Continuo 4 (EMUS2674)


In this Unit of Study students will gain mastery of basso continuo realisation through 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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Further unit of study information


1 hr class/week


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

Faculty/department permission required?


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Additional Information

It is strongly advised that all bass continuo instrumentalists (harpsichordists, organists, fortepianists, lutenists, harpists and so on) take this Unit of Study with Principal Study 6.

Study this unit outside a degree

Non-award/non-degree study

If you wish to undertake one or more units of study (subjects) for your own interest but not towards a degree, you may enrol in single units as a non-award student.

Cross-institutional study

If you are from another Australian tertiary institution you may be permitted to underake cross-institutional study in one or more units of study at the University of Sydney.