Viola 8

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105VIOL8 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 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

Learning outcomes

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.

Prerequisites and other requirements



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:

Etudes: Johannes Palaschko, Nicollò Paganini, Jiří Herold, Henri Vieuxtemps


BRAHMS, Johannes. Sonatas in F minor and E flat major, Op. 120

Shostakovich, Dmitri. Sonata in E flat major and E flat major, Dmitri Dmitriy, Sonata in E minor, Op. 147

CLARKE, Rebecca. Sonata

SCHUBERT, Franz. Sonata in A minor

VIEUXTEMPS, Henri. Sonata

MARTINŮ, Bohuslav. Sonata

Solo sonatas:

HINDEMITH, Paul. Sonatas Op.11, No. 5 and Op. 25, No. 1

YSAŸE, Eugène. Sonata Op. 28

Khachaturian, Aram. Sonata

BACH, Johann Sebastian. Sonatas and Partitas for Violin, Suites for Cello in transcription for viola

REGER, Max. Suites for Viola in G minor, D major and E minor, Op. 131


HINDEMITH, Paul. Der Schwanendreher

BARTÓK, Béla. Concert

WALTON, William. Concert

SCHNITTKE, Alfred. Concert

MOZART, Wolfgang Amadeus. Concertante Symphony for Violin, Viola and Orchestra in E flat major (and more)

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

Evaluation methods and criteria

Conditions for attestation: active participation in classes, participation in seminars as a performer, playing before KSN teachers - 2 etudes, a sonata from the classical period or 20th century, a viola concerto from the classical period or 20th century, performance of an annual recital

Other requirements: minimum 80% attendance



Schedule for winter semester 2023/2024:

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Schedule for summer semester 2023/2024:

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