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Music: Keyboard Skills

Technical Requirements

Chart indicates the technical requirements of the grade four piano exam. For further details (tempos, note values, octaves, examples, etc.) please refer to the RCM Piano Syllabus.

 

Scales

Chords & Arpeggios

Parallel Motion

Staccato

Formula Pattern

Chromatic

Triads - broken

Triads - solid

Arpeggios

D major

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A major

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B-flat major

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E-flat major

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B minor

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F-sharp minor 

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G minor

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C minor

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List A - Baroque repertoire

Composer

Title

Source

Babell, William 

Rigadoon in A minor

Celebration series Piano repertoire, 4. 

Bach, C. P. E. 

March in D major, BWV Anh. 122

Celebration series Piano repertoire, 4. 

Bach, J. S.

English Suite no. 3 in G minor, BWV 808 Musette

Englische Suiten. M24 .B33E5 1951  Bk. A

Keyboard music: the Bach  Gesellschaft edition M22 B115 K48 1970

Bach, J. S. 

Minuet in F Maj., BWV Anh. 113

Minuet in G Maj., BWV Anh. 116

Minuet in C min., BWV Anh. 121

Minuet in D min., BWV Anh. 132 

Twenty easy pieces from the notebook for Anna Magdalena Bach : for piano solo M22 .B115N84 1980z  

Handel, G. F.

Air in D minor, HWV 461

Celebration series  Piano repertoire, 4. 

Handel, G. F.

Air in B flat major, HWV 471

HHA iv/17, 118 M3 .H23 Ser.4 Bd.17 1975  

Handel, G. F.

Sonata in G major, op. 1, no. 5, HWC 363b Boureé

HHA iv/3, 26  M3 .H23 Ser.4 Bd.3 1995 

Hassler, J. W. 

Allegro in E minor

Celebration series Piano repertoire, 4. 

Mozart, W. A. 

Minuet in D major, K 94/37h

Available online:  http://bit.ly/pZPfkR

Scarlatti, Domenico

Sonata in D minor, L423, K32

Available online:   http://bit.ly/vivy3Z

 

Telemann, Georg Philipp

Fantasia in E minor, TWV 33:21 3rd section: Trés vite

Celebration series Piano repertoire, 4. 

Telemann, Georg Philipp

Fantasia in G major, TWV 33:7 2nd section: Largo

Available online:  http://bit.ly/rVTVBY

List B - Classical repertoire

Composer

Title

Source

Beethoven, L.

Twelve German Dances, WoO13 No. 9

Available online:  http://bit.ly/t7vxru

Clementi, M.

Sonatina in G maj. Op. 36, no. 2. 2nd mvt.

Available online:   http://bit.ly/udOuCY

Six Sonatinas for Piano, op. 36 M23 C63 P76 1971

 

Clementi, M.

Sonatina in G maj. Op. 36, no. 2. 3rd mvt.

Available online:  http://bit.ly/udOuCY

Celebration series Piano repertoire, 4. 

Six Sonatinas for Piano, op. 36 M23 C63 P76 1971

Diabelli, A.

Sonatina in G maj., op. 151 no. 1

Available online: http://bit.ly/uETIxv

 

Diabelli, A.

Sonatina in F maj., op. 168, no. 1

Celebration series Piano repertoire, 4. 

Available online: http://bit.ly/vwDkax

Haydn, F. J.

Sonata in F maj., Hob. XVI:9. 3rd mvt.: Scherzo

Celebration series Piano repertoire, 4. 

Available online: http://bit.ly/s70KVb

Melertin, Erkki

Sonatina

Celebration series Piano repertoire, 4. 

Schmitt, Jacob

Sonatina in G major, op. 249, no. 2. 1st mvt.

Available online: http://bit.ly/viE4rg

 

Türk, D. G.

German Song

Celebration series Piano repertoire, 4. 

Wesley, S.

Sonatina in B flat maj., op. 4, no. 8

Celebration series Piano repertoire, 4. 

 

List C - Romantic, 20th- and 21st-century repertoire

Composer

Title

Source

Archer, Violet

Waltzing Along

Available to loan from CMC: http://bit.ly/uADFRG

Archer, Violet

Rondino

Wide Open Spaces

Available to loan from CMC: http://bit.ly/s23cNQ

Berlin, Boris

Monkeys in the Tree

Celebration series Piano repertoire, 4. 

Burgmüller, J. F. F.

Ballade, op. 100, no. 15

Available online: http://bit.ly/uSnPuF

Champagne, Claude

Petit scherzo

Available to loan from CMC: http://bit.ly/v3fmyc

Chatman, Stephen

Game of Hypnosis

Available to loan from CMC: http://bit.ly/svBdKS

Coulthard, Jean

Pleading

Four Piano Pieces M25 .C85P2

Crosby, Anna

Dreamcatcher

Celebration series Piano repertoire, 4.

Duke, David

Barcarole

Celebration series Piano repertoire, 4.

Fiala, George

Mood in Dorian Mode

Available to loan from CMC: http://bit.ly/rvtOwY

Fiala, George

Almost a Waltz

Available to loan from CMC: http://bit.ly/sHNSa8

Grechanov, A. T.

Happy Meeting

Celebration series Piano repertoire, 4.

Gurlitt, Cornelius

Dancing on the Green

Celebration series Piano repertoire, 4.

Gurlitt, Cornelius

Little Flower in F maj., op. 205, no. 8

Available online: http://bit.ly/tSUuO5

Kabalevsky, Dmitri

Chastushka, op. 89, no. 25

Celebration series Piano repertoire, 4.

Klein, Lothar

Ballet Lesson

Dots

Available to loan from CMC: http://bit.ly/ulpq4n

Lea, William

One-Two-Three O’Leary

On the Mountain Stands a Lady

Available to loan from CMC: http://bit.ly/v3fmyc

Milhaud, Darius

Les Bonbons, op. 289

L’enfant aime/A Child Loves M24 M54 E5

Muczynski, Robert

Fable, op. 21, no. 3

Celebration series Piano repertoire, 4.

Nakada, Yoshinao

A Winter Melody

Celebration series Piano repertoire, 4.

Norton, Christopher

Play it Again

Celebration series Piano repertoire, 4.

Papp, Lajos

The Rooster Crows

Celebration series Piano repertoire, 4.

Pentland, Barbara

Aubade

Music of Now, 3. MT243 P46 M8

Reubart, Dale

Thinguma Jig

Celebration series Piano repertoire, 4.

Schumann, Robert

The Wild Horseman, op. 68, no. 8

Celebration series Piano repertoire, 4.

Album für die Jugend, op. 68. M1380 S38 A5 1900

Schumann, Robert

The Happy Farmer, op. 68, no. 10

Album für die Jugend, op. 68. M1380 S38 A5 1900

Schumann, Robert

The First Loss, op. 68, no. 10

Album für die Jugend, op. 68. M1380 S38 A5 1900

Sheftel, Paul

Nocturn

Celebration series Piano repertoire, 4.

 

Szelényi, István

Changing Bars

Celebration series Piano repertoire, 4.

 

Tansman, Alexandre

Mélodie

Celebration series Piano repertoire, 4.

 

Tchaikovsky, P. I.

The Doll’s Funeral, op. 39, no. 7

Italian Song, op. 39, no. 15

Old French Song, op. 39, no. 16

Available online: http://bit.ly/sz9mec

Telfer, Nancy

Feller from Fortune

Available to loan from CMC: http://bit.ly/rTBmpa

How to use this guide

This LibGuide is intended for students who are completing the grade four piano examination requirements for MUS 160.0. Listed here are  pieces from the Royal Conservatory of Music grade four piano syllabus that are also available through the USask Library or other online sources.  Students must perform three pieces, one from list A, B, and C in addition to the technical requirements to satisfy the exam requirements.

 

For information about the keyboard skills requirements contact: 

Kathleen Solose, Professor 
Dept. of Music, University of Saskatchewan 
kathleen.solose@usask.ca

306 966 6179

 

For help finding library resources contact:

Carolyn Doi, Music Librarian

carolyn.doi@usask.ca

306 966 2433

Key Resources

Keyboard technique