DipMusLCM Theoretical Diploma
The LCM theoretical diplomas
provide a useful supplement to our diplomas in performance, teaching, conducting, composition and thesis.
The new qualification DipMusLCM balances traditional theoretical diploma components such as harmony and analysis with new and innovative musicianship elements including comparison of recordings, performance practice considerations and essay writing. These components encourage candidates to explore contextual issues and their personal response to music.
Candidates who complete and pass the DipMusLCM theoretical diploma exam are eligible to enter for ALCM in Performance, Option 2, a shorter version of the ALCM exam. See Syllabus for Diplomas in Music Performance and Teaching
. The DipMusLCM also provides a relevant foundation for those who wish to advance their study of music theory and progress to AMusLCM and LMusLCM diplomas.
Study materials are available to print by clicking on the links in the summary of the DipMusLCM syllabus below.
Component 1: Stylistic composition
[total 25 marks]
Candidates must complete both sections
Section i): Chorale harmonisation
. A short extract from a chorale by J. S. Bach. (15 marks)
Section ii) ONE further short extract, chosen from the following options (10 marks):
a) Two-part counterpoint
in the style of Bach, Handel or Telemann
b) Harmonising a folk song
c) String quartet
in the style of Mozart or Haydn
d) Realisation of chord symbols
for any instrumentation
Component 2: Questions on a score
A series of questions based on a previously unseen extract of musical score. This may be taken from a chamber or orchestral work, with a minimum of two parts, and may include voices.
Component 3: Comparison of recordings
Questions will be asked on pairs of recordings of the same piece, or extracts of the same piece. The recordings differ in terms of performance (eg. recordings of two pianists performing the same work) and/or different versions of the same piece (eg. an orchestration of a work for piano, and the original).
(i) Bach: Chaconne from Partita no.2 in D minor, BVW1004, for solo violin
(a) original (Naxos 8.554423) 01:58
(b) arr. Busoni (Naxos 8.555699) 02:54
(ii) Eric Coates: By the Sleepy Lagoon
(a) Slovak RSO (Naxos 8.553515) 03:47
(b) conducted by the composer (Naxos 8.110173) 03:30
(iii) Mussorgsky: Catacombes (from Pictures at an Exhibition)
(a) piano version (Naxos 8.550044) 05:05
(b) orchestrated by Ravel (Naxos 8.555924) 02:04
(iv) Satie: Gymnopédie No.1
(a) piano original (Naxos 8.550305) 02.39
(b) orchestrated by Debussy (Naxos 8.554279) 04.01
In the examination, there will be four questions on each of the two pairs of extracts set for the year.
Candidates will be required to answer ANY TWO of these questions.
These are to be studied in advance. No access to the recordings will be allowed during the examination.
(i) from Messiah, ‘Glory to God in the Highest’
(a) Bratislava Choir/Krecek (Naxos 8.550317) 1:58
(b) Scholars Baroque Ensemble (Naxos 8.550667-68) 1:54
(ii) Tea for Two
(a) Django Reinhardt (Naxos 8.120707) 3:13
(b) Fats Waller (Naxos 8.120692) 4:08
(i) Mozart: theme (1st mvt.) from Piano Sonata in A (K.331)
(a) original piano (Jando) (Naxos 8.571050) 1:40
(b) orchestrated by Reger (Naxos 8.553079) 2:27
(ii) Leroy Anderson: Sleigh Ride
(a) orchestral version conducted by R Hayman (Naxos 8.559125) 3:06
(b) piano version, Andjaparidze (Naxos 8.553461) 2:44
(i) Bach: Sonata for Solo Violin No.3: Adagio
(a) solo baroque violin (Naxos 8.554423) 3:21
(b) Yehudi Menuhin (Naxos 8.110964) 4:45
(a) Hoagy Carmichael (Naxos 8.120574) 2:29
(b) Erroll Garner (Naxos 8.120528) 2:47
Component 4: Short Essay
A 400-500 word essay, based on ONE title chosen from approximately ten.
Specimen Paper A
Specimen Paper B