Solo Repertoire Requirements

WOODWIND, BRASS AND PERCUSSION INSTRUMENTS*

 *Applications for stringed instruments will be accepted for the 2020 Bursary Competition.

 

The approved solo repertoire list has been carefully developed and is regularly reviewed by the NACO Bursary Committee. In drawing up this list the Committee has chosen pieces which, in terms of length, variety and level of difficulty, best meet the requirements of this Competition. No substitutions will be allowed. Candidates must state in writing their chosen solo repertoire from the approved list at the time of application.

In addition to the solo repertoire selections listed below, each candidate will be required to perform a selection of excerpts from the orchestral repertoire. Excerpted parts will be forwarded to candidates upon acceptance to the Competition after the closing of the application deadline.  These excerpts are an integral part of the audition; practice and study of these elements should be given as much weight as the other repertoire.

 

*Note: It is not required that repertoire be memorized.
 

Winds

Flute

Two contrasting movements, one from a concerto and one from a sonata selected from the following list:

Sonatas:

  • Bach, Johann Sebastian – Flute Sonata No. 1 in B minor, BWV 1030
  • Dutilleux, Henri – Sonatine pour flûte et piano
  • Hindemith, Paul – Sonata for Flute
  • Poulenc, Francis – Sonata for Flute
  • Prokofiev, Sergei – Flute Sonata in D Major, Op. 94
  • Taktakishvili, Otar – Sonata for Flute and Piano

Concerti:

  • Ibert, Jacques – Concerto for Flute
  • Libermann, Lowell – Concerto for Flute and Orchestra, Op. 39
  • Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus – [choose Concerto in G Major or D Major]
  • Nielsen, Carl – Concerto for Flute
  • Reinecke, Carl – Concerto for Flute
  • Rodrigo, Joaquín – Concierto pastoral

Oboe

Two contrasting movements, one from a concerto and one from a sonata selected from the following list:

Sonatas:

  • Bach, J.S. – Sonata in G minor, BWV 1020
  • Bozza, Eugene – Fantaisie pastorale, Op. 37
  • Britten, Benjamin – Six Metamorphoses after Ovid, Op. 49 (for solo oboe) (Play 3 or more movements)
  • Burge, John – Sonata Brève No. 4 (composed 2008, available from the Canadian Music Centre)
  • Dorati, Antal – Duo Concertante
  • Dorati, Antal – Five Pieces for oboe solo
  • Poulenc, Francis - Oboe Sonata
  • Saint-Saëns, Camille – Oboe Sonata in D major, Op. 166
  • Telemann, Georg Philipp – Partita No. 5 in E minor

Concerti:

  • Goossens, Eugene - Oboe Concerto (in one movement), Op. 45
  • Haydn, Joseph - Oboe Concerto in C major, Hob.VIIg:C1
  • Hummel, Johann – Introduction, Theme and Variations, Op. 102
  • Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus - Concerto for Oboe in C Major, K. 314
  • Parma, Raffaele – Pot-pourri sopra motivi dell’opera Rigoletto di Verdi
  • Pasculli, Antonio - Concerto sopra motivi dell'opera La Favorita di Donizetti
  • Strauss, Richard – Concerto for Oboe in D Major, Op. 144
  • Vaughan-Williams, Ralph – Concerto for Oboe and String Orchestra
  • Vivaldi, Antonio – Concerto in F major, RV 455

English Horn

  • Donizetti, Gaetano – Concertino for English Horn in G Major (complete) 
    OR
    Hindemith, Paul – Sonata for English Horn (complete)
  • AND Niedermaier, Teddy – Sonata for English Horn and Piano (complete)

Clarinet

Two contrasting movements, one from a concerto and one from a sonata selected from the following list:

Sonatas:

  • Brahms, Johannes – Sonatas for Clarinet, Op. 120, No. 1 or No. 2
  • Debussy, Claude – Rhapsody for Clarinet
  • Hindemith, Paul – Sonata for Clarinet in B flat Major
  • Messager, André – Solo de concours
  • Poulenc, Francis – Sonata for Clarinet and Piano
  • Rossini, Gioacchino – Introduction Theme and Variations
  • Saint-Saens, Camille – Clarinet Sonata in E flat major, Op. 167
  • Stravinsky, Igor - Three Pieces for Clarinet Solo (All movements)

Concerti:

  • Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus – Clarinet Concerto in A major, K. 622
  • Spohr, Louis – Clarinet Concerto No.1 in C minor, Op. 26
  • Weber, Carl Maria von – Clarinet Concerto No. 1 in F minor, Op. 73
  • Weber, Carl Maria von – Clarinet Concerto No. 2 in E flat major. Op. 74 

Bassoon

Two contrasting movements, one from a concerto and one from a sonata selected from the following lists:

Sonata:

  • Bitsch, Marcel – Concertino for Bassoon and Piano
  • Coulthard, Jean – Lyric Sonatina for Bassoon and Piano
  • Fasch, Johann Friedrich – Bassoon Sonata in C major
  • Saint-Saëns, Camille – Sonata for Bassoon and Piano, Op. 168 
  • Tansman, Alexandre – Sonatine for bassoon and piano

Concerti:

  • Françaix, Jean – Concerto for Bassoon and Orchestra
  • Hummel, Johann Nepomuk – Grand Concerto for Bassoon & Orchestra in F major
  • Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus – Bassoon Concerto in B flat Major, K. 191 
  • Vivaldi, Antonio – Concerto for Bassoon in E minor 

Contra-Bassoon

  • Boismortier, Joseph Bodin de – Sonata No. 5 in G Major for Bassoon and Harpsichord (one octave lower than written) 
    OR
    Vivaldi, Antonio – Bassoon Concerto No. 2 in E Minor, RV 484 (one octave lower than written)

Brass

Trumpet

Two contrasting pieces selected from the following list:

  • Arutunian, Alexander – Trumpet Concerto in A flat Major (from beginning until L, i.e. just before the muted section)
  • Balay, Guillaume – Andante and Allegretto (complete)
  • Bohme, Oskar – Concerto for Trumpet and Orchestra, Op. 18 (Allegro moderato [1st mvt], or Adagio religioso [slow section] or Rondo Allegro Scherzando [6/8 section])
  • Enesco, Georges – Legend (complete)
  • Haydn, Franz Joseph – Concerto in E flat for Trumpet and Orchestra, Hob. VII:1 (one movement)
  • Hindemith, Paul – Sonata for Trumpet and Piano (one movement)
  • Hummel, Johann Nepomuk – Concerto for Trumpet and Orchestra in E flat (one movement)
  • Kennan, Kent – Sonata for Trumpet and Piano (one movement)
  • Stevens, Halsey – Sonata for Trumpet and Piano (one movement)
  • Takemitsu, Toru - Paths

French Horn

Two contrasting pieces selected from the following list:

  • Beethoven, Ludwig van – Sonata for French Horn and Piano in F Major, Op. 17 (one movement)
  • Dukas, Paul – Villanelle (complete)
  • Heiden, Bernhard – Concerto for Horn and Orchestra (one movement)
  • Hindemith, Paul – Horn Sonata (one movement)
  • Larsson, Lars-Erik – Twelve Concertinos, Op. 45 (one movement)
  • Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus – [choose from Horn Concerti Nos. 1 – 4] (one movement)
  • Strauss, Franz – Nocturno Op. 7
  • Strauss, Richard – Horn Concerto No. 1 in E flat Major, Op. 11 (one movement)

Trombone

Two contrasting pieces selected from the following list:

  • Albrechtsberger, Johann Georg – Concerto in B flat for Alto Trombone (one movement)
  • David, Ferdinand – Concertino for Trombone in E flat Major, Op. 4 (from the beginning to the downbeat of rehearsal letter D)
  • Gröndahl, Launy – Concerto for Trombone (one movement)
  • Hindemith, Paul – Sonata for Trombone and Piano (one movement)
  • Larsson, Lars-Erik – Concertino for Trombone and String Orchestra, Op. 45, No. 7 (one movement)
  • Milhaud, Darius – Concertino d'hiver, Op. 327, for trombone and string orchestra (one movement)
  • Sulek, Stjepan – Sonata (Vox Gabrieli) (complete)
  • Tomasi, Henry – Concerto for Trombone and Orchestra (one movement)

Bass Trombone

Two contrasting pieces selected from the following list:

  • Defaye, Jean-Michel – Deux Dances (arr. Knaub) (one movement)
  • Ewazen, Eric – Concerto for Bass Trombone and Orchestra (one movement)
  • George, Thom Ritter – Concerto for Bass Trombone and Orchestra (one movement)
  • Hidas, Frigyes – Rhapsody for Bass Trombone and Band (complete)
  • Lebedev, Alexander – Concerto in One Movement (one movement)
  • McCarty, Patrick – Sonata for Bass Trombone (one movement)
  • Spillman, Robert – Concerto for Bass Trombone (one movement)
  • Wilder, Alec – Sonata for Bass Trombone (one movement)

Tuba

Two contrasting pieces selected from the following list:

  • Broughton, Bruce – Sonata for Tuba (one movement)
  • Gregson, Edward – Concerto for Tuba (one movement)
  • Koetsier, Jan – Concertino for Tuba and Strings (one movement)
  • Lebedev, Anton – Concerto in One Movement for Tuba (complete)
  • Newton, Rodney – Capriccio for Tuba (complete)
  • Plau, Arild – Concerto for Tuba (one movement)
  • Plog, Anthony - Three Miniatures for Tuba (complete)
  • Vaughan-Williams, Ralph – Concerto for Tuba (1st and 2nd movements)
  • Williams, John – Concerto for Tuba (one movement)

Timpani**

**Timpani and Percussion are considered separate categories; candidates must compete on either timpani only vs. percussion (i.e. mallet keyboard instruments and snare drum).

Candidates must prepare both of the following solos:

  • Freer, Tom – Étude #1 [for preliminary round of NACO Bursary Competition only]
  • Delecuse, Jacques – Étude #30 from Trente Études Book Three [for Finals of NACO Bursary Competition only]

Percussion**

** Timpani and Percussion are considered separate categories; candidates must compete on either timpani only vs. percussion (i.e. mallet keyboard instruments and snare drum).

Mallet Keyboard Solos

Play both of the following:

  • Druckman, Jacob – II. Fleet from Reflections on the Nature of Water [for preliminary round of NACO Bursary Competition only]
  • Bach, J.S. – Gigue from Suite #1 in E minor for Lute, no repeats (on marimba) [for Finals of NACO Bursary Competition only]

Snare Drum Solos

Candidates must prepare both of the following solos:

  • Tompkins, Joseph – Walkin’ Down Coolidge [for preliminary round of NACO Bursary Competition only]
  • Peters, Mitchell – Étude #1 from Hard Times [for Finals of NACO Bursary Competition only]

Contact Us

For further information about the NAC Orchestra Bursary Competition, please contact the National Arts Centre Music Education Office:

Email: bursary@nac-cna.ca
Telephone: 613-947-7000, ext. 568
Fax: 613-992-5225

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