In this Unit of Study students will become musically and technically proficient in 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.
1 hr class/week
1 class presentation or performance and 1 written assignment 2000 words (100%)
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 5.