Your treble (alto) recorder 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. Anon. Paul’s Steeple. No. 2 from The Division Flute, Vol. 1 (Amadeus BP 0710) or Paul’s Steeple & Faronell’s Ground (Follia) (Dowani)
    2. Barsanti Adagio and Allegro: 1st and 4th movts from Sonata in Bb (Op. 1 No. 6). Italian Baroque Music for Treble Recorder (Bärenreiter HM 250)
    3. Baston Adagio and Presto: 2nd and 3rd movts from Concerto No. 2 in C (for descant recorder) (Schott OFB 1032)
    4. Chédeville (formerly attrib. Vivaldi) Vivace and Fuga da cappella: 1st and 2nd movts from Sonata No. 6 in G minor. Chédeville Il Pastor Fido: Six Sonatas (Bärenreiter HM 135) or Italian Baroque Music for Treble Recorder (Bärenreiter HM 250)
    5. Corelli Sarabanda and Giga: 3rd and 4th movts from Sonata in G minor, Op. 5 No. 7. Corelli 12 Sonatas, Op. 5, Vol. 4, arr. for treble recorder (Noetzel N3541)
    6. Handel Larghetto and Allegro: 1st and 2nd movts from Sonata in C, Op. 1 No. 1, HWV 365. Handel Complete Sonatas for Recorder (Faber or Bärenreiter BA 4259)
    7. G. Sammartini Allegro and Andante: 1st and 2nd movts from Sonata in G (S. 24/S. 12) (Faber or Nova NM183) or Sammartini Six Sonatas (Faber)
    8. Schop Lachrime Pavaen for tenor recorder (Moeck 1128)
    9. Telemann Allegro: 1st movt from Concerto di Camera in G minor, TWV 43:g3 (Peacock Press PAR014)
    10. Telemann Andante and Allegro: 1st and 2nd movts from Sonatina in A minor, TWV 41:a4. Telemann Two Sonatinas for Treble Recorder (Schott OFB 181)

    LIST B

    1. M. Arnold Rondo: 3rd movt from Sonatina, Op. 41 (Novello PAT60050)
    2. Michael Ball Carolling. Recital Pieces for Treble Recorder, Vol. 2 (Forsyth)
    3. Y. Bowen Moderato e semplice: 1st movt from Sonata (formerly Sonatina), Op. 121 (Emerson E113)
    4. Alan Bullard Fish and Chips: No. 5 from Recipes for Descant Recorder (Forsyth)
    5. Elizabeth Cooper Capriccioso: 1st movt from Sonatina for descant recorder (Peacock Press PJT159)
    6. Peter Hope Waltz: No. 4 from Bramall Hall Dances (Forsyth)
    7. W. Leigh Allegro leggiero: 3rd movt from Sonatina (Schott OFB 1041)
    8. Robin Milford Vivo (non troppo): 3rd movt from Sonatina in F (OUP archive–Peacock Press)
    9. Hans Poser Larghetto: No. 7 from Seven Bagatelles, Op. 52 (Moeck 1509)
    10. Michael Short Vivo: 4th movt from Sonatina No. 1 (Studio Music)

    LIST C

    1. J. S. Bach Sarabande: 3rd movt from Partita in C minor (BWV 1013), arr. Harras (Bärenreiter BA 6432) or P. 88 from The Solo Recorder, Vol. 1, arr. Robinson (Peacock Press PAR108)
    2. Frans Brüggen Molto adagio: No. 4 from Five Studies for Finger Control (Broekmans & Van Poppel)
    3. Arnold Cooke Allegretto: 1st movt from Little Suite No. 2. Pieces for Solo Recorder, Vol. 3 (Forsyth)
    4. Elizabeth Cooper No. 1 or No. 3: from Ten Advanced Studies for Treble Recorder (Peacock Press P311)
    5. van Eyck Sarabanda or Prins Robberts Masco (for descant/tenor recorder). No. 53 or No. 79 from van Eyck Der Fluyten Lust-hof, Vol. 2 (XYZ 1021) or No. 50 or No. 74 from van Eyck Der Fluyten Lust-hof, Vol. 2 (Amadeus BP 0705)
    6. Guus Haverkate Swinging Waltz: No. 3 from 12 Advanced Studies in Recorder Technique for Descant Recorder, Book 1 (Broekmans & Van Poppel)
    7. Hans-Martin Linde Allegretto grazioso: No. 10 from Modern Exercises for Treble Recorder (Schott ED 4797)
    8. Telemann Adagio and Allegro: 3rd and 4th movts from Fantasia No. 2 in C minor, TWV 40:3. No. 2 from Telemann 12 Fantasias, arr. Harras for treble recorder (Bärenreiter BA 6440) or P. 25 from The Solo Recorder, Vol. 1, arr. Robinson (Peacock Press PAR108)

    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 Recorder 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 Treble Recorder 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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