Having taken my LRSM exam in violin performance this past weekend, I thought I would put down some of the questions they asked in the exam if it is of help to others. Personally I thought that the questions were extremely broad and not as straightforward as the diploma. It was very conversational and I felt at times they were asking me "yes" or "no" questions but knew that I should elaborate ... Very awkward!
My program was:
Bach - Sonata for Solo Violin in G minor, 3rd and 4th movements
Mozart - Sonata in Eb major, K481, 1st and 2nd movements
Bruch - Concerto No. 1 in G minor, 1st movement
Suk - Pieces for Violin and Piano, Op. 17, 3rd and 4th movements
1. (Opening question) What do you think is important when choosing a recital?
2. Who are your role models for violin?
3. It's interesting to note the Bach doesn't have any dynamics written in the piece. How did you approach this?
4. Do you think that Bach used anything odd in his harmonic structure of the piece?
5. Where there any drastic differences in the Baroque violin that affects how you play Bach today?
6. What do you think makes Mozart interesting?
7. Does Mozart use any unusual cadences in this piece?
8. Do you think that Mozart linked the violin to the voice at all?
9. Why do you think the Bruch is so popular?
10. Can you show us the harmonic structure of the concerto? Do you think it's in sonata form?
11. Are there any other interesting harmonic things happening in this piece?
12. You mentioned that Suk was influenced by Dvorak. Can you show us harmonically how he was influenced?
13. Do you think there are any Czech harmonies in this piece and can you show us where?
14. (Closing question) Do you have any questions for us?