Your oboe grade 7 ABRSM exam will be marked out of 150 and you will need a total of 100 marks to Pass, 120 marks for a Merit and 130 marks for a Distinction.  The exam comprises of four main areas:


    In your exam you are required to play three pieces (worth up to 30 marks each), one from each of the three lists, A, B and C below:

    LIST A

    1. J. S. Bach Adagio or Allegro: 2nd or 3rd movt from Sonata for flute in G minor, BWV 1020 (Bärenreiter BA 8170)
    2. Cimarosa, arr. Benjamin Introduzione and Allegro, or Introduzione and Allegro giusto: 1st and 2nd movts, or 1st and 4th movts from Concerto (Boosey & Hawkes)
    3. Donizetti Solo in F minor (Musica Rara MR 2277)
    4. Fasch Allegro: 1st movt from Concerto in G minor (Sikorski–Music Sales SIK0240K)
    5. Handel Grave and Allegro: 2nd and 3rd movts from Sonata in Bb, HWV 357 (Fitzwilliam) (Schott ED 10403) or Handel Complete Sonatas for Oboe (Bärenreiter BA 4260) or Handel The Three Authentic Oboe Sonatas (Nova NM100)
    6. G. Sammartini Andante and Allegro: 1st and 2nd movts from Sonata in G, Op. 13 No. 4 (Schott OBB 20)
    7. Telemann Siciliana and Spirituoso, or Andante and Vivace: 1st and 2nd movts, or 3rd and 4th movts from Sonata in A minor, TWV 41:a3. Telemann Sonatas and Pieces from ‘Der getreue Musikmeister’ (Bärenreiter HM 7)
    8. Vivaldi Allegro non molto: 1st movt from Concerto in A minor, RV 461 (Schott OBB 24)
    9. Walmisley Allegro moderato: 2nd movt from Sonatina No. 1 in Bb. Walmisley Two Sonatinas (Edition HH)

    LIST B

    1. Copland Laurie’s Song (from The Tender Land). Copland for Oboe, arr. Hilliard (Boosey & Hawkes: piano accomp. published separately)
    2. Madeleine Dring Italian Dance (Weinberger)
    3. Grabert Allegro moderato or Adagio: 1st or 2nd movt from Sonata in G minor, Op. 52 (Simrock EE3008)
    4. Paul Hart The Lark’s Landscape or Haydn to Nothing. Star Pieces, Vol. 1 (Forton Music FM166)
    5. Harty Chansonette: from Three Miniatures (Stainer & Bell H330)
    6. Nielsen Humoresque: No. 2 from Two Fantasy Pieces, Op. 2 (Hansen WH30736 or Alfred–Kalmus K04126)
    7. James Rae Fun and Games or Barcarolle: 1st or 2nd movt from Sonatina (Reedimensions RD086)
    8. Ravel Pièce en forme de habanera, trans. Gillet (slides optional) (Leduc AL 24861)
    9. N. Rota Elegia (Leduc AL 21646)

    LIST C

    1. John Barrett Fish ’n’ Chips or Possums in the Roof: from Horizons for solo oboe (Reedmusic RM851)
    2. Blatt Study in G or Study in A minor: No. 7 or No. 11 from 15 Entertaining Etudes, Op. 24 (Edition Musicus)
    3. Britten Pan: No. 1 from Six Metamorphoses after Ovid, Op. 49 (Boosey & Hawkes)
    4. Ferling Study in C or Study in B minor: No. 1 or No. 16 from 48 Studies for Oboe, Op. 31 (Universal UE 17514)
    5. Mike Mower Answer the Question or It’s Bop, Not Pop: from The Good-Tempered Oboe (Itchy Fingers Publications 058)
    6. James Rae Heptathlon or Marathon: No. 14 or No. 16 from Track and Field for Oboe (Reedimensions RD063)
    7. Telemann Allegro (in 9/8): 2nd movt from Fantasia No. 5 in C, TWV 40:6. No. 5 from Telemann 12 Fantasias for Flute (Bärenreiter BA 2971)

    Scales & Arpeggios

    As part of your exam you are also required to play scales & arpeggios from memory (worth up to 21 marks) - please see the ABRSM Oboe Grades 1-8 Scale Book

    Sight-Reading Test

    You will also be required to sight-read some music that you have not seen before (worth up to 21 marks) - to prepare for this part of your exam please see the ABRSM Oboe Grades 6-8 Sight-Reading Book which has a selection of specimen sight-reading pieces.

    Aural Tests

    In another part of your exam you will be required to complete a set of aural tests challenging your musicianship (worth up to 18 marks). To help prepare for this please see the ABRSM Aural Training in Practice Grades 6-8 Book (a guide with tests) and/or ABRSM Specimen Sight-Reading Tests Grade 7 Book (specimen tests).


    *Information correct at time of publishing 14.03.16

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