Fryderyk Chopin University of Music / Instrumental Studies Department

INSTRUMENTAL STUDIES - Early Music - Historical Double-bass, first-cycle

Level of study: first-cycle Form of study: full-time Education profile: og√≥lnoakademicki Duration: 3 years

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from 2020-05-01 to 2020-05-31 23:59:00




The studies are addressed to musically talented candidates who have a secondary school-leaving examination certificate and want to continue their music education and develop historical instrument playing skills. When taking tests for the freshmen year candidates should have instrument playing skills at the secondary music school level (but a diploma of completion of such a school is not necessary) and a general knowledge of music. Upon completion of these studies graduates are qualified instrumentalist musicians: soloists and chamber musicians.

Admission rules

The enrolment procedure is competitive and its results are public.


  • instrument – performing the prepared programme from memory – sending an audio-video recording
  • ear training – online test (using the ZOOM app)
  • a prima vista reading – online test (using the ZOOM app)

Scope of material 

  • instrument - entrance examination - 20 minutes
    • J.S. Bach -  2 contrasting movements from suite for solo cello (transcription)
    • A. Vivaldi - 2 contrasting movements from sonata for solo cello and basso continuo RV 40-47 (transcription)

Works shoul be performed on an orchestra double-bass (E-A-d-g), tuned  415Hz or 440Hz with piano or harpsichord accompaniment.

  • a prima vista reading – performing the pieces as selected by the committee,
  • ear training:
    • perception of intervals, triads and four note chords,
    • music memory and imagination test,
    • analysis of polyphonic melodic and harmonic passages,
    • singing at sight,
    • rendering of rhythmic passages

Exceptions from admission procedure

Prize winners and finalists of artistic “Olympics” competitions at the central level will be exempt from the enrolment procedure from the subjects the competition pertained to. In such a case they obtain the highest number of points for these given subjects.

Date of exams

06.07.2020 - 10.07.2020 (on-line)