Trinity Grade 6 


Group A

Prelude in D minor by J. S. Bach



This Prelude and the others that are published with it would have been written as teaching material. We don't know when it was written, though probably around 1720 and the existing manuscripts are not in Bach's hand.  The 6 Preludes (BWV 933-938) that were grouped together after Bach's death form a neat group: one major and one minor in the keys of C, D & E, so perhaps forerunners to the Well-Tempered Clavier. This particular prelude is clearly in two parts. 

Group A

Sonatina in E♭by G. A. Benda



This single movement Sonatina is one of 34 composed by the Czech 18th-century musician Georg Anton Benda.


Group A

Coranto by W. Byrd



Coranto is no. 218 from the Fitzwilliam Virginal Book.

The Fitzwilliam Virginal Book is a collection of nearly 300 hundred, mainly short keyboard pieces composed by English composers during the latter half of the 16th, and early 17th centuries (during the reigns of Elizabeth 1 & James 1).  We can assume that the collection was originally assembled by a performer in the days before printed keyboard music was available ...and long before!

The word virginal is used here to denote any keyboard instrument of the time so perhaps a spinet, harpsichord, clavichord or organ.

The collection is named after Viscount Fitzwilliam, who bequeathed it, along with works of art, the contents of his library (including manuscripts by Handel and Purcell) and funds to store it all, to the University of Cambridge in 1816.


Group A

Giga in A minor by R. Jones


Group B

Mazurka by N. Béra-Tagrine


Group B

Arabesque by G. Karganov


Group B

Weaving a Spell by R. Ramskill


Group B

Progression I by M. Schmitz



Jen has asked about the repeats signs. Yes, they are complicated! Ped. means apply the pedal whilst the asterisk ❊  means lift it off, this I suspect we all know.  So why all the brackets? These take into consideration the various repeats. A bracketed asterisk (❊) meaning ‘lift the pedal off when you get to this point the second time around' (or sometimes even the third time around). So, on the very first chord, we see the off pedal sign (❊) and it’s in brackets because it only applies when we return to it at the repeat. But, before we go any further - we shouldn’t play repeats in exams, unless they are just a few bars. But we do play da capo and dal segno. So:

  • bar 8 - a dab of pedal to hold the unison E whilst we go grab the first chord fo bar 9, when we release it.

  • no repeats and straight to the second time bar (23b & 24b) so pedal down there, then off as we return to bar 9.

  • pedal as indicated from bar 25.


Group B

In Dreams by H. Shore & F. Walsh arr. N. Podgornov


Group A alternative

Scherzo in B♭ major by F. Schubert


Group A alternative

Allegro by G. P. Telemann


Group B alternative

Vals Sentimental by E. Granados


Group B alternative

Gymnopédie no.3 by E. Satie


All 6 Exercises



1a. Nouvelle Gymnopédie

1b. Romantic Gesture

2a. Spinal Chords

2b. Three Against Two Ain't Fair!

3a. Catch Me If You Can

3b. The Fugitive


Scales & Arpeggios


All 9 Pieces



BACH, J. S. - Prelude in D minor

BENDA, G. - Sonatina in E♭

BYRD, W. - Coranto

JONES, R. - Giga in A minor

BÉRA-TAGRINE, N. - Mazurka

KARGANOV, G. - Arabesque

RAMSKILL, R. - Weaving a Spell

SCHMITZ, M. - Progression I