Improvising Early Music

The History of Musical Improvisation from the Late Middle Ages to the Early Baroque

Improvising Early Music
Author(s):
Dirk Moelants (ed.)
Publication date:
2014
Series:
Collected Writings of the Orpheus Institute Series
ISBN:
9789058679970
Price:
34,50 euro

Improvising Early Music will appeal to anyone interested in the historical background of our written musical heritage, and to musicians who want to gain a deeper insight in the way this music was created.

Studying improvised music is always a challenge, due to its volatility and unpredictability. But what about studying musical improvisation from before the age of sound recordings? In this book three experts give their view on aspects of musical improvisation in the late medieval, renaissance, and early baroque periods. Historical sources show us how improvisation was an integral part of music education and how closely improvisation and composition were linked. This gives new insights into the way music was played in its original historical context and a new way to look at written scores from the past.

Contributors

Johannes Menke (Schola Cantorum Basiliensis, Basel), Peter Schubert (Schulich School of Music, McGill University, Montreal), Robert C. Wegman (Princeton University)


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Improvising Music in the 15th and 16th Century: Contrapunto alla Mente - Chant sur le Livre - Madrigale Passaggiato

Academy 2009

6 - 7 - 8 - 9 April 2009

In 2009 Orpheus Institute organizes the seventh edition of its “International Orpheus Academy for Music and Theory”. The Orpheus Academy 2009’s theme is “Improvising Music in the 15th and 16th Century: Contrapunto alla Mente – Chant sur le Livre – Madrigale Passaggiato”.

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