Sample Audition Repertoire: Piano

Candidates should prepare a 15-minute audition consisting of three works of contrasting style/period (at the minimum Grade 9 level) that demonstrate their technical skill and musical understanding.

Repertoire may be drawn from lists published by the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto or Conservatory Canada (or similar institutions). There is a wide range of repertoire and the following selections are just some examples:

Baroque

  • J. S. Bach: Sinfonia (3-part invention) Prelude and Fugue from the Well-Tempered Clavier
  • Daquin: Le coucou

Viennese-style sonata (one or two movements)

  • Haydn: Sonata (one or two movements), e.g. Hob XVI/13, 23, 34 or 37
  • Mozart: Sonata (one or two movements), e.g. K. 283 or K. 570
  • Beethoven: Sonata (one movement), e.g. op. 79 Variations, e.g. in G major, WoO77

Romantic

  • Chopin: Nocturne, e.g. op. 32, no. 1 or op. 70 nos. 1 or 3 Waltz, e.g. op. 64, no. 2 or 3, or op. 70, no. 1 or 3 Mazurka, e.g. op. 6, no. 1 or op. 68, no. 1 Prelude(s), e.g. op. 28, no. 15
  • Schumann: Fantasy Pieces, op. 12, no. 1 or 4

20th century

  • Ibert: The Little White Donkey
  • Debussy: Prelude, e.g. La Fille aux cheveux de lin Canope
  • Kabalevsky: Six Variations on a Ukrainian Folk Song, op. 51, no. 5
  • Ravel: Menuet (Tombeau de Couperin)

Canadian

  • Fiala: Sonatina
  • Morel: Ronde enfantine
  • P├ępin: The nose
  • Wuensch: Prelude (Mini-Suite no. 1 or 2)

This is a guide only. Teachers preparing students for an audition should use discretion and make appropriate choices that best reflect the candidate's level, achievement and strengths.

There will also be a sight-reading component to the audition.