Quick Studies can be the bête noir of DipABRSM examination candidates. This need not be the case, but confidence in this area will not come overnight. Nor should the Quick Study be seen as merely a longer version of the sight-reading tests encountered in the graded exam syllabus. One key difference is that a Quick Study needs to sound reasonably robust – more like a 'learned' piece and less like a sketch or outline. Too many hesitations or passages bogged down by note-searching will cost you dearly, while uncertain tonality coupled with woolly rhythms will undoubtedly nosedive your attempt. Misjudged tempi, inobservance of critical expression markings, or significant shortcomings in musical or stylistic awareness are also more than likely to jeopardise success. If it doesn't resemble a performance to you, it won't to the examiners!
1. A Christmas Market 2. The Legend of King Arthur 3. The Temple of Zeus 4. Make way for the Royal Procession 5. Burlesque 6. Trumpet Involuntary 7. Nut Brittle 8. A Rustic Shindig 9. The Pantomime Horse 10. The Battle of Agincourt 11. The High-Wire Walker 12. Conquistador 13. Wild Goose Chase 14. Spanner in the Works 15. The Safe-Cracker