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Piano Audition Repertoire

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Undergraduate

At least one week prior to the audition, pianists should submit a list of repertoire performed and studied in the last three years to Professor Delbeau

Bachelor of Music in Applied Piano

  • ​J. S. Bach: A prelude and fugue from the Well-Tempered Clavier​​, or four movements from a suite
  • A fast movement from a sonata by Beethoven, excluding Opus 49, or a fast movement from a sonata by Mozart, excluding K. 545.
  • One large-scale work or a group of shorter pieces from the 19th or 20th century demonstrating lyrical and virtuoso styles (9-11 minutes in length)
  • All music is to be played from memory
  • Major and minor scales and arpeggios—hands together, four octaves, memorized fingerings
  • Sight-reading

Bachelor of Music in Music Education with Piano Concentration and Bachelor of Music in Composition

  • An original work of J. S. Bach
  • A movement from a sonata by Mozart (excluding K. 545) or Beethoven (excluding Opus 49)
  • A third work from the Romantic, Impressionistic or Contemporary period. This piece must reflect the pianist's highest level of musical and technical accomplishment. Jazz, pop, or self-composed pieces are not acceptable.
  • All music is to be played from memory
  • Major and minor scales and arpeggios—hands together, four octaves, memorized fingerings
  • Sight-reading  

Bachelor of Arts and Piano Minor 

  • Two pieces in contrasting styles (no jazz, pop or self-composed pieces)
  • At least one piece is to be played from memory
Graduate

  • J. S. Bach—a suite or Prelude and Fugue from the WTC
  • An entire sonata by Haydn, Mozart or Beethoven
  • A large-scale major Romantic work
  • An Impressionistic or Contemporary work
  • All music is to be played from memory
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Piano Audition Repertoire
  • Department of Music
  • Amy E. du Pont Music Building
  • University of Delaware
  • Newark, DE 19716, USA
  • Phone: 302-831-2578
  • ud-music@udel.edu