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Corrections and clarifications

When compiling our syllabuses, we make every effort to ensure that the information they contain is accurate and up to date.

However, corrections are sometimes necessary after the syllabuses have been issued, for example where publisher information has changed. Details are as follows:

Natural minor scale (from 2012)

From 1 January 2012 candidates for any instrument at Grades 1 and 2 may present the natural minor form for their set minor scale(s) as an alternative to the harmonic or melodic form (as applicable).

Bowed Strings scales (from 2012)

Scale & arpeggio speeds for bowed strings

In the new ABRSM books of scales and arpeggios for Bowed Strings (published July 2011), minimum speeds are suggested for all requirements for the very first time.

This comes in response to requests from many teachers who found the former guidance – that the speeds should be dictated by the bowing – too vague. By publishing the tempi, we bring Bowed Strings into line with all the other ABRSM syllabuses.

After publication of the books, we’ve realized that we overestimated the speeds for the Grade 8 double-stop scales (in parallel) for Violin, Viola and Cello. These will be corrected to more moderate speeds at the next reprint of the books, as follows:

  • Violin: crotchet = 72 (down from 92)
  • Viola: crotchet = 66 (down from 84)
  • Cello: crotchet = 60 (down from 72)

Please note that all the speeds published in our scale books are given as suggested minimums only, and many candidates will be comfortable playing the requirements at faster speeds. Examiners will continue to assess the technical work as they have done previously, and so these changes do not alter any aspect of assessment in the actual exams.

ARSM

A second edition of the ARSM syllabus has been published (February 2017). No changes have been made to any of the exam requirements but an appendix has been added giving details of the regulation of our qualifications and confirming that the ARSM has been placed at Level 4 in the UK Regulated Qualifications Framework.

Music Performance diploma

Piano

LRSM

Debussy L’Isle joyeuse
This piece is now available in Debussy Piano Pieces (UMP).

Ireland Chelsea Reach and Ragamuffin
These pieces are now available in Ireland London Pieces (Stainer & Bell).

Scriabin Sonata no.5 in F#, Op. 53
Scriabin Piano Works, Vol. 2 is no longer out of print.

Seiber Scherzando capriccioso
This publication is no longer out of print.

FRSM

Messiaen Île de feu 1 and 2
This piece, formerly published by UMP, is now published by Durand and available as two separate publications: Messiaen Ile de feu I and Messiaen Ile de feu II.

Viola

DipABRSM

Telemann 12 Fantasias for Unaccompanied Viola, arr. Rood
Volumes 1 & 2 of this book are currently unavailable.

Cello

DipABRSM

Beethoven 7 Variations on a Theme ‘Bei Männern’ from Mozart’s‘Magic Flute’, WoO 46
This publication has been repackaged and is now called Complete Violoncello Variations (Peters EP 748b).

Walton Passacaglia for unaccompanied cello
This piece is now available in Two pieces for solo cello (OUP).

Double Bass

DipABRSM

Massenet Meditation (from ‘Thaïs’), arr. Drew
This edition is currently unavailable.

LRSM

François Zbinden Hommage à J. S. Bach, Op. 44
This edition is now out of print.

Guitar

LRSM

Granados Llobet Guitar Works, Vol. 3
This book is now out of print.

FRSM

S.L. Weiss Sonata in A (Dresden no. 19), trans. Skiera; Sonata in C (Dresden no. 9), trans. Skiera; Sonata in D minor (Dresden no. 6) trans. Skiera
These editions are available as special orders directly from Bärenreiter.

S.L. Weiss Sonata in A minor (‘L’Infidèle’) (Dresden no.15/London no.25), trans. Meunier
This edition is now out of print.

Recorder

DipABRSM

Hotteterre (Le Romain) Suite in F, Op. 2 no. 1; Suite in G minor, Op. 2 no. 3a
These pieces, formerly published by Nova, are now published by European Music Archive (EMA122; EMA123).

Notari Canzona Passaggiata
This piece, formerly published by Nova, is now published by European Music Archive (EMA139).

Flute

DipABRSM

Taffanel Andante Pastoral et Scherzettino
This edition is currently unavailable.

Oboe

FRSM

J.S. Bach Concerto in F, BWV 1053
This piece, formerly published by Nova, is now published by European Music Archive (EMA112).

Bassoon

DipABRSM

J. Bentzon Study in Variation Form
This piece, formerly published by Hansen, is now published by Skandinavisk Musik Og Borups Musikforlag.

LRSM

Raphael Sonata for solo bassoon, Op. 46 no. 9
This edition is available as a special order directly from Bärenreiter.

Saxophone

FRSM

Paul Bonneau Caprice en forme de Valse
This piece is only available for Eb saxophone.

Mihalovici Chant Premier
This piece is only available for Bb saxophone.

Trumpet

LRSM

Torelli Trumpet Sonata in D, G1
This edition is now out of print.

Eb Horn

DipABRSM and LRSM

Rossini Prelude, Theme and Variations
This edition is now out of print.

Trombone

DipABRSM and LRSM

Gröndahl Concerto
This piece, formerly published by Samfundet, is now published by Edition-S.

Tuba

DipABRSM, LRSM and FRSM

Vaughan Williams Tuba Concerto in F minor
This piece is now published by OUP Archive and is available from Allegro.

Percussion

FRSM

Askell Masson Prime
This piece formerly published by Iceland Music, is now published by Editions BIM.

Graham Whettam Suite for timpani
This edition is currently unavailable.

Singing

DipABRSM

Sibelius Black Roses, Op. 36, no. 1
This edition is now out of print.

Wolf 15 Selected Songs from Italian Lyrics (low)
This book is now out of print.

DipABRSM and LRSM

Schubert Lieder, Vol. 9 (high or medium); Lieder, Vol. 17 for Bass Voice
These editions are available as special orders directly from Bärenreiter.

DipABRSM and FRSM

Gurney A Second Volume of 10 Songs
This book is now out of print.

Schubert Lieder, Vol. 17 for Bass Voice
This edition is available as a special order directly from Bärenreiter.

LRSM

Barber Rain has fallen, Op. 10, no. 1
Barber Collected Songs has been replaced by Barber 65 Songs (high or medium-low) published by G. Schirmer.

Debussy 3 Chansons de France (Peters)
This publication is no longer out of print.

Gluck Aria: Divinités du Styx: from ‘Alceste’
The vocal score is available as a special order directly from Bärenreiter.

Gurney A Third Volume of 10 Songs
This book is now out of print.

Tchaikovsky ‘Jeanne d’Arc’
Operatic Anthology: Celebrated Arias for Mezzo-Soprano and Alto, Vol. 2
This book is no longer out of print.

Wolf 9 Secular Songs from ‘Spanisches Liederbuch’ (low)
This book is now out of print.

FRSM

Ireland 5 Poems by Thomas Hardy
This book is now out of print.

Meyerbeer ‘L’Africaine’
Operatic Anthology: Celebrated Arias for Tenor, Vol. 3
This book is no longer out of print.

Schubert Lieder, Vol. 3 (medium); Lieder, Vol. 5 (high)
These editions are available as special orders directly from Bärenreiter.

Clarinet (2014-2017)

Grade 8, B4 Chevreuille

This edition is now out of print.

Harp (from 2005)

Grade 4, A3 J. S. Bach

This piece is now available in ‘The O’Farrell Collection, Vol. 2: Baroque Bouquet’.

Jazz Soprano/Alto/Tenor/Baritone Sax

Grade 3, Mopti Don Cherry

ABRSM has reluctantly had to remove this piece from the 2013 reprint of Jazz Alto Sax Tunes, Level/Grade 3 and Jazz Tenor Sax Tunes, Level/Grade 3 since, despite many efforts, permission has not been obtained from the copyright owner to reproduce it for this reprint. However, the piece still remains on the syllabus so candidates who have older editions of the publication are welcome to play this piece in their exam.

Jazz Trumpet/Cornet/Flugelhorn

Grade 4, Dedication to Thomas Mapfumo Don Cherry

ABRSM has reluctantly had to remove this piece from the 2013 reprint of Jazz Real Book Bb edition since, despite many efforts, permission has not been obtained from the copyright owner to reproduce it for this reprint. However, the piece still remains on the syllabus so candidates who have older editions of the publication are welcome to play this piece in their exam.

Organ (from 2011)

Grade 1, A1 J.S. Bach  

The piece set on the syllabus is the 10-bar chorale version only (without figured bass realization). In addition to the syllabus-cited OUP publication, this 10-bar version is also available in Barenreiter Vol. 3 (BA5173) and Breitkopf & Hartel Vol. 9 (EB6589) (but not in the Peters complete Bach editions).

Page turners

As of 1 June 2017, candidates at Grades 6–8 may bring a page-turner to assist with any awkward page-turns in their music; prior permission from ABRSM is no longer required. Accompanists for Grade 6–8 exams are also welcome to bring a page-turner. The Exam Regulations and syllabus statements regarding page-turners will be updated to reflect this change as they are re-issued. Examiners, local representatives and stewards have been informed.

Piano (2015 & 2016)

Grade 1, B4 and Grade 3, B4 Gedike

This publication has restricted availability.

Grade 5, B6 Maikapar

The Prelude in F is now published separately.

Grade 8, A8 Shostakovich

The Peters edition has restricted availability.

Grade 8, C3 Chopin

This piece is available in different versions to the one printed in the Piano Exam Pieces book. Candidates are welcome to use other editions of this piece and examiners are aware that there may be a few rhythmic variants or differences in the overall length.

Piano (2017 & 2018)

Grade 3, A5 Mozart

This piece is also available on P. 24 from Note Book for Nannerl (Schott ED 3772).

Grade 4, A4 Clementi

The title of the Clementi publication listed in the syllabus booklet (Clementi: Sonatinas, Op. 36, 37, 38) is incorrect and the correct title is Clementi Sonatinas, Op. 36 & 4.

Grade 5, C1 Tan Dun

Unfortunately on the Piano Exam Pieces CD there is an error in the recording of this piece, affecting the right-hand chords in bb. 35–37 and 40–41. Candidates should play the music as notated. However, the audio download has been corrected and can be purchased from our audio download shop.

Singing (2009–2017)

Overlap into 2018 – Grades 6, 7 and 8

From 1 January 2018 onwards all candidates taking a Grade 6, 7 or 8 exam will be assessed on three songs only. Candidates availing of the overlap period are free to choose from any three of the four lists in the preceding syllabus.

Grade 4, C16 and Grade 8, D15, D18 Gilbert & Sullivan

The Singer’s Gilbert & Sullivan – Men’s Edition is now out of print.

Grade 5, B29 Reger

The Eb edition published by G. Schirmer is now out of print.

Grade 5, C23, 7 D26, 8 D34 and 8 D35 Rodgers & Hammerstein

Sing the Songs of Rodgers & Hammerstein – Low edition is now out of print.

Grade 6, D2 Jerry Bock & Sheldon Harnick  

Candidates singing 'Far from the home I love' from the vocal selections of Fiddler on the Roof are welcome to sing either lyric provided, making this item suitable for either a male or female voice.

Grade 7, D23 C. Porter  

Only the verse and refrain 1 are required for the exam.

Treble Recorder (2018-2021)

Grade 6, B10 and Grade 7, B9 Milford

The cited publication is currently published by Peacock Press, however the publisher will change in May 2018 to OUP.

Trumpet (2010-2016)

Grade 8, B3 Bellstedt

For candidates using the Winwood Music album (Shepherd's Song), please note that only Bellstedt's Napoli is the set syllabus item (and not the piece 'Shepherd's Song' which is also included in this album).

Tuba (from 2013) - publications marked ǂ

The Tuba syllabus may be offered on an Eb, F, Bb or C tuba. All pieces may be played on any of these four instruments (reading either bass or treble clef). Candidates may adapt passages or transpose parts and/or accompaniments as necessary for their instrument.

For those publications marked ǂ in the syllabus, the following information is provided, to clarify:

  • which book(s) in the series are most appropriate for your instrument
    or
  • any further accompaniments and/or parts that are available which may prevent the need for transposition

The information is listed alphabetically by publisher:

ABRSM

Shining Brass, Book 1 [Grades 1, 2 & 3]
Shining Brass, Book 2 [Grades 4 & 5]

Anglo Music

Starter Studies [Grades 1 & 2]
  • There are two versions of this book for tuba. For exam purposes, the following are recommended:
Skilful Studies[Grades 3 & 4]

Brass Wind

Keynotes[Grade 1]
Winners Galore [Grades 1 & 2]
Easy Winners [Grades 1, 2 & 3]
Winner Scores All [Grade 3]
Great Winners [Grade 4]
Savoir Faire [Grades 4, 5 & 6]

Con Moto

The Jock McKenzie Tutor Book for Young Brass Players (Book 1) [Grades 1, 2 & 3]

Curnow Music

1st Recital Series [Grades 1, 2 & 3]

De Haske Hal Leonard

Performance Studies for Tuba [Grades 6, 7 & 8]

Gramercy Music

Cityscapes [Grades 1 & 2]
  • Bb tuba players reading bass clef and using the Bb edition should transpose the part down an octave to ensure that the range is suitable.

Violin (2016-2019)

Grade 1, B5 Rodgers & Hammerstein

The book ‘Songs from the Shows’ is now out of print. However, the arrangement of Edelweiss is available to purchase as a download from the Kevin Mayhew website.

Grade 2, C4 Kabalevsky

Kabalevsky Album Pieces, arr. Sorokin etc. has restricted availability.

Grade 8, C5 Kabalevsky

This publication has restricted availability.

Guitar (from 2009)

Grade 6, C7 and Grade 7, C5 Pernambuco

This publication is currently unavailable.

 

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