Piano Grades 5-3Improvisation

10 minutes are allotted for preview of improvisation (a) and (b) in a separate room.
Candidates are not allowed to write or play during preview of the improvisation examination.

(a)Variation

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Contents & Level
  • A melody of about 16 bars with chord names and chord numbers is given.
  • Chords may include:
    I, IV, II, V, V7, simple secondary dominants.
    In minor keys, V7- I of relative major is included.
  • The chords are indicated in root position except II6(1st inversion) and I64(2nd inversion). Candidates may use inversions if necessary.
  • A melody of about 16 bars is given.
  • Chords include secondary triads and secondary dominants.
  • A melody of about 16 bars is given.
  • The melody will include a temporary modulation.
Procedure
  • Play the theme first with an appropriate accompaniment using the given chord numbers/chord names.
  • Then, improvise two variations. (Make the whole performance a complete "theme and variations" piece.)
  • Play the theme first. Since there is no indication of chord names or chord numbers, candidates must play the theme providing appropriate harmony.
  • Then, improvise two variations (Make the whole performance a complete "theme and variations" piece.)
Points of Evaluation
  1. The ability to provide accompaniment.
  2. The ability to improvise variation.
  1. The ability to provide accompaniment and harmony.
  2. The ability to improvise variations.

(b)Motive Improvisation

  Grade 5 Grade 4 Grade 3
Contents & Level 3 motives of a level similar to that of the example shown on Example pageopen new window. 3 motives of a level similar to that of the example shown on Example pageopen new window. 3 motives of a level similar to that of the example shown on Example pageopen new window.
Procedure
  • Candidates are to choose one motif out of the three given motives.
  • Improvize the motif into a complete piece in song form or any other form.
    • Ex. Sonatina, Sonata, Rondo, etc.
Points of Evaluation
  • The ability to improvise from the chosen motif:
    • with a natural flow of melody and harmony
    • with an appropriate form