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Prerequisite

Candidates for Grade 6, 7 or 8 exams must already have passed ABRSM Grade 5 (or above) in Music Theory, Practical Musicianship or a solo Jazz instrument. For full details including a list of accepted alternatives, see Regulation 1d.

Syllabus

Violin Grade 7 Violin

Violin Grade 7 exams consist of three pieces, scales and arpeggios, sight-reading, and aural tests.

Total marks in all individual Practical exams are 150. You need 100 marks to achieve Pass, 120 marks to pass with Merit and 130 marks to pass with Distinction.

Violin Grade 7 (2020–2023)

Pieces

Musicians learn to play an instrument to explore and perform repertoire, which is why pieces are at the core of the exam – candidates are asked to present three at each grade. The syllabus repertoire is organised into three lists which explore different traditions and styles, dating from the Renaissance period to the present day.

Choosing one piece from each list gives candidates the opportunity to play a balanced selection and demonstrate a range of skills. In this syllabus, the pieces are broadly grouped into lists by the characteristics of the music:

  • List A pieces are generally faster moving and require technical agility
  • List B pieces are more lyrical and invite expressive playing
  • List C pieces reflect a wide variety of musical traditions, styles and characters.

Most of the pieces require an accompaniment, as interacting with other musicians is an important musical skill, but there are also opportunities to choose solo pieces and develop confidence with unaccompanied playing.

We hope that by offering this variety in the syllabus, candidates will find music that inspires them and that they enjoy learning and performing.

Grade 7 Pieces

Candidates choose three pieces, one from each list (A, B and C) – 30 marks each. The full requirements and information for the pieces are explained after the lists.

List A

No. Composer Piece information Publication(s)
1 J. S. Bach Gigue (SOLO)
from Partita No. 3 in E, BWV 1006
(with repeats)
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2 Mangean Andante grazioso And Allegro
1st movt And 2nd movt from Sonata in E minor, Op. 4 No. 2
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3 Mozart Allegro di molto
1st movt from Sonata in A, K. 305
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4 Beethoven Rondo: Allegro
3rd movt from Sonata in D, Op. 12 No. 1
Beethoven: Sonata in D, Op. 12 No. 1
Schott (ED0 2625)

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Beethoven: Sonatas for Piano and Violin, Vol. 1
Henle (HN 7)

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5 Haydn Allegro
3rd movt from Concerto in G, Hob. VIIa:4
Haydn: Violin Concerto in G, Hob. VIIa:4
Henle (HN 448)

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Haydn: Concerto No. 2 in G, Hob. VIIa:4
Schott (SF 8822)

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6 Schubert Allegro moderato
1st movt from Sonata in A minor, Op. 137 No. 2, D. 385
Schubert: Three Sonatinas, Op. 137
Peters (EP11099)

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Schubert: Sonatas for Piano and Violin
Wiener Urtext (UT50004)

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7 Tartini Adagio And Allegro
3rd movt And 4th movt from Sinfonia in C
No. 10 from Italian Violin Music of the Baroque Period, Vol. 1
Henle (HN 350)

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8 A. Veracini Largo And Vivace
1st movt And 2nd movt from Sonata in B♭, Op. 3 No. 6
No. 4 from Italian Violin Music of the Baroque Period, Vol. 1
Henle (HN 350)

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9 Telemann Grave And Allegro (SOLO)
3rd movt And 2nd movt from Fantasia No. 1 in B♭, TWV 40:14
Telemann: 12 Fantasias for Violin Solo
Bärenreiter (BA 2972)

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Telemann: 12 Fantasies for Violin Solo
Wiener Urtext (UT50415)

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10 Vivaldi Sonata in G
Op. 2 No. 8, RV 23
(complete [Preludio, Giga & Corrente])
Pp. 13–14 from Violinissimo: La Follia
Schott (ED 21562)

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List B

No. Composer Piece information Publication(s)
1 G. Cassadó Sérénade
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2 Rachmaninoff
arr. Birtel
Vocalise
No. 14 from 14 Songs, Op. 34
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3 Hensel Adagio
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4 A. Beach Lento espressivo
Op. 125
A. Beach: Lento espressivo, Op. 125
Hildegard

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5 Chaminade Andantino
No. 1 from Trois morceaux, Op. 31
Chaminade: Trois morceaux, Op. 31
Masters Music Publications

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6 N. Paganini Cantabile
N. Paganini: Cantabile
Ricordi (141204)

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N. Paganini: Cantabile
Universal (UE7014)

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Sheila M. Nelson's Romantic Violinist
Boosey & Hawkes (BH 1000687)

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7 Sarasate Playera
No. 1 from Spanish Dances, Op. 23
Sheila M. Nelson's Romantic Violinist
Boosey & Hawkes (BH 1000687)

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Sarasate: Playera, Op. 23 No. 1
IMC (IMC2655)

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8 John Rutter Lament for the Holy City
John Rutter: Lament for the Holy City
OUP

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9 Sibelius Romance
No. 2 from Four Pieces, Op. 78
Sibelius: Romance, Op. 78 No. 2
Hansen (2201)

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10 H. Wieniawski Romance: Andante non troppo
2nd movt from Concerto No. 2 in D minor, Op. 22
(octaves in bb. 56–58 optional)
H. Wieniawski: Concerto No. 2 in D minor, Op. 22
PWM (5979)

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Peters (EP3296)

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List C

No. Composer Piece information Publication(s)
1 Bridge Moto Perpetuo
No. 3 from Three Dances, H. 4
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2 Musorgsky
arr. Carse
Gopak
from Sorochintsï Fair
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3 Thea Musgrave The Egrets have Landed
(semiquavers in bb. 16, 17 & 29 may be separately bowed)
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4 Gardel
arr. Birtel
Por una cabeza
Gardel: Por una cabeza, for Violin, arr. Birtel
Dohr (DOHR17608)

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5 Glazunov
arr. Kreisler
Sérénade espagnole
Glazunov: Sérénade espagnole, for Violin, arr. Kreisler
Schott (BSS 33323)

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6 Grainger
arr. Kreisler
Molly on the Shore
Grainger: Molly on the Shore for Violin, arr. Kreisler
Schott (BSS 31240)

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7 Stephen Hough The Mad Tea Party
Stephen Hough: The Mad Tea Party
Weinberger

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8 Hubay Bolero
No. 3 from Cinq morceaux caractéristiques, Op. 51
Hubay: Bolero, Op. 51 No. 3
Bosworth (BOE4531)

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9 Joplin
arr. Förster
The Chrysanthemum
No. 5 from Joplin: Six Ragtimes for Violin, Vol. 1, arr. Förster
Kunzelmann (GM-889d)

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10 Lutosławski Recitative e arioso
Lutosławski: Recitativo e arioso
Chester (CH60921)

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Violin requirements and information: Pieces

Programme planning: Candidates must choose one piece from each of the three lists (A, B and C). In the exam, candidates should tell the examiner which pieces they are performing, and they are welcome to use the Exam programme & running order form for this.

Every effort has been made to feature a broad range of repertoire to suit and appeal to candidates of different ages, backgrounds and interests. Certain pieces may not be suitable for every candidate for technical reasons or because of wider context (historical, cultural, subject matter of the larger work from which it is drawn, lyrics if an arrangement of a song etc.). Pieces should be carefully considered for their appropriateness to each individual, which may need consultation between teachers and parents/guardians. Teachers and parents/guardians should also exercise caution when allowing younger candidates to research pieces online (see www.nspcc.org.uk/onlinesafety).

Accompaniment: A live piano or string (where the option is listed) accompaniment is required for all pieces, except those which are published as studies or unaccompanied works (these are marked SOLO in the lists above).

At Grades Initial–3, candidates may perform some or all of their pieces with a string accompaniment. Pieces that are published as duets (or with string accompaniment only) are marked DUET in the lists above. Pieces that are published with piano and string accompaniment options are marked PF/VN in the lists above, and may be performed with either accompaniment in the exam.

Candidates must provide their own accompanist(s), who can only be in the exam room while accompanying. The candidate’s teacher may accompany (examiners will not). If necessary, an accompanist may simplify any part of the accompaniment, as long as the result is musical. Recorded accompaniments are not allowed.

Exam music & editions: Wherever the syllabus includes an arrangement or transcription (appearing as ‘arr.’ or ‘trans.’ in the syllabus list), the edition listed in the syllabus must be used in the exam. For all other pieces, editions are listed for guidance only and candidates may use any edition of their choice (in- or out-of-print or downloadable). For full details on sourcing exam music, see Obtaining exam music.

Interpreting the score: Printed editorial suggestions such as fingering, bowing, metronome marks, realisation of ornaments etc. do not need to be strictly observed. Whether the piece contains musical indications or not, candidates are encouraged to interpret the score in a musical and stylistic way. Examiners’ marking will be determined by how control of pitch, time, tone, shape and performance contributes to the overall musical outcome.

Vibrato: The use and control of vibrato, and its effect on tone and shape, will be taken into account by examiners, who will be assessing the overall musical outcome. Pieces that are heavily reliant on vibrato for their full musical effect tend not to appear in the syllabus before around Grade 5.

Repeats: Unless the syllabus specifies differently, all da capo and dal segno indications should be followed but other repeats (including first-time bars) should not be played unless they are very short (i.e. a few bars).

Cadenzas & tuttis: Cadenzas should not be played unless the syllabus specifies differently. Accompanists should cut lengthy orchestral tutti sections.

Performing from memory: Candidates may perform any of their pieces from memory; if doing so, they must make sure that a copy of the music is available for the examiner to refer to. No extra marks are awarded for playing from memory.

Page-turns: Examiners will be understanding if a page-turn causes a lack of continuity during a piece, and this will not affect the marking. Candidates (and accompanists) may use an extra copy of the music or a photocopy of a section of the piece (but see ‘Photocopies’ below) to help with page-turns. Candidates and accompanists at Grades 6–8 may bring a page-turner to the exam if there is no solution to a particularly awkward page-turn (prior permission is not required; the turner may be the candidate’s teacher). Examiners are unable to help with page-turning.

Photocopies: Performing from unauthorised photocopies (or other kinds of copies) of copyright editions is not allowed. ABRSM may withhold the exam result where it has evidence of an illegal copy (or copies) being used. In the UK, copies may be used in certain limited circumstances – for full details, see the MPA’s Code of Fair Practice at www.mpaonline.org.uk. In all other cases, application should be made to the copyright holder before any copy is made, and evidence of permission should be brought to the exam.

Violin Grade 7 Violin

Violin Grade 7 exams consist of three pieces, scales and arpeggios, sight-reading, and aural tests.

Total marks in all individual Practical exams are 150. You need 100 marks to achieve Pass, 120 marks to pass with Merit and 130 marks to pass with Distinction.

Violin Grade 7 (2016–2019)

Pieces

Three pieces: one chosen by the candidate from each of the three Lists, A, B and C - 30 marks each

List A

No. Composer Piece information Publication(s)
1 Handel download download Larghetto and Allegro
1st movt and 2nd movt from Sonata in A, HWV 361
 
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2 Mozart download download Rondo
3rd movt from Concerto No. 2 in D, K. 211
 
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3 J. S. Bach download download Allegro
2nd movt from Sonata in E, BWV 1016
 
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4 Montanari download download Adagio and Allegro
1st movt and 2nd movt from Sonata No. 2 in D minor
 
Montanari: The Three ‘Dresden’ Sonatas
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5 Rode download download Air varié
(omitting Var. 2)
 
Sheila M. Nelson’s Classical Violinist
Boosey & Hawkes

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6 Vivaldi download download Preludio and Corrente
1st movt and 2nd movt from Sonata in E minor, F. XIII No. 57 (RV 17a)
 
Vivaldi: Sonata in E minor, F.XIII No. 57, RV 17a
Ricordi

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List B

No. Composer Piece information Publication(s)
1 Bohm download download Introduction and Polonaise
No. 12 from Arabesken
 
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2 Burleigh download download Allegro
No. 4 from Southland Sketches
 
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3 Drdla download download Souvenir
(mute optional)
 
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4 Elgar download download Mazurka
 
Elgar: Ten Pieces for Violin, Vol. 1
Thames (TH978700)

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5 Liszt download download Romance oubliée
 
Liszt: Romance oubliée
PWM (9914)

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Liszt: Two Waltzes and Romance oubliée
Hardie Press

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6 Moszkowski
arr. Scharwenka
download download Allegro brioso
No. 1 from Spanische Tänze, Op. 12
 
Moszkowski: Spanische Tänze, Op. 12, arr. Scharwenka
Peters (EP 2167)

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List C

No. Composer Piece information Publication(s)
1 M. Arnold download download Prelude and Waltz
No.1 and No. 3 from Five Pieces, Op. 84
 
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2 Ramiro Gallo download download Rojo y negro (Red and Black)
 
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3 Stravinsky download download Gavotte with Two Variations
No. 4 from Suite italienne
 
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4 Bloch download download Processional
No. 2 from Suite Hébraïque
 
Bloch: Suite Hébraïque
G. Schirmer (GS28608)

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5 Krzesimir Dębski download download Cantabile
(observing quasi cadenza)
 
Krzesimir Dębski: Cantabile
PWM (9996)

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6 Gershwin, trans. Heifetz download download No. 2
from Preludes
(upper line only in octave passages)
 
No. 2 from Gershwin: Preludes
Alfred (SS2002)

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Violin requirements and information: Pieces

Programme planning: Candidates must choose one piece from each of the three lists (A, B and C) in each grade. In the exam, they should inform the examiner which pieces they are performing, and they are welcome to use the Exam programme & running order form (PDF) for this purpose.

Accompaniment: A live piano accompaniment is required for all pieces, except those which are published as studies or unaccompanied works. Candidates must provide their own accompanist, who may remain in the exam room only while accompanying. The candidate’s teacher may act as accompanist (examiners will not). If necessary, the accompanist may simplify any part of the piano accompaniment, provided the result is musically satisfactory.

Exam music & editions: Wherever the syllabus includes an arrangement or transcription, the edition listed in the syllabus must be used in the exam; in all such cases the abbreviation ‘arr.’ or ‘trans.’ appears in the syllabus entry. For all other pieces, the editions quoted in the syllabus are given for guidance only and candidates may use any edition of their choice (in- or out-of-print or downloadable).

Interpreting the score: Printed editorial suggestions such as fingering, bowing, metronome marks, realization of ornaments etc. need not be strictly observed. Whether the piece contains musical indications or not, candidates are always encouraged to interpret the score in a stylistically appropriate manner. Ultimately, examiners’ marking will be determined by consideration of pitch, time, tone, shape and performance, and how control of these contributes to the overall musical outcome.

Vibrato: The use and control of vibrato, and its effect on tone and shape, will be taken into account by examiners, who will be assessing the overall musical outcome. Pieces whose full musical effect is heavily reliant on vibrato tend not to appear in the syllabus before around Grade 5.

Repeats: All da capo and dal segno indications should be observed but all other repeats (including first-time bars) should be omitted unless they are very brief (i.e. of a few bars) or unless the syllabus specifies otherwise.

Cadenzas & tuttis: Cadenzas should not be played unless the syllabus specifies otherwise. Lengthy orchestral tutti sections should be cut.

Performing from memory: Candidates are free to perform any of their pieces from memory; in such cases they must ensure that a copy of the music is available for the examiner to refer to if necessary. No additional marks are awarded for playing from memory.

Page-turns: Examiners will be understanding if a page-turn causes a lack of continuity during a piece, and this will not affect the marking. A variety of solutions for awkward page-turns exists, including the use of an additional copy of the music or a photocopy of a section of the piece (but see ‘Photocopies’ below). In cases where candidates believe there is no solution to a particularly awkward page-turn, they may apply to bring a page-turner to the exam. The request must be made to the Syllabus Department no later than the closing date for entry, and details of the piece, edition and nature of the difficulty should be given. If permission is granted, a confirmation letter will be issued which must be taken to the exam as verification. Examiners are unable to help with page-turning. In a Grade 8 exam, a candidate’s accompanist is permitted to bring a page-turner to assist with page-turns in the piano part (prior permission is not required).

Photocopies: Performing from unauthorized photocopies (or other kinds of copies) of copyright editions is not allowed. ABRSM may withhold the exam result where it has evidence of an illegal copy (or copies) being used. In the UK, copies may be used in certain limited circumstances – for full details, see the MPA’s Code of Fair Practice at www.mpaonline.org.uk. In all other cases, application should be made to the copyright holder before any copy is made, and evidence of permission received should be brought to the exam.

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