics and gradations of tone.

Theory


As for Grade 4. In addition Candidates will be required to recognize any ornaments within the pieces performed, and to recognize any modulations occurring in pieces.

Pieces


Choose any three pieces from the following list for performance.

The pieces chosen should be of contrasting style to reflect a varied and interesting programme.





  1. Hunters Chorus Carl Maria Von Weber

from Recorder Rules Book 2 (Mary C. Ryng)

  1. I Feel Pretty Leonard Bernstein

from Easy Winners, Peter Laurence (Brass Wind Public)

  1. Irish Washerwoman Traditional

from Easy Winners, Peter Laurence (Brass Wind Public)

  1. Serenade Franz Joseph Haydn

from Celebrated Classics for Recorder and Piano, TS Walker (Schott ED 10350)

  1. Beckett Blues One and Two arr. John Pitts

from Recorder from the Beginning Book 3 (John Pitts / Chester Music)

  1. Andante Grazioso Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

from Recorder from the Beginning Book 3 (John Pitts / Chester Music)

  1. Sarabanda Arcangelo Corelli

from Sarabanda Recorder Music for Beginners (Boosey & Hawkes)

  1. Air and Country Dance Georg Frideric Handel

from Water Music (Dolce DOC269)

  1. A Restful Place Christopher Norton

from Microjazz for Descant Recorder (Boosey & Hawkes)

  1. Gwenny Philip Martin

from Contemporary Music Centre


Schedule of maximum marks
Scales & Arpeggios 15

Sight-Reading 10

Ear Tests 10

Theory 5


Pieces 1 20

2 20


3 20

Grade 5 – Treble


Scales & Arpeggios

All scales to be played from memory and to be played legato tongued and slurred


Scales: E major, C and B minor (harmonic), 1 octave and down to dominant

Ab major, F# minor (harmonic) a twelfth.

D minor (melodic), 1 octave.
Chromatic Scale: F, 2 octaves, G, a twelfth
Arpeggios: E major, C and B minor 1 octave and down to dominant

Ab major, F# minor a twelfth.


Dominant Sevenths: Bb, C, 1 octave.
Diminished Sevenths: A, 1 octave


Sight-Reading

A piece of Grade 2 level.

Ear Tests


  1. To clap a four bar rhythm of suitable standard and to state the time signature. The example will be played twice by the examiner.

  2. To clap from sight a four bar phrase of suitable standard.

  3. To sing, whistle or hum a short melody played twice by the examiner.

  4. Observation test on a short piece played by the examiner. Questions will be selected beforehand and may include tempo, tempo changes, articulation, dynamics and gradations of tone.

Theory


As for Grade 5 Descant.

Pieces


Choose any three pieces from the following list for performance.

The pieces chosen should be of contrasting style to reflect a varied and interesting programme.





  1. Morning Edvard Greig

from Solo Pieces for the Beginning Treble / Alto Recorder (Melbay)

  1. Sonata no. 4 in F Georg Frideric Handel

from (Doblinger 05079)

  1. Adagio Johann Sebastian Bach

from Sonata in A Minor BVW 1020 (Nova NM 264)

  1. Chrysanthemum Scott Joplin

from Rags Vol. 2, arr. Robinson (Dolce DOL 405)

  1. Lakeland Lyrics Geoffrey Winters

from Landscapes for Treble and Piano (Nova NM 352)

  1. Burleske Colin Hand

from Sonata Piccola for Treble Recorder and Piano(Elkin BD059)

  1. No. 6 Pastorale Antonio Vivaldi

from Second Book of Recorder Solos, Walter Beigmam (Faber)

  1. No. 2 or No. 4 Arnold Cooke

from 8 Inventions for Treble Recorder (Moeck 498)

  1. Rondo Alla Turca Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

from Solo Pieces for Intermediate Treble / Alto Recorder, Puscoiu (Melbay)

  1. Andaluza (Spanish Dance No. 5) Enrique Granados

from Solo Pieces for Intermediate Treble / Alto Recorder, Puscoiu (Melbay)


Schedule of maximum marks
Scales & Arpeggios 15

Sight-Reading 10

Ear Tests 10

Theory 5


Pieces 1 20

2 20


3 20

Grade 6 – Descant


Scales & Arpeggios

All scales to be played from memory and to be played legato tongued and slurred


Scales: F# major, G and A minor (harmonic and melodic), 1 octave and down to dominant

Db major, D and E minor, (harmonic and melodic) at twelfth.

C major and C minor (harmonic), 2 octaves.
Chromatic Scale: C, C#, D, Eb, a twelfth
Arpeggios: F# major, G and A minor 1 octave and down to dominant

Db major, D and E minor a twelfth.

C major and C minor, 2 octaves.
Dominant Sevenths: A, B, 1 octave, C, 2 octaves.
Diminished Sevenths: D, 2 octaves.


Sight-Reading

A piece of Grade 3 level.

Ear Tests


  1. To clap a four bar rhythm of suitable standard and to state the time signature. The example will be played twice by the examiner.

  2. To clap from sight a four bar phrase of suitable standard.

  3. To sing, whistle or hum a short melody played twice by the examiner.

  4. Observation test on a short piece played by the examiner. Questions will be selected beforehand and may include tempo, tempo changes, articulation, dynamics and gradations of tone.

Theory


As for Grade 5. In addition, Candiates will be required to know technical names of notes (Tonic, supertonic etc.), and of scales. Candidates may be asked about the form of the pieces performed.

Pieces


Choose any three pieces from the following list for performance.

The pieces chosen should be of contrasting style to reflect a varied and interesting programme.





  1. Will O’ The Wisp Anon.

from Coombes Music for a Cartoon (Brass Wind 0217)

  1. Serenade Franz Joseph Haydn

from Celebrated Classics for Descant Recorder and Piano, T.S Walker (Schott Ed 10350)

  1. No. 3 Ragtime Razzle Anon.

from Jazzy Recorder for Young Players (Universal Edition 18828)

  1. 1st Movement (The Deans Alman) C. Ball

from (Forsyth FBM 01)

  1. 1st Movement – Andante – Sonata No. 4 Op. 2 Giovanni Battista Sammartini

from Amadeus (BP443)

  1. Hornpipe Movement No. 7 John Gardner

from 7 Heptad Pieces for Solo Recorder Vol. 2 (Forsyth F2204)

  1. Sonata in A minor, Op. 5 No. 8 (all movements) Arcangelo Corelli

from Heinrichishofen Edition New York (Peters Ed.N4023)

  1. 1st and 2nd Movements Georg Frideric Handel

from Sonata in D Minor HWV366 (Dolce DOL 234)

  1. No. 8 Freda Dinn

from Dexterity Studies for Descant Recorder (Lengnick Al and Co. Ltd. 4194))

  1. Sonata in C Minor Diogenio Bigaglia

from Allegro 4th Movement (Robert Lienau / musik vertag R140710, Peters. Ed.)


Schedule of maximum marks
Scales & Arpeggios 15

Sight-Reading 10

Ear Tests 10

Theory 5


Pieces 1 20

2 20


3 20

Grade 6 – Treble


Scales & Arpeggios

All scales to be played from memory and to be played legato tongued and slurred


Scales: Db major, C# and Eb minor (harmonic and melodic), 1 octave and down to dominant

Eb major, A, G# minor (harmonic and melodic) a twelfth.

E major and F minor (harmonic) 2 octaves.
Chromatic Scale: G, A, Bb, a twelfth
Arpeggios: Db majors, C# and Eb minor 1 octave and down to dominant

Eb major, F, G# minor a twelfth.

E major, F minor, 2 octaves
Dominant Sevenths: Db, D, Eb 1 octave.
Diminished Sevenths: F, 2 octaves.


Sight-Reading

A piece of Grade 3 level.

Ear Tests


  1. To clap a four bar rhythm of suitable standard and to state the time signature. The example will be played twice by the examiner.

  2. To clap from sight a four bar phrase of suitable standard.

  3. To sing, whistle or hum a short melody played twice by the examiner.

  4. Observation test on a short piece played by the examiner. Questions will be selected beforehand and may include tempo, tempo changes, articulation, dynamics and gradations of tone.

Theory


As for Grade 6 Descant

Pieces


Choose any three pieces from the following list for performance.

The pieces chosen should be of contrasting style to reflect a varied and interesting programme.





  1. Dance of Mirlitons (Nutcracker Suite op71) Piotr Tchaikovsky

from Solo Pieces for the Beginning Treble / Alto Recorder (Melbay)

  1. Allegro Moderato (No. 3) Robin Milford

from 3 Airs (O.U.P)

  1. Boureé Johann Sebastian Bach

from 11 Movements from Sonatas and Partitas for Violin, Partitano.3 BWV1006 (Zen-On Music / MDS)

  1. Fantasia on Greensleeves Vaughen Williams

from Recorder and Piano (O.U.P)

  1. Suite no. 5 Gordon Jacob

from Pavane (Oxford)

  1. Divisions upon an Italian Ground Robert Care

from The Delightful Companion (Schott)

  1. Sonata in G minor Georg Frideric Handel

from Op 1 no. 2 HWV 360, 1st & 2nd Movements (Schott OFB37/MDS)

  1. La Vivalite Francois Couperin

from Zwei Konzerte (Moeck 2531)

  1. Reflections Paul Spicer

from Recital Picceo Vol. (Forsyth FZZ 05)

  1. Sarabande no. 2 Little Suite Arnold Cooke

from Pieces for Solo Recorder Vol. 2, (Forsyth FZZ04)


Schedule of maximum marks
Scales & Arpeggios 15

Sight-Reading 10

Ear Tests 10

Theory 5


Pieces 1 20

2 20


3 20

Grade 7 – Treble & Descant



For Grade 7 and Grade 8, the student can choose any 3 pieces from the descant or treble syllabus.

Scales & Arpeggios



Scales and Arpeggios must be performed on the treble recorder only.

All scales to be played from memory and to be played legato tongued and slurred


Scales: Eb, B major, F# , C# minor, E (harmonic and melodic), 1 octave and down to dominant

A, F#, G major, Bb, C (harmonic and melodic) a twelfth.

F major and F minor (melodic), 2 octaves.
Chromatic Scale: E, Ab, F#, turning on top and bottom F, 2 octaves.
Arpeggios: Eb, B major, F#, C# minor 1 octave and down to octave.

A, F# major, Bb, C minor a twelfth.

F major and F minor, 2 octaves.
Dominant Sevenths: E, Ab, F# 1 octave.
Diminished Sevenths: G, 2 octaves.


Sight-Reading

A piece of Grade 4 level.

Ear Tests

1a. To clap a four bar rhythm of suitable standard and to state the time signature. The example will be played twice by the examiner. If the stated time signature is incorrect the examiner will announce the correct one and proceed to 1b.

1b. To identify time values within the marked sections.


  1. To state whether a triad is major or minor and in root position or 1st inversion.

  2. To recognise a cadence at the end of a phrase played twice by the examiner as perfect or plagal.

4. Observation test on a piece played by the examiner. Questions may include tempo, tempo changes, dynamics, gradations of tone, articulation and recognition of major and minor tonality.

Theory


As for Grade 6. In addition Candidates will be questioned on some basic knowledge of relevant composers.

Pieces


Choose any three pieces from the following lists for performance.

The pieces chosen should be of contrasting style to reflect a varied and interesting programme.


Descant

  1. Sonata in C Johann Sebastian Bach

from BWV 1028 1st and 2nd Movement (Dolce DOC 271)

  1. Bossa Nova John Golland

from New World Dances (Forsyth FGJ02)

  1. Partita in E minor Georg Philippe Telemann

from (All movements) Hairgail Music Press BRS 5 (William Elkin)

  1. Suite for Descant Recorder Mary McAuliffe

from Mary Mc Auliffe (OCMP)

  1. No. 11 J. Collette

from Twelve Melodious Exercises for Descant Recorder (Universal Edition 12643)

  1. Sonata Brillante Anton Heberle

from 1st Movement (Hansen WH29812)

  1. Serenade for Descant Recorder and Piano John Turner

from Serenade for Descant Recorder and Piano (Moeck ZFS 723 / 724)

  1. No. 3 (Plaint) and No. 6 (Caccia) John Turner

from Zwei Konzerte (Moeck 2531)

  1. Gwenny for Descant Recorder and Piano Philip Martin

from Contemporary Music Centre

  1. No. 7 Alan Davies

from 15 Studies for Descant Recorder (Schott ED 12432 / MDS)

Treble


  1. No. 2 (Dreamy) and No 3. (Easy Going) Hans-Martin Linde

from 3Jazzy Tunes (Schott OFB 177)

  1. Solfeggietto Johann Sebastian Bach

from Bach for Treble Recorder (Scott ED 7781)

  1. Sonata in C major Georg Frideric Handel

from IV and V Movements (Schott no. 10075)

  1. Sonatina for Recorder Malcolm Arnold

from OP 41, 3rd Movement Rondo (Patterson / music sales)

  1. Study no. 9 and 10 Alan Davis

from 15 Studies for the Treble Recorder (Schott ED11480)

  1. Chant d’amour pour N Hans-Martin Linde

from 3Jazzy Tunes (Schott OFB 177)

  1. Aria Con Divisioni in E Flat Nicola Matteis

from Ground After Scotch Humour (Dolce DOL 602)

  1. Sentimental Flowers Victor Fortin

from Top Fourteen (Doblinger 04466)

  1. Capriccio Arnold Cooke

from Recital Piece for Treble Recorder Vol. 1 (Forsyth)

  1. Pineapple Rag Scott Joplin

from Rags Vol. 2 (Dolce DOL 405)



Schedule of maximum marks
Scales & Arpeggios 15

Sight-Reading 10

Ear Tests 10

Theory 5


Pieces 1 20

2 20


3 20

Grade 8 – Treble & Descant



For Grade 7 and Grade 8, the student can choose any 3 pieces from the descant or treble syllabus.
Scales & Arpeggios

Scales and Arpeggios must be performed on the treble recorder only.

All scales to be played from memory and to be played legato tongued and slurred


Scales: B, Db, E major, D, Eb, B minor (harmonic and melodic), 1 octave and down to octave.

C. Bb, D major, G, G#, A minor (harmonic and melodic) a twelfth.

Ab major 2 octaves.
Scales in Thirds: G, Bb major, a twelfth
Whole-Tone Scale: F, 2 octaves
Chromatic Scale: on any note, 2 octaves (turning on top and bottom F)
Arpeggios: D, B, Db, E major, D, Eb, B minor, 1 octave and down to dominant

C, Bb major, A, G, G# minor a twelfth.

Ab major, 2 octaves
Dominant Sevenths: C, Bb 2 octaves.
Diminished Sevenths: Ab, G, 2 octaves.

Sight-Reading

A piece of Grade 5 level.


Ear Tests

  1. To sing, whistle or hum the lower part of a two part phrase. The example will be played twice by the examiner.

  2. To recognise a cadence at the end of a phrase played twice by the examiner as perfect plagal, imperfect or interrupted.

  3. To recognise the modulation from a major key to its dominant, sub-dominant or relative-minor.

  4. Observation test on a piece played by the examiner. Questions may include tempo, tempo changes, dynamics, gradations of tone, articulation, recognition of major and minor tonality, general character and form, the principal modulations, period and style with a general knowledge of Sonata Form, Fugue and Rondo.

Theory


As for Grade 7. In addition Candidates will be expected to discuss in general terms; sonata, fugue and rondo form. Candidates should also know the historical period from which music comes; baroque, romantic etc.
Pieces

Choose any three pieces from the following lists for performance.

The pieces chosen should be of contrasting style to reflect a varied and interesting programme.
Treble


  1. Sonata in F Georg Frideric Handel

from Op 1 no.13 HWV 371 ,1st and 2nd Movements (Universal 19929/MDS)

  1. Concerto in C Georg Philippe Telemann

from 3rd and 4th Movements (Moeck 1065)

  1. Sonata No. 5 in C Minor Arcangelo Corelli

from 12 Sonatas Op5 Vol3 Treble Recorder & Piano (Heinrichschofen N4093)

  1. Musette, Nocturne and Reel Norman Fulton

from Scottish Suite (Schott ED 10466)

  1. Sonatina Lennox Berkeley

from Third Movement Allegro Moderato (Schott OFB 1040)

  1. Suite. no. 3 Gordon Jacob

from Lament (OUP)

  1. Andante and Allegro Antonio Vivaldi

from 1st and 3rd Movements, Stockholm Sonata in G minor (Nova NM126)

  1. I’d Rather be in Philadelphia Pete Rose

from Unacconpanied (Universal UE 30214)

  1. Meditazioni Sopra Edmund Rubbra

from Coeurs Desoles Op 67 (Lengnick)

  1. Ashopton Bell Richard Taylor

from Recital Pieces for Treble Recorder , Vol. 2 (Forsyth)

Descant


  1. Allegro Giocoso York Bowen

from 3rd Movement, Sonata Op121 (Emerson E113)

  1. Concerto in C major William Babell

from Op No. 1 (Hargail)

  1. No. 5 (Sir Keiths Fancy) & No. 6 (Mr. Turner, his dance) Michael Ball

from 6 Pieces for Descant & Piano, Michael Ball (Forsyth)

  1. Dansereye Michael Ball

from 6 Pieces for Descant & Piano, Michael Ball (Forsyth)

  1. Bossa Nova No. 3 John Golland

from New World Dances Op62 (Forsyth)

  1. Sonata (1808) 1st Movement Anton Heberle

from Allegro (Moeck 1119)

  1. No. 9 Alan Davis

from 15 Studies for Descant or Tenor Recorders (Schott ED 12432/Peters)

  1. Turkish Dance No. 10 Gus Haverkate

from Advanced Studies in Recorder Book 2 (Broekmans and VanPoppet)

  1. Canzona delta la Bernardania Girolamo Frescobaldi

from Venetian Music about 1600, Ed. Linde (Schott OFB 122/MDS)

  1. Sonata in F Georg Frideric Handel

from Op 1 no.5 HWV 363,1st and 2nd Movements, Handel 3 Authentic Solos for Oboe (Nova NM100 Spartan Press)

Junior & Senior Repertoire Recital Programmes

Performers are expected to present a balanced recital programme of their own choice, lasting 15-20 minutes for the Junior Repertoire and 40-45 minutes for the Senior Repertoire.
The Junior Repertoire selection should contain at least one piece of grade 5 standard while the Senior Repertoire should contain at least one piece of grade 8 standard.
The candidate’s selection of music, to reflect a varied and interesting programme, will be taken into account.
The candidate’s programme, typed in the order of performance, must be submitted at least two months before the examination.
The candidate will be expected to give a brief introduction to each piece during the recital.
It should be noted that this recital examination is open to members of the public and candidates are encouraged to invite friends and relatives.

The Junior & Senior Repertoire Recital Programmes will be marked as follows:
(a) Technical Ability 30%

(b) Interpretation 40%

(c) Overall Impression & Choice of Programme 30%

Maximum Marks 100, Passing Marks 65



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