The present work was originally designed as a Handbook for candidates who are preparing for the various Local Examinations in musical knowledge, which are periodically held throughout the country. But it was afterwards felt that its scope might, with advantage, be somewhat extended, and the author hopes that this Manual will not only be found to fulfil its first intention, but that it will also be useful as a book of reference for students who are preparing for the higher grades of Diploma and Degree Examinations.
The advanced questions - Section viii., Part I. - will show the class of question which Examiners usually set for these higher distinctions, and the Miscellaneous Papers given in Part III. will illustrate the differences between the Examination Schemes of each University and Examining Body.
The author tenders his most sincere thanks to the Delegates of the Clarendon Press, Oxford; to the Syndics of the University Press, and the Local Examinations and Lectures Syndicate, Cambridge; to Arthur Milman, Esq., M.A., Registrar of London University; to Dr. Philip Armes, M.A., Professor of Music in the University of Durham; to Dr. Mahaffy, of Dublin University; to C. K. Hodgson, Esq., B.A., Secretary of the College of Preceptors; to the Committee of Management of the Royal Academy of Music; to the late George Watson, Esq., Hon. Secretary and Registrar of the Royal College of Music; to S. Aitken, Esq., Hon. Secretary to the Associated Board of the Royal Academy of Music and the Royal College of Music; to the Councils of the Royal College of Organists and Trinity College London; to the General Council of the Incorporated Society of Musicians, and to the Secretary of the Education Department for so kindly and readily granting permission to print the Examination Papers contained in Part III. of this work.