Grades 6-7

Mark Tanner is greatly to be congratulated on

such a valuable contribution to the repertoire.”

EPTA PIANO PROFESSIONAL, 2012

Mark Tanner is greatly to be congratulated on

such a valuable contribution to the repertoire.”

EPTA PIANO PROFESSIONAL, 2012

A RECENT PIANO RECITAL AT WIGMORE HALL, LONDON, IN WHICH MARK PERFORMED PREMIERES BY SIX COMPOSERS: (left to right)

COLIN DECIO, PHILIP MARTIN, MARK TANNER, PAUL 'HARRY' HARRIS,

JOHN MCLEOD, GRAHAM LYNCH

A RECENT PIANO RECITAL AT WIGMORE HALL, LONDON, IN WHICH MARK PERFORMED PREMIERES BY SIX COMPOSERS: (left to right)

COLIN DECIO, PHILIP MARTIN, MARK TANNER, PAUL 'HARRY' HARRIS,

JOHN MCLEOD, GRAHAM LYNCH

A RECENT PIANO RECITAL AT WIGMORE HALL, LONDON, IN WHICH MARK PERFORMED PREMIERES BY SIX COMPOSERS: (left to right)

COLIN DECIO, PHILIP MARTIN, MARK TANNER, PAUL 'HARRY' HARRIS,

JOHN MCLEOD, GRAHAM LYNCH

"A valuable contribution to the repertoire.”

EPTA PIANO PROFESSIONAL, 2012

"A valuable contribution to the repertoire.”

EPTA PIANO PROFESSIONAL, 2012

"A valuable contribution to the repertoire.”

EPTA PIANO PROFESSIONAL, 2012

"A valuable contribution to the repertoire.”

EPTA PIANO PROFESSIONAL, 2012

KNOW THE SCORE (CLARINET)

COMPOSITIONS

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BACKGROUND MUSIC PLAYLIST

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DipABRSM (Quick Studies Practice Examples & Guides)

7. Clarinet Cocktail

8. Parrot Fashion

Without Guides

9. A Winter’s Tale

10. March of the Malevolent Elephants

11. Renaissance Dance

12. A Homage to Haydn

13. Carnival

14. The Centipede

15. Bees

KNOW THE SCORE (PIANO) KNOW THE SCORE (FLUTE)

KNOW THE SCORE (CLARINET) CONTAINS:

With Guides

1. The Cantankerous Clarinet

2. Asleep under the Jacaranda Tree

3. Double-Quick March

4. Chalumeau

5. Klezmer

6. Hobgoblin

KNOW THE SCORE (CLARINET)

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THE 'KNOW THE SCORE' SERIES

Prospective DIpABRSM candidates will quickly discover that there is, as yet, little hands-on help available with regard to the Quick Study. In contrast with this, exemplar material for the sight-reading component of the graded exams seems more than generously catered for. Candidates understand that the level of the Quick Study will be roughly that of grade six, but in reality, ‘standard’ pieces by Weber, Finzi, or even Lutoslowski, simply aren’t likely to conform to the criteria suitable for their employment in a diploma. It is partly for this reason that exam boards commission new pieces for use in tests of this sort, but also of course, to ensure that candidates don’t encounter a familiar piece in the exam room!

There are no trade secrets in this book, just good, solid advice and plenty of practice pieces to cut your teeth on. Examiners work with their eyes and ears open, measuring the quality of candidates’ performances alongside the score in front of them. They are hoping to hear confident, fluent (but not necesssarily note perfect) performances, which demonstrate a reasonably consistent awareness of the style and character in the music. Their underlying motivation is to pass candidates, not to fail them, and as such they keep an open mind until the last note is sounded. As with any skill, regular, thoughtful practice is the key to improvement. Although the Quick Study might in some ways be a logical extension of the sight-reading test, there are several key differences, both as regards the minimum standard of performance and underlying complexity/length of the musical text. Retaking the Quick Study is a thoroughly dispiriting experience, so why go into the exam room unprepared?

Get to grips with this book and your diligence will repay you.

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