ABRSM Double Bass Grade 8, 2020-2023

ABRSM LogoPlease use the links below to find the titles recommended in the ABRSM Exam Syllabus:

Grade 8 Scales
ABRSM Double Bass Scales Grades 6-8

Grade 8 Sight-reading
ABRSM Double Bass Specimen Sight-Reading, Grades 6-8

Grade 8 Aurals
ABRSM Specimen Aural Tests, Grade 8 (book only)
ABRSM Specimen Aural Tests, Grade 8 (book and CD)
ABRSM Aural Training in Practice, Grades 6-8 (book and CD)

Grade 8 Pieces
One piece must be chosen from each of Lists A, B and C:

LIST A
1 J. S. Bach Courante, from Cello Suite No. 1 in C, BWV 1007, trans. Sterling J. S. Bach: Solo-Suiten für Kontrabass, Suites 1–3 (Peters)
2 Cimador Allegro, 1st movt from Concerto in G) (Yorke)
3 De Fesch Siciliano: Andante and Allemande, 1st and 2nd movts from Sonata in D minor, arr. Siebach & Schlenker (Hofmeister)
4 Dragonetti Waltz No. 6 (from 12 Waltzes) Dragonetti: 12 Waltzes for Double Bass Solo (Henle)
5 attrib. H. Eccles Adagio and Corrente: Allegro con spirit, 3rd and 2nd movts from Sonata in G minor, trans. Zimmermann (IMC)
6 Handel Adagio and Allegro, 1st and 2nd movts from Sonata in C minor, arr. Zimmerman Solos for the Double Bass Player (G. Schirmer)
7 Mozart Allegro, 1st movt from Bassoon Concerto, K. 191, trans. Sankey (without 8va ad lib.; ending at b. 152) (IMC)
8 Pichl Allegro moderato, 1st movt from Concerto in C (Bartholomew)
9 Telemann Cantabile and Allegro, 1st and 2nd movts from Viola da Gamba Sonata in E minor, TWV 41:e5, trans. Sankey, Telemann: Sonata in E minor (IMC)
10 Vivaldi Largo and Allegro (1st and 2nd movts from Sonata No. 3 in A minor, RV 43) (low Cs & Ds may be adapted in cello edns) Vivaldi: Sonata No. 3 in A minor, trans. Zimmermann (IMC) or Vivaldi: Complete Sonatas for Violoncello (Bärenreiter) or Vivaldi: Six Sonatas for Violoncello (Schott)

LIST B
1 Bellini Final de La somnambule, arr. Bottesini Arias for Double Bass and Piano (Yorke)
2 Bottesini Rêverie for Double Bass and Piano (Recital Music)
3 Dittersdorf Adagio, 2nd movt from Concerto No. 2) Dittersdorf: Concertos for Double Bass (Yorke)
4 Fauré Sicilienne, Op. 78, arr. Close & Sassmannshaus Concert Pieces for Double Bass (Bärenreiter)
5 Boguslaw Furtok Elegie Concert Pieces for Double Bass (Bärenreiter)
6 C. Nielsen Romanze, No. 1 from Fantasy Pieces, Op. 2, trans. Drew (St. Francis Music Publications)
7 Rachmaninoff Vocalise, No. 14 from 14 Songs, Op. 34, arr. Zimmerman Solos for the Double Bass Player (G. Schirmer)
8 Sullivan Idyll, arr. Frampton (Four Bass Music)
9 Tartini Adagio cantabile, Op. 65, trans. Drew (St. Francis Music Publications)
10 Tuláček Chant d’amour, No. 3 from Three Pieces for Double Bass and Piano (Recital Music)

LIST C
1 Christopher Benstead Finale: Presto, No. 4 from Four Episodes (Yorke)
2 D. Bourgeois Allegro commodo, No. 8 from Fantasy Pieces for Double Bass) (Brass Wind)
3 Miloslav Gajdoš Capriccio No. 5, Miloslav Gajdoš: Selected Works for Bass: Capriccios, Solos, and Reflexes (Presser)
4 Gouffé Concertino, Op. 10 (Billaudot)
5 Gregora Polka (complete) (Recital Music)
6 Jacob Allegro, 3rd movt from A Little Concerto (with printed cadenza) (Yorke)
7 Bryan Kelly Ariel, from Caliban and Ariel (Yorke)
8 Piazzolla Kicho (starting at Allegro) (Tonos)
9 Semler Collery Barcarolle et Chanson Bachique (complete) (Leduc)
10 Bertram Turetzky Blues for Ray (Recital Music)

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