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Capita Selecta Historical Music Performance Practice

Course 2014-2015

Admission requirements

Some knowledge of historically informed performance practice.


The elective Capita Selecta Early Music covers a wide array of subjects from the field of period practice. The course will centre around but not be restricted to composer Johann Sebastian Bach.


First and second semester. Classes take place in the library (with instruments and picturecollection) of professor Koopman, in Bussum (Meerweg 23) from 10.30-12.30. The content and dates of the lectures will be:

08-09-2014 Collecting sources
15-09-2014 Works for organ and harpsichord by J.S. Bach, performance practice and authenticity
25-09-2014 J.P. Sweelinck and Dutch keyboard music, fingerings
29-09-2014 Cadenzas
08-10-2014 Sources for Basso Continuo
13-10-2014 Soloconcertos of W.A. Mozart, Joseph and Michael Haydn
20-10-2014 Beethoven Symphonies, performance practice
27-11-2014 Church Vienna School
08-12-2014 J.S. Bach, Kunst der Fuge
16-12-2014 J.S. Bach, Weihnachtsoratorium
25-03-2015 Diminutions
13-04-2015 Temperaments (with Eduard Bos)
20-04-2015 Reading Tabulatures (with Jan Siemons)
27-05-2015 Articulation

Mode of instruction


Assesment Method

Paper aimed at a musico-historical subject from the seventeenth of eighteenth century.


Chr. Wolff, J.S. Bach, the learned musician. New York: Norton. 2000.


NB: this course is NOT listed in Usis. Students are obliged to register for this course through the application form that can be downloaded via this link.

Application form


Rogier Schneemann

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