– historical performance practice on modern instruments
Study Levels: Undergraduate, Postgraduate
Faculty: Christian Westergaard and Toke Møldrup
Royal Danish Academy of Music
Tentative online meeting dates in 2023:
Christian Westergaard and Toke Møldrup introduce Performance Practicality
Do you want to expand your choices and possibilities when it comes to expression and interpretation of music from the baroque and classical periods? Do you want to find knowledge that is directly applicable to your repertoire studies? Are you curious about historical performance practices but want to stay within the performance on modern instruments? Do you want to speak the musical languages of Bach and Mozart in a more fluent way? Do you want to excite your audiences with performances that keep them up at night but still remain respectful to the composer?
Then this course might be interesting for you. It focuses on building bridges between the craft of music making in the past and the art of interpretation today. Through concrete tools, through stepping in the shoes of the well-educated musician of 17th and 18th century, you will gain knowledge about composition, performance, context and concrete practice, all with the purpose of gaining stylistic fluency and vocabulary.
Performance Practicality is scheduled from 6th of February to 28th of April 2023. Consisting of 7 asynchronous learning modules and 3 live online sessions, the course will employ a range of teaching formats such as:
The course is aimed at students majoring in piano and strings performance; However, other students with an interest in the field are also most welcome to apply.
Introduction to some of the most important working tools for the 18th century musician. Figured Bass, accompaniment, voice leading, improvisation and rhetoric.
Other basic topics will be:
Assignments in figured bass and analysis will be given
Search and find in the repertoire
You will learn about fundamental melodies as well as voluntary and involuntary ornaments in the French and Italian style.
Assignment in ornamenting fundamental tunes will be given
How to write dance suite movements, slow adagios or figural prelude? We will guide you and give a historical overview of the musical and pedagogigal literature.
Reflections on working with course tools
In this module you will be asked to copy performance, create new performance
The course instructors will be available for consultation or to answer queries on Zoom during 3 sessions alongside the modules. Prior to the final assessment individual supervision will be offered. All course activities will be carried out with respect to differences in students’ background in terms of culture and language skills. While a secure grasp of written and spoken English will be useful in this course, the focus during the course and in the final assessment will be the subject matter of performance and not the finer details of language and presentation.