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Trumpet Audition Repertoire

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Applied Music Major

  • Two solo pieces or movements from a concerto or sonata, plus one etude (the selections should be contrasting in nature)
  • All Major scales, in two octaves when possible
  • Sight-reading

Music Education, Composition, Theory, and History and Literature Majors

  • One solo piece or movement from a concerto or sonata, plus one etude (the two should be contrasting in nature)
  • All Major scales, in two octaves when possible
  • Sight-reading

Bachelor of Arts Major/Music Minor/Merit/Honors

  • One solo piece or movement from a concerto or sonata
  • Major scales through 3 sharps and 3 flats, in two octaves when possible
  • Sight-reading
Undergraduate Recommended Etudes and Studies

  • Arban 14 Characteristic Studies
  • Bousquet 36 Celebrated Studies
  • Brandt 34 Etudes
  • Charlier 36 Transcendental Etudes
  • Clarke Characteristic Studies
  • Concone (Korak) The Complete Solfeggi
  • Duhem 19 Studies
  • Gatti 22 Studies
  • Getchell Practical Studies Book 2
  • Small 27 Melodious and Rhythmical Exercises
Undergraduate Recommended Solo Pieces

  • Balay Petite Pièce Concertante
  • Barat Andante et Scherzo
  • Buesser Andante & Scherzo
  • Goedicke Concert Etude
  • Haydn Concerto, 1st & 2nd Movement
  • Hindemith Sonata, 1st Movement
  • Hummel Concerto, 1st & 2nd Movement
  • Kennan Sonata, 1st Movement
  • Neruda Concerto, 1st & 2nd Movement
  • Ropartz Andante et Allegro

Applicants for graduate study in trumpet at the University of Delaware are expected to demonstrate a high level of musicianship and serve as role models for our undergraduate students in both large and chamber ensembles. A thorough knowledge of the standard solo, etude, and orchestral literature is expected for performance concentration candidates, and a working knowledge of the major solo and etude literature is expected for education concentration candidates. 

Graduate Repetoire

Repertoire for all Graduate Trumpet Students:

  • One of the following classical concertos: Haydn, Hummel, or Neruda
  • One 20th century concerto, sonata, or unaccompanied work
  • All Major and minor scales
  • Sightreading

Additional Material for Performance Concentration

  • One solo work or etude on piccolo trumpet
  • Standard orchestral literature, choose three of the following:
  • Beethoven Leonore Calls No. 2 & 3 
  • Mahler 5 Opening Solo
  • Mussorgsky Pictures At an Exhibition, Opening Solo
  • Ravel Piano Concerto, Movement 1
  • Respighi Pines of Rome Offstage Solo
  • Stravinsky Petrouchka Ballerina’s Dance and Waltz

Graduate Recommended 20th Century Solo Works

  • Francaix Sonatine
  • Honegger Intrada
  • Stevens Sonata
  • Tomasi Concerto

Graduate Recommended Unaccompanied Works

  • Friedman Solus
  • Ketting Intrada
  • Persichetti Parable XIV
  • Plog Postcards
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Trumpet Audition Repertoire
  • Department of Music
  • Amy E. du Pont Music Building
  • University of Delaware
  • Newark, DE 19716, USA
  • Phone: 302-831-2578