Continuo 1 (EMUS1671)


In this Unit of Study students will acquire essential foundations for successful and artistic basso continuo realisation. The Unit is aimed at harpsichordists, lutenists, baroque cellists, viola da gambists and harpists, but will also be of great benefit to melody-line instrumentalists and singers. The Unit will include intensive study and application of figured bass principles, improvisation, ornamentation, score reading, harmonic hierarchy and its implications, and general principles of bass-line playing in relevant chamber and orchestral repertoire. Historical and stylistic awareness through research of relevant pedagogical texts, discussion and application will be a strong and on-going focus.

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1 hr class/week


1 class presentation or performance and 1 written assignment 2000 words (100%)

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