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Violin Grade 4 Violin

Violin Grade 4 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 4 (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 4 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 Trad. English
arr. Huws Jones
Portsmouth
from The Dancing Master
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2 Giuseppe Valentini
arr. Jones
Presto
2nd movt from Allettamenti per camera, Op. 8 No. 12
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3 G. Saint-George Giga
6th movt from L'ancien régime, Deuxième petite suite, Op. 60
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4 Anon. Italian
arr. Huws Jones
Trotto
The Young Violinist's Early Music Collection, arr. Huws Jones
Faber (0571516696)

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5 Beethoven
arr. Nagy
Menuetto
from Serenade No. 1 in D, Op. 8
Introduction to the Great Composers, arr. Nagy
Bärenreiter (BA 10633)

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6 Weber
arr. Nagy
Allegramente
from Rondo, Op. 3 No. 6
Introduction to the Great Composers, arr. Nagy
Bärenreiter (BA 10633)

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7 Handel
arr. Forbes
Rondeau
from Sonata in E minor, Op. 5 No. 3
First Violin, Book 3
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8 L. Mozart
arr. Wade
Presto
3rd movt from Symphony in G
The Young Symphonist, Vol. 2, arr. Wade
Spartan Press (SP1182)

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9 Purcell
arr. Cohen
Rondeau
from Abdelazar
Encore Violin, Book 2
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The Best of Grade 4 Violin
Faber (0571536948)

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10 N. Sokolovsky Menuett
Small Concert Pieces, Vol. 1
Editio Musica Budapest (Z. 4535)

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List B

No. Composer Piece information Publication(s)
1 Bart
arr. Iles
Where is love?
from Oliver!
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2 C. Dancla Romance
No. 8 from Petite école de la mélodie, Op. 123, Book 2
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3 Grieg
arr. Blackwell
Solveigs sang (Solveig's Song)
from Peer Gynt, Suite No. 2, Op. 55
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4 Y. Bowen Melody
First Violin, Book 3
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5 Bridge Spring Song
No. 2 from Four Short Pieces, H. 104
Bridge: Spring Song and Lullaby
Stainer & Bell (H473)

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6 Carse Chant de l'escarpolette
Classic Carse, Book 2
Stainer & Bell (H355)

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7 J. P. E. Martini
arr. Danbé
Plaisir d'amour
J. P. E. Martini: Plaisir d'amour, arr. Danbé
Schott (ED0 2316)

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8 Martinů Andante
No. 3 from Four Intermezzos, H. 261
No. 3 from Martinů: Intermezzo
Bärenreiter Praha (H 5259)

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9 Mendelssohn
arr. Wade
Andante con moto
2nd movt from Symphony No. 4, 'The Italian', Op. 90
The Young Symphonist, Vol. 2, arr. Wade
Spartan Press (SP1182)

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10 Trad. Breton
arr. Huws Jones
Lament
(violin melody)
The French Fiddler, arr. Huws Jones
Boosey & Hawkes (BH 12056)

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List C

No. Composer Piece information Publication(s)
1 C. Bohm
arr. K. and D. Blackwell
Petite rhapsodie hongroise (Little Hungarian Rhapsody)
No. 12 from Novelletten
(with repeat of bb. 46–49)
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2 Farrés
arr. Huws Jones
Quizás, quizás, quizás (Perhaps, Perhaps, Perhaps)
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3 Pam Wedgwood Sometime Maybe
No. 8 from Jazzin' About
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4 Gebirtig
arr. Rowlands
Avreml der Marvikher (Avreml the Pickpocket)
No. 1 from Klezmer Fiddle Tunes (piano accomp. printable from companion CD)
Schott (ED 13492)

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5 Hadjiev
arr. de Keyser and Waterman
Rondino
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Faber (0571536948)

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6 Kabalevsky
arr. de Keyser and Waterman
The Clowns
No. 11 from The Young Violinist's Repertoire, Book 3
Faber (0571508189)

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7 Dorota Obijalska and Marcin Wawruk Gadabout Cat
from Fiddling Notes
Dorota Obijalska and Marcin Wawruk: Fiddling Notes
PWM (10037)

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8 G. M. Rodríguez
arr. Huws Jones
La cumparsita
(violin melody)
The Fiddler Playalong Violin Collection 2, arr. Huws Jones
Boosey & Hawkes (BH 1002658)

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The Tango Fiddler, arr. Huws Jones
Boosey & Hawkes (BH 1002655)

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9 J. S. Skinner MacPherson's Blade
Alastair Hardie's Compliments to 'The King'
Hardie Press (HP32)

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10 Trad. Russian
arr. Stephen
Chubchik (SOLO)
(with final repeat)
No. 1 from Russian Fiddle Tunes, arr. Stephen
Schott (ED 13653)

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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 4 Violin

Violin Grade 4 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 4 (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 Anon.
arr. Huws Jones
download download The New Round O
 
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2 Vivaldi download download Allegro
5th movt from Sonata in G, RV 25
 
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3 Haydn
arr. Forbes
download download Allegretto
2nd movt from the 'Clock' Symphony, Hob. 1/101
 
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4 Handel download download Presto
from Sonata for Flute, Op. 1 No. 9
 
Sheila M. Nelson's Baroque Violinist
Boosey & Hawkes

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5 D. Ortiz
arr. Huws Jones
download download Recercada
(violin melody)
 
The Early Music Fiddler, arr. Huws Jones
Boosey & Hawkes

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6 Purcell
arr. Cohen
download download Rondeau
from Abdelazer
 
Superpieces, arr. Cohen
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List B

No. Composer Piece information Publication(s)
1 Dancla download download Mazurka
No. 11 from Petite école de la mélodie, Op. 123 Book 2
 
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2 O. Bull
arr. Svendsen
download download Sæterjentens Søndag (The Shepherd-girl’s Sunday)
 
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3 Schubert
arr. Blackwell
download download Entr’acte No. 3
No. 5 from Rosamunde, D. 797
 
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4 Gabriel-Marie download download La Cinquantaine
 
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5 F. Küchler download download Allegro moderato
1st movt from Concertino in D, Op. 12
 
F. Küchler: Concertino in D, Op. 12
Bosworth (BOE003560)

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6 Rieding download download Marcia
Op. 44
 
Rieding: Marcia Op. 44 & Rondo Op. 22/3
Bärenreiter (BA 8982)

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List C

No. Composer Piece information Publication(s)
1 Paul Desmond
arr. Huws Jones
download download Take Five
 
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2 Weill and Brecht
arr. Frenkel
download download Tango–Ballade
 
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3 Timothy Salter download download Daydream
 
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4 Daphne Baker download download Harlequin
 
Daphne Baker: Harlequin
Spartan Press (SP232)

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5 Scott Skinner download download MacPherson’s Blade
 
Alastair Hardie's Compliments to 'The King'
Hardie Press

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6 Ros Stephen download download Milonga pampeana
 
No. 11 from Argentinian Tango and Folk Tunes for Violin
Schott (ED 13379)

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Piano accomp. published separately as Ros Stephen: Milonga pampeana piano accompaniment
Schott (ED 13692)

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.

Publications & audio

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