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Organ Improvisation

Teaching Staff

Prof. David Franke

Courses of study available

Master of Music
Concert Exam

Master of Music

Regulations, degree plans and module catalogues

The content of the main subject module (two SWS over four semesters) is as follows: Development of demanding prepared and unprepared improvisations (free or according to specifications), also in larger forms and different styles and in a concert setting as well as differentiated song accompaniment. Depending on the student's inclination, improvisation on texts, images or films as well as group improvisation together with other instrumental or vocal soloists are also included.

The major module concludes with a public improvisation concert.

The studies in the main subject are accompanied by the compulsory module "Music Theory for Improvisers", in which analytical and practical compositional studies are carried out specifically with regard to improvisation.

Requirements in the entrance exam

Prepared improvisation as well as improvisation on given themes. One of the improvisations must be in a larger form (e.g. passacaglia, fugue, partita, suite, symphonic movement or similar). Duration: approx. 20 minutes.

(Excerpt from the Statutes on Enrollment; see there also the General examination requirements).

Requirements in the entrance exam

Ad hoc improvisations within a wide range of styles and forms based on given themes, texts, images or short film clips. The commission will set the theme 30 minutes before the start of the audition (conception time without instrument). At least three stylistic areas should be used, including contemporary musical language, one or more larger form(s) (e.g. passacaglia, sonata, symphonic movement, fantasy and fugue or similar) and polyphonic improvisation.



(Excerpt from the enrolment statutes; see also the general examination requirements).


Further notes on the entrance exams (Application, Deadlines, Formal Requirements)

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