Trinity Guitar Exams 2020-2023 – Grade 8

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

Trinity Sight Reading Pieces Grades 6 to 8 (Trinity) TCL 015099

Trinity Aural Test Books Grades 6 to 8

Trinity Theory of Music Workbook Grade 6

1. Technical Exercise (music may be used)
Technical exercise in B♭ minor (q = 106)

2. Scales & arpeggios

3. Concerto Extracts (music may be used) — Candidates prepare all three extracts. Candidates choose one extract to play first. Examiners then select one of the remaining two extracts to be performed.

1. Vivaldi: Concerto in D, RV 93 (1st movement, bars 24–51)
2. Castelnuovo-Tedesco: Concerto no. 1 in D, op. 99 (3rd movement, first section of cadenza)
3. Villa-Lobos: Concerto for Guitar and Small Orchestra (2nd movement, first section of cadenza)


Candidates perform a balanced programme of three pieces chosen from the lists below, containing at least one piece from each group. An own composition may be played instead of one listed piece.

Pieces marked ? can be found in Trinity’s graded exam book Classical Guitar Exam Pieces 2020–2023: Grade 8 (Trinity) TCL019356

Group A
1. J.S. Bacharr. Koonce, Bourrée, 6th movt from Lute Suite in E major BWV 1006a, The Solo Lute Works (Kjos) WG100
2. J.S. Bacharr. Koonce, Gigue, 4th movt from Lute Suite in A minor BWV 997, The Solo Lute Works (Kjos) WG100
3. Brocá, El catalán, Raise the Bar Guitar: Grades 6–8 (Trinity) TCL016577
4. Coste, Sérénade, 1st movt from Les soirées d’auteuil op. 23 ?
5. Dowland arr. Powlesland, Earl of Essex His Galliard ?
6. Durant, Fuga, from Sonata in A minor, Baroque Guitar Anthology vol. 4 (Schott) ED13489
7. Giuliani, Allegro, final movt from Sonatina in D major op. 71 no. 3, (Tecla) 2564–3
8. Kellner transc. KÄPPEL, Phantasia in A minor ?
9. De Narváez, Canción del Emperador, Song of the Emperor, Hispanae Citharae Ars Viva (Schott) GA176
10. Scarlatti arr. Fisk, Sonata in A K 322, Sonatas vol. 2 (GSP) 096
11. Sor, Rondo in D, no. 6 from 6 pièces: Est-ce bien ça? op. 48, The Guitarist’s Hour vol. 3 (Schott) GA21
12. Trad. Arr. Russell, The Bucks of Oranmore ?

Group B
1. Barrios, Oración para todos, Prayer for Everyone ?
2. Bennett, Nos. I & V, from Impromptus for Guitar, both to be played ?
3. Dodgson, Hornets’ Nest no. 9, Ode to the Guitar (Ricordi) RICL00011400
4. Dyens, Alba nera, Separately or Les 100 de Roland Dyens vol. 1 (Productions d’Oz) DZ1950 or DZ2201
5. Kruisbrink, Adana, jhaptal,, no. 4 from Raga Suite ?
6. Lauro rev. Diaz, Vals venezolano no. 3 ‘Natalia’, from 4 valses venezolanos ?
7. Lennon & McCartney arr. Takemitsu, Yesterday, 12 Songs for Guitar (Schott Tokyo) SJ1095
8. Pernambuco, Reboliço, Raise the Bar Guitar: Grades 6–8 (Trinity) TCL016577
9. Ponce, Por ti mi corazón no. 2, Tres Canciones Populares Mexicanas (Schott) GA111
10. Pujol, Tonadilla, 3 Morceaux Espagnols (Eschig) ME258688
11. Rodrigo, En los trigales ?
12. Segovia, Estudio sin luz ?
13. Tárrega, Gran Vals, Raise the Bar Guitar: Grades 6–8 (Trinity) TCL016577
14. Villa-lobos, Mazurka-Chôro, 1st movt from Suite populaire Brésilienne, (Eschig) ME6737
15. Villa-lobos, Prélude no. 5 in D major, Cinq préludes (Eschig) DF15722

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