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Piano Syllabus 2007-2008

PIANO (Subject Code: 01)


a The lists of pieces remain in force for two years, and ABRSM Publishing issues a selection of the set
pieces for Grades 1–8.
b Schedule of maximum marks for all grades:
Scales and Arpeggios/Broken Chords 21
Pieces: 1 30
Pieces: 2 30
Pieces: 3 30
Playing at Sight 21
Aural Tests 18
Total 150
c When marking, the examiner will pay attention not only to accuracy of notes and time, but also to other
elements inherent in a good performance, for example quality of touch, variety and gradation of tone,
choice of tempo, observance of marks of expression, rhythm, phrasing and accent, and the use of practical
fingering.
d Scales, arpeggios and broken chords should be played from memory, ascending and descending
throughout the prescribed compass, at a pace appropriate to the technical demands of the grade, consistent
with accuracy and distinctness, and without undue accentuation. In all grades, broken chords and
arpeggios should be played legato; scales in Grades 1 to 5 legato, Grade 6 legato or staccato only as
indicated in the syllabus, but in Grades 7 and 8 legato or staccato as directed by the examiner. Any
practical and systematic fingering which produces a good result will be accepted. Pedalling must not be
used.
e Candidates will be given a short interval of up to half a minute in which to look through and, if they wish,
try out any part of the test for Playing at Sight before they are required to perform it for assessment.
f Candidates should use their discretion in the choice of pieces in order to present a contrasted and balanced
programme.
g Discretion in the use of the pedals will be taken into account, although candidates in the lower grades who
cannot reach the pedals easily will not be penalized. Similarly, candidates whose hands are too small to
play the music as written will not be penalized for ‘spreading’ chords or omitting occasional notes at wide
stretches provided the result is musically satisfactory.
h ABRSM Centres provide a satisfactory piano (which may be upright or grand). Practice before the
examination cannot be arranged, but examiners will recognize that the instrument may be one to which
candidates are unaccustomed.
i When examinations are held at Visits (i.e. premises provided by a school or teacher 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.
Prep Test. Information about this test, designed as a preparation for the Grade 1 examination and to
encourage the building of good musical and technical foundations, is contained in a separate leaflet. The test,
lasting approximately 10 minutes, takes the form of a positive assessment with no marks or a ‘pass’ or ‘fail’
result. A certificate, incorporating the examiner’s written report, is presented to the candidate at the end of the
assessment. The three tunes, a choice of set pieces and examples of the listening games which comprise the
material used for the assessment are published by ABRSM Publishing in Piano Prep Test. Any piece or pieces
from one of the Party Time! for Piano albums or Roundabout (all published by ABRSM Publishing) may be
presented as alternatives to the set pieces in Piano Prep Test.
Piano Duet. Examinations for piano duet are available at three levels – Primary, Intermediate and
Advanced. Details of the requirements and suggested pieces are listed under the subject heading Ensembles
in the Harpsichord, Organ, Guitar, Harp, Percussion, Singing & Ensembles Syllabus published separately.

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Piano GR ADE 1
SCALES, ARPEGGIOS AND BROKEN CHORDS * : from memory, legato:
Scales: major and minor (melodic or harmonic at candidate’s choice):
(i) with each hand separately, up and down (L.H. may, at the candidate’s choice, be played down and up) in
the following keys:
C, G, D, F majors 
 (two octaves)
A, D minors 

(ii) in contrary motion with both hands beginning and ending on the key-note (unison), in the key of C major
only (one octave)
Arpeggios: the common chords of C, G and F majors, and A and D minors, in root position only, with each
hand separately (one octave)
Broken Chords: formed from the chords of C, G and F majors, and A and D minors, with each hand
separately, according to the following pattern:

THREE PIECES: one chosen by the candidate from each of the three Lists, A, B and C:
LIST A
1 Corelli Sarabanda: 3rd movt from Sonata in D minor, Op. 5 No. 7  Selected Piano Exam Pieces
2 Hässler Moderato in C: No. 5 from 50 pièces à l’usage des commençans, Op. 38  2007–2008, Grade 1
3 Mozart Allegro in F, K. 1c (observing first repeat)  (ABRSM Publishing)
4 Kress Menuet. No. 1 from Easy Pieces of the 17th and 18th Centuries, Vol. 1
5 Krieger Menuet. No. 10 from } (Bärenreiter Praha H 4014/Bärenreiter)
6 Türk Carefree Happiness: No. 32 from 60 Pieces for Aspiring Players, Book 1 (ABRSM Publishing)
LIST B
1 K. J. Bischoff The Industrious Student, Op. 31 No. 3  Selected Piano Exam Pieces
2 Enckhausen Andante: No. 22 from 41 Klavierstücke, Op. 93  2007–2008, Grade 1
3 R. Fuchs Banges Herzelein (Sad at Heart): No. 5 from Jugend-Album, Op. 47  (ABRSM Publishing)
4 Blatný Allegretto. No. 8 from Album Etud (Album of Studies), Vol. 1 (Bärenreiter Praha H 2348/Bärenreiter)
5 Köhler Melody, Op. 190 No. 27. More Romantic Pieces for Piano, Book 1 (ABRSM Publishing)
6 Loeschhorn Study in C, Op. 65 No. 3. A Romantic Sketchbook for Piano, Book 1 (ABRSM Publishing)
LIST C
1 N. Bachinskaya The Old Cuckoo-Clock  Selected Piano Exam Pieces 2007–2008,
2 Michel Le Coz Mini Rag: from Original Piano Jazz 
 Grade 1 (ABRSM Publishing)
3 David Sawer Moebius
4 Alan Bullard Flying above the Clouds. Piano Time: Going Places, arr. Hall (OUP)
5 Elissa Milne Skedaddle: from Little Peppers (Faber)
6 Lionel Salter Frogs: No. 3 from Easy Going Pieces (ABRSM Publishing)
PLAYING AT SIGHT: a short piece in simple time, with hands moving separately, in the key of C, G, D or F
major, A or D minor. Some accidentals, dotted and tied notes may be included. See paragraph e on page 18.
AURAL TESTS FOR THE GRADE

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Piano GR ADE 2
SCALES AND ARPEGGIOS * : from memory, legato:
Scales: major and minor (melodic or harmonic at candidate’s choice):
(i) in similar motion with hands together one octave apart, and with each hand separately, in the following
keys:
G, D, A, E, F majors 
 (two octaves)
E, B, D minors 

(ii) in contrary motion with both hands beginning and ending on the key-note (unison), in the keys of C and
E majors (two octaves)
Chromatic Scale: with each hand separately, beginning on D (one octave)
Arpeggios: the common chords of G, D, A, E and F majors, and E, B and D minors, in root position only,
with each hand separately (two octaves)
THREE PIECES: one chosen by the candidate from each of the three Lists, A, B and C:
LIST A
1 Haydn Allegro: 4th movt from Sonata in G, Hob. XVI/8 
Selected Piano Exam Pieces 2007–2008,
2 Löhlein Balletto 
 Grade 2 (ABRSM Publishing)
3 L. Mozart Bourrée
4 Handel Air (Hornpipe) in D minor, HWV 461. No. 2 from Handel Easy Piano Pieces and Dances (Bärenreiter
BA 6578)
5 Mozart Menuett in Bb, K. 15pp. No. 14 from Mozart 25 Early Pieces or No. 12 from A Keyboard Anthology,
Second Series, Book 1 (ABRSM Publishing)
6 Türk This Makes Me Want to Dance: No. 59 from 60 Pieces for Aspiring Players, Book 2 (ABRSM Publishing)
LIST B
1 Sarauer Grandmother’s Tales: from Spring Morning 
2 Krug Der Kuckuck und die Nachtigall (The Cuckoo and  Selected Piano Exam Pieces 2007–2008,
the Nightingale): from Kinderalbum, Op. 55  Grade 2 (ABRSM Publishing)
3 Rowley The Bee: from Fantasy Studies, Op. 13 
4 R. Fuchs Wiegenliedchen (Cradle Song), Op. 47 No. 7. Fuchs Children’s Pieces from Op. 32 & 47
(ABRSM Publishing)
5 Kabalevsky Little Song: from 30 Children’s Pieces, Op. 27. Short Romantic Pieces for Piano, Book 1
(ABRSM Publishing) or No. 2 from 30 Children’s Pieces, Op. 27 (new complete edition: Boosey and Hawkes/MDS)
6 Sandré You Can’t Catch Me! More Romantic Pieces for Piano, Book 1 (ABRSM Publishing)
LIST C
1 John McLeod The Temple by the Sea  Selected Piano Exam Pieces 2007–2008,
2 Donald Waxman Close to Danger: from Piano Pageant, Book 3 
Grade 2 (ABRSM Publishing)
3 Pam Wedgwood Garage Sale: from Really Easy Jazzin’ About 
4 Paul Bowles Oh! Potatoes They Grow Small over There: No. 4 from Folk Preludes (Presser/UMP or Presser/MDS)
5 Peter Maxwell Davies Snow Cloud, over Lochan. Spectrum 4: An International Collection of 66 Miniatures for Solo
Piano (ABRSM Publishing)
6 arr. Jenő Takács Satirical Song: No. 7 from From Far Away Places, Op. 111 (Universal 18042/MDS)
PLAYING AT SIGHT: a short piece in simple time, with hands together, in the key of C, G, D, A or F major,
A, E or D minor. Some accidentals, dotted and tied notes may be included. See paragraph e on page 18.
AURAL TESTS FOR THE GRADE

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Piano GR ADE 3
SCALES, ARPEGGIOS AND BROKEN CHORDS * : from memory, legato:
Scales: major and minor (melodic or harmonic at candidate’s choice):
(i) in similar motion with hands together one octave apart, and with each hand separately, in the following
keys:
A, E, B, Bb, E b majors 
 (two octaves)
B, G, C minors 

(ii) in contrary motion with both hands beginning and ending on the key-note (unison), in the keys of A and
E b majors (two octaves)
Chromatic Scales: with each hand separately, beginning on Ab, B and C (two octaves)
Arpeggios: the common chords of A, E, B, Bb and E b majors, and B, G and C minors, in root position only,
with each hand separately (two octaves)
Broken Chords: formed from the chords of G and F majors, and E and D minors, with each hand separately,
according to either of the following patterns at the candidate’s choice:
Pattern 1
R.H.

L.H. fingering and starting notes as appropriate


or Pattern 2

R.H.

L.H. fingering and starting notes as appropriate


THREE PIECES: one chosen by the candidate from each of the three Lists, A, B and C:
LIST A
1 Purcell Hornpipe  Selected Piano Exam Pieces
2 D. Scarlatti Larghetto, Kp. 34 (L.S. 7)  2007–2008, Grade 3
3 Türk Allegretto: No. 46 from 60 Handstücke für angehende Klavierspieler, Book 1  (ABRSM Publishing)
4 Handel Menuet in G minor, HWV 532. No. 5 from Handel Easy Piano Pieces and Dances (Bärenreiter BA 6578)
5 Mozart Allegro in F, K. 15a. No. 25 from Mozart 25 Early Pieces or No. 10 from A Keyboard Anthology, Second
Series, Book 2 (ABRSM Publishing)
6 Telemann Aria: 2nd movt from Partita in G, TWV 32:1. No. 2 from A Keyboard Anthology, Second Series, Book 2
or No. 33 from Baroque Keyboard Pieces, Book 1 (ABRSM Publishing)
LIST B
1 C. Franck Chant de la Creuse (Song from the Creuse): from L’organiste  Selected Piano Exam Pieces
2 H. Hofmann Waldvöglein (Little Woodland Bird): No. 15 from Skizzen, Op. 77  2007–2008, Grade 3
3 Kullak Die Wanduhr (The Clock on the Wall): No. 2 from Kinderleben, Op. 62  (ABRSM Publishing)
4 Kirchner Allegretto, poco agitato: No. 9 from Miniatures, Op. 62 (ABRSM Publishing)
5 Maikapar A Passing Thought, Op. 4 No. 1. Short Romantic Pieces for Piano, Book 2 (ABRSM Publishing)
6 Mendelssohn Romance (arr. from 2nd movt of Cello Sonata No. 1 in Bb, Op. 45). Studio 21, Vol. 1
(Universal 17954/MDS)
LIST C
1 Bartók Round Dance: No. 17 from For Children, Vol. 1  Selected Piano Exam Pieces
2 Giles Swayne Ice-Cream Van: No. 11 from Scrap-Book, Op. 16  2007–2008, Grade 3
3 Terence Greaves Bonny Bobby Bluetoe: No. 10 from Swinging Rhymes  (ABRSM Publishing)
4 Martin Butler Evening Bells. Spectrum 4: An International Collection of 66 Miniatures for Solo Piano
(ABRSM Publishing)
5 Grechaninov A Frightening Experience: No. 11 from Children’s Book, Op. 98 (ABRSM Publishing)
6 Nikki Iles Willow. Fingerprints, ed. Williams (Faber)
PLAYING AT SIGHT: a short piece in simple time in the key of C, G, D, A, E, F, Bb or E b major, A, E, B, D, G
or C minor. See paragraph e on page 18.
AURAL TESTS FOR THE GRADE
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Piano GR ADE 4
SCALES, ARPEGGIOS AND BROKEN CHORDS * : from memory, legato:
Scales: major and minor (melodic or harmonic at candidate’s choice):
(i) in similar motion with hands together one octave apart, and with each hand separately, in the following keys:
B, Bb, E b, Ab, Db majors 
 (two octaves)
C#, G#, C, F minors 

(ii) in contrary motion with both hands beginning and ending on the key-note (unison), in the keys of F and
Bb majors, and D and G harmonic minors (two octaves)
Chromatic Scales: in similar motion with hands together one octave apart, and with each hand separately,
beginning on any black key named by the examiner (two octaves)
Arpeggios:
(i) the common chords of E, B and F majors, in root position only, in similar motion with hands together one
octave apart, and with each hand separately (two octaves)
(ii) the common chords of E b, Ab and Db majors, and C#, G#, C and F minors, in root position only,
with each hand separately (two octaves)
Broken Chords: formed from the chords of B b major and G minor, with each hand separately, according to
both the following patterns:
Pattern 1

and Pattern 2

THREE PIECES: one chosen by the candidate from each of the three Lists, A, B and C:
LIST A
1 J. S. Bach Prelude in F, BWV 927: from Clavier-Büchlein vor W. F. Bach  Selected Piano Exam Pieces
2 Hook Air: No. 17 from 24 Progressive Lessons, Op. 37  2007–2008, Grade 4
3 Zipoli Preludio: from Suite No. 1 in B minor  (ABRSM Publishing)
4 G. (J. A.) Benda Presto: from Sonata in A minor. Three Czech Masters for Piano (Bärenreiter Praha H 7940/
Bärenreiter)
5 Handel Allemande: 1st movt from Suite No. 8 in G (1733 Collection), HWV 441. No. 17 from Handel Selected
Keyboard Works, Book 1 (ABRSM Publishing)
6 Hässler Allegro in E: No. 36 from 50 Pieces for Beginners, Op. 38 (ABRSM Publishing)
LIST B
1 Granados El fantasma (The Ghost): No. 8 from Cuentos de la juventud, Op. 1  Selected Piano Exam Pieces
2 Grieg Cattle-Call: No. 1 from 19 Norwegian Folksongs, Op. 66  2007–2008, Grade 4
3 Sandré Petits bateaux sur l’eau (Little Boats on the Water)  (ABRSM Publishing)
4 S. Heller Study in A minor, Op. 45 No. 2. No. 10 from Heller 20 Miscellaneous Studies (ABRSM Publishing)
5 H. Hofmann Scherzo: No. 7 from Skizzen, Op. 77. No. 6 from Hofmann 17 Miscellaneous Pieces or Short
Romantic Pieces for Piano, Book 2 (ABRSM Publishing)
6 Kullak Eröffnung des Kinderballs (Opening the Children’s Ball): No. 4 from Kinderleben, Op. 81.
Kullak Kinderleben, Opp. 62 & 81 (Peters EP 3369)
LIST C
1 Bjelinski Alarm: from On the Great Liner  Selected Piano Exam Pieces
2 Bill Readdy Bop Goes the Weasel: No. 4 from Jazz-It: Twinkle, Twinkle Jazzy Star  2007–2008, Grade 4
3 Villa-Lobos At the Bottom of My Garden: No. 1 from Practical Guide, Album 7  (ABRSM Publishing)
4 Alan Haughton Baroque and Roll: No. 1 from More Rhythm and Rag (ABRSM Publishing)
5 Trevor Hold A New Dance (‘sine nomine’). Composers Series 2: Middle Collection for Piano (Bosworth/Music
Sales)
6 Kabalevsky Dance: No. 27 from 30 Children’s Pieces, Op. 27 (new complete edition: Boosey & Hawkes/MDS)
PLAYING AT SIGHT: a short piece in simple or compound time in the key of C, G, D, A, E, F, Bb or E b major,
A, E, B, D, G or C minor. See paragraph e on page 18.
AURAL TESTS FOR THE GRADE

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Piano GR ADE 5
SCALES AND ARPEGGIOS * : from memory, legato:
Scales:
(i) in similar motion with hands together one octave apart, and with each hand separately, in all keys, major
and minor (melodic or harmonic at candidate’s choice) (three octaves)
(ii) in contrary motion with both hands beginning and ending on the key-note (unison), in the keys specified
in one of the following groups chosen by the candidate (two octaves):
Group 1: A, F majors and harmonic minors, Db major and C# harmonic minor
Group 2: D, F #, Bb majors and harmonic minors
Chromatic Scales:
(i) in similar motion with hands together one octave apart, and with each hand separately, beginning on any
note named by the examiner (three octaves)
(ii) in contrary motion with hands beginning and ending on the same note (unison), beginning on D and Ab
(two octaves)
Arpeggios: the major and minor common chords of all keys, in root position only, in similar motion with
hands together one octave apart, and with each hand separately (two octaves)
THREE PIECES: one chosen by the candidate from each of the three Lists, A, B and C:
LIST A
1 Mozart Andante in Bb, K. 15ii  Selected Piano Exam Pieces
2 D. Scarlatti Sonata in A, Kp. 74 (L. 94)  2007–2008, Grade 5
3 J. N. Hummel Scherzo in A: No. 45 from Anweisung zum Piano-forte Spiel  (ABRSM Publishing)
4 J. S. Bach (Little) Prelude No. 4 in A minor, BWV 942. J. S. Bach A Little Keyboard Book or J. S. Bach 18 Little
Preludes (ABRSM Publishing)
5 F. X. Dušek Presto: from Sonata in Bb. Three Czech Masters for Piano (Bärenreiter Praha H 7940/Bärenreiter)
6 Handel Toccata in G minor, HWV 586. No. 5 from Handel Selected Keyboard Works, Book 2 (ABRSM Publishing)
LIST B
1 J. F. F. Burgmüller La chevaleresque (The Knight Errant): No. 25 from 
Selected Piano Exam Pieces
25 études faciles et progressives, Op. 100  2007–2008, Grade 5
2 Reger Gigue: No. 9 from Zehn kleine Vortragsstücke, Op. 44 
 (ABRSM Publishing)
3 Reinecke Romance: No. 10 from Zehn Fantasiestücke, Op. 17
4 Massenet Mélodie: No. 5 from 10 pièces de genre, Op. 10. French Romantic Repertoire, Level 1, ed. Coombs (Faber)
5 Nielsen Doll’s March: No. 5 from Humorous Bagatelles, Op. 11 (ABRSM Publishing)
6 Schumann Waltz: No. 4 from Albumblätter, Op. 124. No. 7 from Schumann 16 Albumleaves from Op. 99 & 124
(ABRSM Publishing)
LIST C
1 Martha Mier Jackson Street Blues: from Jazz, Rags & Blues, Book 4  Selected Piano Exam Pieces
2 Windsperger Burlesque: No. 36 from Kleine Klavierstücke, Op. 37  2007–2008, Grade 5
3 Dejan Despić Fanfare: from Vignettes, Op. 43a  (ABRSM Publishing)
4 Mike Cornick Espagnol. Take Another Ten for piano, arr. Cornick (Universal 21171/MDS)
5 Gillock Mister Trumpet Man. No. 26 from Hello, Mister Gillock! Hello, Carl Czerny! (Breitkopf & Härtel EB 8627)
6 Gabriel Jackson October Monody. Spectrum 2: 30 Miniatures for Solo Piano (ABRSM Publishing)
PLAYING AT SIGHT: a short piece in simple or compound time in the key of C, G, D, A, E, F, Bb, E b or Ab
major, A, E, B, F #, C#, D, G, C or F minor. See paragraph e on page 18.
AURAL TESTS FOR THE GRADE

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Piano GR ADE 6
THEORY OF MUSIC, PRACTICAL MUSICIANSHIP OR SOLO JAZZ SUBJECT: Grade 5 must have been passed.

SCALES AND ARPEGGIOS * : from memory:


Scales:
(i) legato, in similar motion with hands together one octave apart, and with each hand separately, in all keys,
major and minor (both melodic and harmonic) (four octaves)
(ii) staccato, with each hand separately, in the keys specified in one of the following groups chosen by the
candidate (four octaves):
Group 1: C, A, F #, E b majors
Group 2: G, E, Bb, Db majors
(iii) legato, in contrary motion with both hands beginning and ending on the key-note (unison), in the major
and harmonic minor keys of the group chosen for (ii) above (two octaves)
(iv) staccato, in thirds with each hand separately (fingered 2 and 4) in the key of C major (two octaves)
Chromatic Scales: legato only
(i) in similar motion with hands together one octave apart, and with each hand separately, beginning on any
note named by the examiner (four octaves)
(ii) in contrary motion with hands beginning and ending on C with the L.H. and E with the R.H., a third apart
(two octaves)
Arpeggios: legato only, in similar motion with hands together one octave apart, and with each hand separately:
(i) the major and minor common chords of all keys, in root position only (four octaves)
(ii) diminished seventh chords beginning on B, C#, D# and E (three octaves)
THREE PIECES: one chosen by the candidate from each of the three Lists, A, B and C:
LIST A
1 Beethoven Larghetto maestoso–Allegro assai: 1st movt from Sonata in F minor, 
Selected Piano Exam Pieces
WoO 47 No. 2  2007–2008, Grade 6
2 Handel Gigue: 5th movt from Suite No. 4 in E minor (1720 Collection), HWV 429 
 (ABRSM Publishing)
3 Casanovas Sonata in F
4 J. S. Bach Allemande: 1st movt from French Suite No. 3 in B minor, BWV 814. J. S. Bach French Suites,
BWV 812–817 (ABRSM Publishing)
5 Bečvařovský Polonaise. Three Czech Masters for Piano (Bärenreiter Praha H 7940/Bärenreiter)
6 B. Marcello Presto: 2nd movt from Sonata in G. No. 2 from A Keyboard Anthology, Third Series, Book 4
(ABRSM Publishing)
LIST B
1 S. Heller Prelude in C# minor: No. 10 from 24 Preludes, Op. 81  Selected Piano Exam Pieces
2 Schubert Moment musical in F minor: No. 3 from Moments musicaux, D. 780  2007–2008, Grade 6
3 Suk Melodie  (ABRSM Publishing)
4 J. F. F. Burgmüller Refrain du gondolier (Gondolier’s Song), Op. 109 No. 14. More Romantic Pieces for Piano,
Book 4 (ABRSM Publishing)
5 Esplá Canción de cuna (Cradle Song): from Suite de pequeñas piezas. Esplá Música para piano (UME/Music Sales)
6 Mendelssohn Song without Words, Op. 19 No. 2. No. 2 from Mendelssohn Songs without Words or A Romantic
Sketchbook for Piano, Book 5 (ABRSM Publishing)
LIST C
1 Richard Rodney Bennett Four Calling Birds: No. 4 from Partridge Pie, Book 1  Selected Piano Exam Pieces
2 Paul Harvey Rumba Toccata  2007–2008, Grade 6
3 Lhotka-Kalinski Microforms (I–IV)  (ABRSM Publishing)
4 Avril Anderson A Story Untold. Spectrum 2: 30 Miniatures for Solo Piano (ABRSM Publishing)
5 Octavio Pinto Run, Run!: from Scenas infantis (Memories of Childhood) (Schirmer/Music Sales)
6 Prokofiev Valse: No. 6 from Musiques d’enfants, Op. 65 (Boosey & Hawkes/MDS)
PLAYING AT SIGHT: see paragraph e on page 18.

AURAL TESTS FOR THE GRADE

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Piano GR ADE 7
THEORY OF MUSIC, PRACTICAL MUSICIANSHIP OR SOLO JAZZ SUBJECT: Grade 5 must have been passed.
SCALES AND ARPEGGIOS * : from memory:
Scales: legato or staccato, as directed by the examiner:
(i) in similar motion with hands together one octave apart, and with each hand separately, in the keys
specified in one of the following groups chosen by the candidate (minors in both melodic and harmonic
forms) (four octaves):
Group 1: C, D, E, F #, Bb majors and minors, Ab major and G# minor
Group 2: G, A, B, F, E b majors and minors, Db major and C# minor
(ii) in similar motion with hands together a third apart in the major and harmonic minor keys of the group
chosen for (i) above (four octaves)
(iii) in contrary motion with both hands beginning and ending on the key-note (unison) in the major and
harmonic minor keys of the group chosen for (i) above (two octaves)
(iv) legato only, in thirds with each hand separately in the key of C major (two octaves)
(v) staccato only, in sixths with each hand separately (fingered 1 and 5) in the key of C major (two octaves)
Chromatic Scales: legato or staccato, as directed by the examiner:
(i) in similar motion with hands together one octave apart, and with each hand separately, beginning on any
note named by the examiner (four octaves)
(ii) in contrary motion with hands beginning and ending on the same note (unison), beginning on C and F#
(two octaves)
Arpeggios: legato only, in similar motion with hands together one octave apart, and with each hand separately:
(i) the major and minor common chords, in first inversion only, of the keys of the scale group chosen above
(four octaves)
(ii) dominant seventh chords, in root position only, in the keys of the scale group chosen above (three octaves)
THREE PIECES: one chosen by the candidate from each of the three Lists, A, B and C:
LIST A
1 John Loeillet Giga  Selected Piano Exam Pieces 2007–2008,
2 Beethoven Allegretto in C minor, WoO 53 (observing first repeat) 
b  Grade 7 (ABRSM Publishing)
3 W. F. Bach Polonaise No. 5 in E
4 Clementi Allegro assai: 2nd movt from Sonata in G, WO 14 (published separately: Henle 817 or Henle 817/MDS)
5 Haydn Finale (Presto): 3rd movt from Sonata in Ab, Hob. XVI/46. No. 4 from Haydn Selected Keyboard Sonatas,
Book 4 (ABRSM Publishing)
6 D. Scarlatti Sonata in C, Kp. 159 (L. 104). No. 1 from Scarlatti Nine Sonatas (ABRSM Publishing)
LIST B
1 Sibelius Landscape: No. 1 from Five Sketches, Op. 114  Selected Piano Exam Pieces
2 Smetana Album Leaf: No. 3 from Six Album Leaves, Op. 2  2007–2008, Grade 7
3 Tchaikovsky Octobre: Chant d’automne: No. 10 from Les saisons, Op. 37b  (ABRSM Publishing)
4 Bruch Swedish Dance in F minor: No. 8 from Schwedische Tänze, Op. 63 (Simrock/MDS)
5 Chopin Mazurka in Bb, Op. 7 No. 1. No. 5 from Chopin Mazurkas (Henle 264 or Henle 264/MDS or
ABRSM Publishing)
6 Schumann Träumerei (Dreaming): No. 7 from Kinderscenen, Op. 15 (ABRSM Publishing)
LIST C
1 Naji Hakim Dumia Selected Piano Exam Pieces
2 Brian Bonsor Willie Wagglestick’s Walkabout: No. 4 from Jazzy Piano 2  2007–2008, Grade 7
3 Villa-Lobos The Tide Came In: No. 2 from Practical Guide, Album 1 (observing repeat)  (ABRSM Publishing)
4 Bartók Jack-in-the-Box [Merry Andrew]: No. 139 from Mikrokosmos, Vol. 5 (new definitive edition: Boosey &
Hawkes/MDS)
5 Debussy The Little Shepherd: No. 5 from Children’s Corner Suite. No. 9 from A Keyboard Anthology, First Series,
Book 5 (ABRSM Publishing)
6 Bill Evans Time Remembered (this transcription only). Bill Evans Jazz Piano, trans. Long (Wise Publications/
Music Sales)
PLAYING AT SIGHT: see paragraph e on page 18

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Piano GR ADE 8
THEORY OF MUSIC, PRACTICAL MUSICIANSHIP OR SOLO JAZZ SUBJECT: Grade 5 must have been passed.

SCALES AND ARPEGGIOS * : from memory, in the following keys:


C, D, B, F #, F, E b majors and minors
Ab major and G# minor, Db major and C# minor
Scales: legato or staccato, as directed by the examiner:
(i) in similar motion with hands together one octave apart, and with each hand separately, in the above keys
(minors in both melodic and harmonic forms) (four octaves)
(ii) in similar motion with hands together a third apart, and a sixth apart, in the above keys (minors in
harmonic form only) (four octaves)
(iii) legato only, in thirds with each hand separately in the keys of C and Bb majors (two octaves)
Chromatic Scales: legato or staccato, as directed by the examiner:
(i) in similar motion with hands together a minor third apart, beginning on any notes named by the examiner
(four octaves)
(ii) legato only, with each hand separately, in minor thirds beginning on A#/C# (two octaves)
Arpeggios: legato only, in similar motion with hands together one octave apart, and with each hand separately:
(i) the common chords, in root position, first and second inversions, of the above keys (four octaves)
(ii) dominant seventh chords, in root position only, in the above keys (four octaves)
(iii) diminished seventh chords beginning on any note named by the examiner (four octaves)
THREE PIECES: one chosen by the candidate from each of the three Lists, A, B and C:
LIST A
1 J. S. Bach Prelude and Fugue in Ab, BWV 862: No. 17 from Das wohltemperirte  Selected Piano Exam Pieces
Clavier, Part 1  2007–2008, Grade 8
2 Mendelssohn Prelude and Fugue in D: No. 2 from Six Preludes and Fugues, Op. 35 
3 D. Scarlatti Sonata in A minor, Kp. 175 (L. 429)  (ABRSM Publishing)
4 J. S. Bach Duetto No. 3 in G, BWV 804. J. S. Bach Four Duets, BWV 802–805 (Henle 161 or Henle 161/MDS)
5 Handel Prelude and Gigue: 1st and 4th movts from Suite No. 6 in F # minor (1720 Collection), HWV 431.
Handel Eight Great Suites, Book 2 (ABRSM Publishing)
6 D. Scarlatti Sonata in E, Kp. 46 (L. 25). No. 8 from Scarlatti 60 Sonatas, Vol. 1 (Schirmer/Music Sales)
7 Shostakovich Prelude and Fugue in A, Op. 87 No. 7. Shostakovich 24 Preludes and Fugues, Op. 87, Vol. 1
(Boosey & Hawkes/MDS)
8 A. Soler Sonata in D minor (Allegretto), R. 15. No. 2 from Soler Eight Sonatas (Schott ED 9183/MDS)
LIST B
1 Clementi Allegro con spirito: 1st movt from Sonata in G minor, Op. 7 No. 3  Selected Piano Exam Pieces
2 Haydn Allegro: 1st movt from Sonata in Eb, Hob. XVI/52  2007–2008, Grade 8
3 Mozart Allegro: 1st movt from Sonata in F, K. 332 (K. 300k)  (ABRSM Publishing)
4 Beethoven Adagio cantabile–Allegro ma non troppo: 1st movt from Sonata in F #, Op. 78 (ABRSM Publishing)
5 Beethoven Allegro vivace: 1st movt from Sonata in G, Op. 31 No. 1 (ABRSM Publishing)
6 Haydn Allegro: 1st movt from Sonata in C, Hob. XVI/50 (‘English’). No. 2 from Haydn Selected Keyboard
Sonatas, Book 4 (ABRSM Publishing)
7 Mozart Allegro con spirito: 1st movt from Sonata in C, K. 309 (K. 284b) (ABRSM Publishing)
8 Schubert Allegro moderato: 1st movt from Sonata in E b, D. 568, Op. 122. No. 3b from Schubert Complete
Pianoforte Sonatas, Vol. 1 (ABRSM Publishing)

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LIST C
1 Eleanor Alberga If the Silver Bird could speak 
2 Martinů The Puppets’ Dance: No. 5 from Puppets, Book 1  Selected Piano Exam Pieces
3 Prokofiev Gavotte: No. 2 from Three Pieces from Cinderella, Op. 95
2007–2008, Grade 8
4 Ravel Mouvement de menuet: 2nd movt from Sonatine  (ABRSM Publishing)
5 Turina Vals romántico: No. 3 from Linterna mágica, Op. 101 
6 Copland Jazzy: No. 3 from Three Moods 
7 Albéniz Rumores de la caleta (Malagueña): No. 6 from Recuerdos de viaje, Op. 71. No. 12 from A Keyboard
Anthology, Third Series, Book 5 (ABRSM Publishing)
8 Bortkiewicz Prelude: No. 1 from Six Preludes, Op. 13 (Rahter/MDS)
9 Brahms Intermezzo in E (Adagio): No. 4 from Seven Fantasies, Op. 116 (ABRSM Publishing)
10 Chopin Nocturne in F minor, Op. 55 No. 1. No. 15 from Chopin Nocturnes (Henle 185 or Henle 185/MDS)
11 Debussy La sérénade interrompue: No. 9 from Préludes, Book 1 (UMP)
12 Gershwin Liza (this arrangement only). Meet George Gershwin at the Keyboard (Faber; album formerly issued
by IMP)
13 Grieg Notturno (Nocturne): No. 4 from Lyric Pieces, Book 5, Op. 54. No. 27 from Grieg 38 Pianoforte Pieces, Book 2
(ABRSM Publishing)
14 Moeran Irish Love Song: No. 1 from Two Folksong Arrangements. Moeran Collected Solo Piano Music, Vol. 2
(Thames/Music Sales)
15 Poulenc Toccata: No. 3 from Trois Pièces pour piano (Heugel/UMP)
16 Rachmaninov Prelude in F: No. 7 from 13 Preludes, Op. 32 (Boosey & Hawkes/MDS)
PLAYING AT SIGHT: see paragraph e on page 18.

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