Harp 8

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105HARF8 exam 10 2 exercise hours (45 min) of instruction per week, 229 to 279 hours of self-study English, Czech summer

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Learning outcomes of the course unit

The student has a comprehensive knowledge of global as well as national repertoire and demonstrates a high level of ability in creating and delivering seamless musical experiences and interpretations.

The student realizes music at a high professional level (technically and interpretatively masterful expression), expressing his/her own artistic concepts at the level of a developed musical personality.

The student possesses sophisticated craft skills in relation to repertoire, style, genre, etc.

The student masters healthy psychological habits, including concentration and relaxation techniques, associated with public performance of music.

The student demonstrates breadth and/or depth of expertise and demonstrates proficiency in a variety of styles and/or has a distinctive and individual expression in one particular style.

Mode of study


Prerequisites and co-requisites


Course contents

Learning objectives:

In this semester, the teacher approaches the student as an expressive musical personality who has no apparent problems in playing the instrument. The student's own creativity, precise fingering technique, quality of tone and intonation are pushed ever higher with the aim of achieving perfect performance of as many pieces as possible, especially from the repertoire of international competitions. The inclination of some students to interpret works by contemporaries and use experimental instrumental technique is accepted. The course is based on the most demanding requirements for the student's preparation. Compositions are chosen to be as technically and interpretatively challenging as possible. In connection with the choice of repertoire, an interesting thesis topic is also often chosen, which would eruditely complement and develop existing knowledge of the field.

Thematic areas:

  1. Maximum development and improvement of the student's strengths, especially in the field of tonal culture and his/her own musicality
  2. The search for new interpretations of modern compositional language in relation to modern techniques of playing musical instruments
  3. Psychological issues of stage performance, concentration and relaxation
  4. Study of competition and concert repertoire
  5. Choosing the topic of the Master´s thesis

Recommended or required reading

Instructions for the selection of pieces, their rehearsal and performance will be specified by the teacher with regard to the individual abilities and talents of each student.

Example repertoire:


SCHMIDT, Eric. Etudes 4-5

SALZEDO, Carlos. Studies

Works for solo harp:

SANCAN, P. Variations

PARISH-ALVARS, Elias. Fantasia

FAURÉ, Gabriel. Impromptu

CHAYKOVSKY, Petr Ilyich. Seasons

BACH, Johann Sebastian. Partita, Suites

SCARLATTI, Domenico. Sonatas (selection slow and fast)

HAYDN, Joseph. Sonatas

CASELLA, Alfredo. Sonata 2nd - 3rd movement and others

SMETANA, Bedřich. Vltava


KRUMPHOLZ, Jan Křtitel. Concerto No. 3

GINASTERA, Alberto. Concerto for Harp, 2nd - 3rd movements

BOIELDIEU, Francois Adrien. Concerto for Harp, 2nd - 3rd movements

PARISH-ALVARS, Elias. Concertino


Additional study literature will be specified by the instructor based on the student's talent, skills, and professional interest or the teacher's specialisation.

Assessment methods and criteria

Requirements for attestation: active participation in teaching, performance of an annual recital, participation in seminars as a performer, final examination before a committee of KSN teachers

Two etudes of different character

Two solo pieces of different styles (one in sonata form) from the prescribed repertoire

One concerto from the prescribed repertoire

Other requirements: minimum 80% attendance



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