Composition Department

Degrees

Information about preparing for the Oral Qualifying Exam

Rev. 1/93, 9/94, 1/07

During the oral examination students will be questioned by their committee (both major and minor field representatives) in the five areas outlined below; students will be expected to demonstrate the following:

I. Comprehensive knowledge of composers and their works, stylistic movements, trends, developments, etc., since 1950. Students should also be conversant with current trends and developments (1970 to the present).
II. Broad, generalized information about:
A. Major 20th-century composers from 1900 to 1950
B. Developments prior to 1900
1. Styles and forms

2. Development and evolution in various media and genres
a. Orchestral literature and concerti b. Solo and chamber literature
c. Opera and ballet
d. Song and choral literature

III. An awareness and understanding of the influences on and direction of the student's own music; personal creative vision, etc.
IV. Knowledge in great detail of six works written prior to the twentieth century (see directions and list below).
V. Knowledge in great detail of six works written since 1900 (see directions and list on pages 3 and 4).


All five categories are of equal importance. In categories IV and V, "in great detail" is meant to indicate thorough knowledge of each selected composition.


TO SUBMIT YOUR REPERTOIRE LIST:
  1. Prepare a clear presentation of your repertoire list. Include the full title and composer name of each piece. Include the dates of both the composer and the work (if known). Arrange the list in chronological order. The list should include your name and major at the top.  NOTE:  For the post-1900 works,  include the categories in your list (Ex: " opera: Wozzeck (1922), Alban Berg (1885-1935)")
  2. Send the list in the body of an e-mail to all members of your advisory committee asking for their approval.
  3. Ask the committee chair to forward your repertory list to the doctoral clerk (musdoc@indiana.edu) with her or his approval.


IV. Music Prior to the Twentieth Century

Know in great detail six (6) compositions selected from the list below. Substitution of a work of similar dimensions requires approval by all members of the major field committee.

If you choose a work by one of the following composers, do 
 not choose a work by the other composer in the pair, for reasons of style and genre: Bach or Handel; Beethoven or Schubert; Mozart orHaydn; Verdi or Wagner.

J. S. Bach (1685-1750) 
Mass in B minor
St. Matthew Passion
Goldberg Variations
Brandenburg Concerto (1 of the 6) 
Any 3 preludes and fugues from WTC I or 
II

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827) 
Any 1 of the 9 symphonies
Piano Sonata, Op. 57, 106, 109, 110 or 111
String Quartet, Op. 59 through 135 (one 
only)
Fidelio
Missa Solemnis

Hector Berlioz (1803-1869) 
Les Troyens
Symphonie fantastique
Harold en Italie

Johannes Brahms (1833-1897) 
Any 1 of the 4 symphonies
Violin Concerto, Op. 77
Either piano concerto, Op. 15 or Op. 83
Variations on a Theme by Handel, Op. 24

Frédéric Chopin (1810-1849) 
Preludes, Op. 28 (all)
Etudes, Op. 10 or Op. 25 (all)
Any 1 of the 4 Ballades

Claude Debussy (1862-1918) 
Pelléas et Mélisande
Nocturnes

G. F. Handel (1685-1759) 
Xerxes (Serse)
Semele
Messiah

Joseph Haydn (1732-1809) 
Any symphony from No. 99 on
Any string quartet from Op. 76 on

Gustav Mahler (1860-1911) 
Symphony No. 1, 2 or 3

Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847) 
Symphony No. 3, 4 or 5
Violin Concerto, Op. 64

Claudio Monteverdi (1567-1643) 
L'Incoronazione di Poppea
Il Ritorno d'Ulisse in patria
Orfeo
Madrigals, Book 5 or 6
W. A. Mozart (1756-1791) 
Symphony No. 35, 39, 40 or 41
String Quartet K.464, 465 or 499
Piano Concerto K.491
Don Giovanni
Le Nozze di Figaro
Così fan tutte
Die Zauberflöte

Modest Mussorgsky (1839-1881) 
Boris Godunov

Giacomo Puccini (1858-1924) 
Tosca
La Bohème
Manon Lescaut

Franz Schubert (1797-1828)
Symphony No. 9 
Die Winterreise
Schwanengesang
Die schöne Müllerin

Robert Schumann (1810-1856)
Carnaval, Op. 9
Dichterliebe, Op. 48

Richard Strauss (1864-1949) 
Don Juan
Till Eulenspiegels lustige Streiche
Also sprach Zarathustra
Don Quixote

Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1940-1893) 
Symphony No. 4, 5 or 6
Swan Lake
Sleeping Beauty
Eugene Onegin
Pique dame (Queen of Spades)

Giuseppe Verdi (1813-1901)
Otello
Falstaff
Aida
La Traviata
Macbeth
Rigoletto

Richard Wagner (1813-1883) 
Tristan und Isolde
Die Meistersinger
Parsifal
Any opera from Der Ring des Nibelungen

Carl Maria von Weber (1786-1826) 
Der Freischütz
  
V. Music since 1900

Know in great detail six (6) compositions selected from the lists below, three (3) from each of the two periods delineated. Substitution of a work of similar dimensions requires approval by all members of the major field committee.

The six works should encompass all of the following media: 1) symphony or concerto; 2) opera; 3) chamber music; 4) solo instrumental; 5a) chorus and orchestra, OR 5b) ballet; 6) free choice approved by the committee (ensemble, chorus, electronic, etc.) NOTE: Include categories in your list (Ex: " opera: Wozzeck (1922), Alban Berg (1885-1935)")

1900-1959
Milton Babbitt (b. 1916) 
Three Compositions for Piano (1947) 

Samuel Barber (1910-1981) 
String Quartet, Op. 11 (1936) 
Knoxville: Summer of 1915, Op. 24 (1947) 
Sonata for Piano, Op. 26 (1949) 

Béla Bartók (1881-1945) 
string quartets:  1. (1908)/2. (1917)/ 
3. (1927)/4. (1928)/5. (1934)/6. (1939) 
Concerto for Orchestra (1943) 
Music for Strings, Percussion and Celesta (1937) 
Miraculous Mandarin (1919) 
Bluebeard's Castle (1918) 

Alban Berg (1885-1935) 
Four Pieces for Clarinet and Piano, Op.5 (1913)
Wozzeck (1922) 
Lyric Suite (1926) 
Violin Concerto (1935) 

Pierre Boulez (b. 1925) 
Piano Sonata No. 2 (1948)
Le Marteau sans maître (1955) 
Structures, Book I or II (1952/61) 

Benjamin Britten (1913-1976)
Peter Grimes (1945)
Serenade for Tenor, Horn, and Strings (1943) 

John Cage (1912-1992)
Sonatas and Interludes (1948) 

Elliott Carter (b. 1908) 
string quartets:  1. (1951)/ 2. (1959) 
Variations for Orchestra (1955) 

Aaron Copland (1900-1990)
Piano Variations (1930)
Appalachian Spring (1944) 
Symphony No. 3 (1946) 
Dance Panels (1959)
Piano Fantasy (1957) 

Claude Debussy (1862-1918) 
La Mer (1905) 
Images (orchestra) (1912) 
Jeux (1913) 

Paul Hindemith (1895-1963)
Mathis der Maler Symphony (1934)
Das Marienleben, Op. 27 (1923)
Symphony in Bb major, for band (1951)

Arthur Honegger (1892-1955) 
Pacific 231 (1923) 

Charles Ives (1874-1954) 
Symphony No. 4 (1916) 
Three Places in New England (1914)

Leos Janácek (1854-1928)
Sinfonietta (1926) 
Glagolitic Mass (1927) 

Witold Lutoslawski (1913-1994)
Concerto for Orchestra (1954) 

Gustav Mahler (1860-1911) 
Symphony No. 4 (1900), 5 (1902), 6 (1904), 7 (1905), 8 (1907), or 9 (1909) 
Kindertotenlieder (1904) 
Das Lied von der Erde (1909) 

Olivier Messiaen (1908-1992) 
Quatuor pour la fin du temps (1941) 
Turangalîla-symphonie (1948) 
Oiseaux exotiques (1956)
Darius Milhaud (1892-1953) 
La Création du monde (1923)
Serge Prokofiev (1892-1953)
Piano Concerto No. 3, Op. 26 (1921) 
Symphony No. 5, Op. 100 (1944) 
Romeo and Juliet, Op. 64 (1936) 

Maurice Ravel (1875-1937) 
Daphnis et Chloé (1912) 

George Rochberg (1918-2005) 
Serenata d'estate (1955)

Arnold Schoenberg (1874-1951) 
Three Pieces for Piano, Op. 11 (1909)
Five Pieces for Orchestra, Op. 16 (1909) 
Erwartung, Op. 17 (1909) 
Pierrot Lunaire, Op. 21 (1912) 
Moses und Aron (1932) 
String Quartet No. 4 (1936) 

Ruth Crawford Seeger (1901-1953) 
String Quartet (1931)

Dmitri Shostakovitch (1906-1975) 
Symphony No. 7, Op. 60 (1941)
Lady Macbeth (1932) 

Karlheinz Stockhausen (b. 1928) 
Klavierstück XI (1956) 
Zyklus (1959)
Richard Strauss (1864-1949)
Elektra (1909) 
Salome 
(1905) 

Igor Stravinsky (1882-1971) 
Petrushka (1911) 
Le Sacre du printemps (1913) 
L'Histoire du soldat (1918) 
Symphony of Psalms (1930) 
Les Noces (1923) 
Symphony in Three Movements (1945) 
Rake's Progress (1951)
Agon(1957) 
Threni (1958)

Edgard Varèse (1883-1965) 
Hyperprism (1923) 
Octandre (1923) 
Ionisation (1931) 
Density 21.5 (1936)

Anton Webern (1883-1945) 
Six Pieces for Orchestra, Op. 6 (1910) 
Five Pieces for Orchestra, Op. 10 (1913)
Symphony, Op. 21 (1928)
Concerto, Op. 24 (1934) 
Variations for Orchestra, Op. 30 (1940) 
Cantata II, Op. 31 (1943) 
 

1960 - present

John Adams (b. 1947) 
Shaker Loops (1977) 
Harmonielehre (1985) 
Nixon in China (1987) 
Violin Concerto (1993) 
El Nino (2000) 

Thomas Adès (b. 1971) 
Powder Her Face (1995) Louis Andriessen (b. 1939) 
De Staat (1974) 
De Stijl from De Materie (1988) 

Luciano Berio (1925-2003) 
Circles (1960) 
LaborintusII (1963) 
Sinfonia (1969)
any Sequenza (1958-2002)

Harrison Birtwistle (b. 1934) 
Punch and Judy (1967) 
Silbury Air (1977) 
Secret Theatre (1984)

William Bolcom (b. 1938) 
McTeague (1992) 

Pierre Boulez (b. 1925) 
Sur Incises (1998) 

Benjamin Britten (1913-1976) 
War Requiem (1961) 
Suite 1, 2 or 3 for solo cello (1964/67/71)
Death in Venice (1973)

Elliott Carter (b. 1908)
string quartets - 3. (1971)/4. (1986)/5. (1995) 
Night Fantasies (1980)
A Mirror on Which to Dwell (1975) 
Double Concerto (1961) 

Aaron Copland (1900-1990) 
Connotations (1962)
Inscape (1967) 

John Corigliano (b. 1938) 
Symphony No. 1 (1988) 
Ghosts of Versaille (1991) 
String Quartet (1995)

George Crumb (b. 1929)
Black Angels (1970) 
Songs, Drones, and Refrains of Death (1968) 
Zeitgeist (1988) 
Makrokosmos, Book I, II, III or IV (1972/73/74)
Echoes of Time and the River (1967) 

Peter Maxwell Davies (b. 1934)
Taverner (1975) 
Eight Songs for a Mad King (1969)

Jacob Druckman (1928-1996) 
Lamia (1975) 
Windows (1972)

Morton Feldman (1926-1987)
Rothko Chapel (1971) 

Alberto Ginastera (1916-1983) 
Piano Concerto No. 1 (1961) 
Cantata para América mágica (1960)

Philip Glass (b. 1937) 
Einstein on the Beach (1976) 
Satyagraha (1980) 
Glassworks (1982)

Osvaldo Golijov (b. 1960) 
La pasión según San Marcos (2000)

Henryk Górecki (b. 1933)
Symphony No. 3. 'Symphony of Sorrowfull Songs' (1976) 

Sofia Gubaidulina (b. 1931)
Offertorium (1980)
Stimmen...Verstummen (1986)

Hans Werner Henze (b. 1926) 
Elegy for Young Lovers (1961)

Jennifer Higdon (b. 1962) 
Concerto for Orchestra (2002)
Karel Husa (b. 1921) 
Music for Prague (1969) 
Concerto for Orchestra (1986) 

Barbara Kolb (b. 1939) 
Soundings (1978)

György Ligeti (1923-2006) 
Atmosphères (1961) 
Lontano (1967)
Chamber Concerto (1970) 
Etudes for Piano, Book I (1985) 
Piano Concerto (1988) 
Horn Trio (1982) 

Witold Lutoslawski (1913-1994) 
Jeux venitiens (1961) 
String Quartet (1964)
Livre pour orchestre (1968) 
Symphony No. 3 (1983) 
Piano Concerto (1988) 

Olivier Messiaen (1908-1992)
Chronochromie (1960) 
Et expecto resurrectionem mortuorum (1964)
Saint François d'Assise (1983) 

Thea Musgrave (b. 1928) 
Night Music (1968)

Arvo Pärt (b. 1935) 
Fratres for chamber ensemble (1976)
Tabula Rasa (1977)

Krzysztof Penderecki (b. 1933) 
Threnody to the Victims of Hiroshima (1960) 
St. Luke's Passion (1965)

Shulamit Ran (b. 1949) 
Symphony (1990)

Bernard Rands (b. 1934) 
Canti Lunatici (1980) 
Canti del Sole (1984) 
Canti d-Eclisse (1992) 

Steve Reich (b. 1936) 
The Desert Music (1984) 
Different Trains (1988) 
Tehillim (1981) 
Music of 18 musicians (1976)

George Rochberg (1918-2005)
String Quartet No. 3 (1972)

Kaija Saariaho (b. 1952)
Du Cristal (1990) 
L'amour de loin (2000)

Joseph Schwantner (b. 1943) 
...and the mountains rising nowhere (1977) 
Aftertones of Infinity (1979) 

Karlheinz Stockhausen (b. 1928) 
Kontakte (1960) 
Momente (1969)

Igor Stravinsky (1882-1971) 
Requiem Canticles (1966) 

Toru Takemitsu (1930-1996) 
November Steps (1967) 

Joan Tower (b. 1938)
Silver Ladders (1986)

Melinda Wagner (b. 1957)
Flute Concerto (1998)

George Walker (b. 1922) 
Address, for orchestra (1959) 
Violin Sonata No. 2 (1979) 

Ellen Taaffe Zwilich
Symphony No. 1 (1982)