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Capita Selecta Historical Music Performance Practice


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:

10 September 2015: Introduction to the performance practice of Baroque music
15 September: Performance practice Johann Sebastian Bach
23 September: Articulation
29 September: Performance of recitative works
08 October: Performance practice of J.S. Bach’s chamber music
12 October: Performance practice Dieterich Buxtehude
02 November: J. Mattheson, Der Vollkommene Capellmeister
23 November: C.Ph. E. Bach, Versuch über die wahre Art das Clavier zu spielen
07 December: Oebo, bassoon and clarinet
18 December: Bach and Buxtehude, Christmas cantates
11 January 2016: Differences between French and Italian music
08 February: Performance practice Ludwig von Beethoven
11 April: Performance practice Georg Friedrich Händel
02 May: The Claudio Monteverdi letters

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.


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Rogier Schneemann

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