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EMUS1671: Continuo 1

In this Unit of Study students will acquire essential foundations for successful and artistic basso continuo realisation. The Unit of Study is aimed at harpsichordists, lutenists, baroque cellists, viola da gambists and harpists, but will also be of great benefit to melody-line instrumentalists and singers. The Unit includes intensive study and an 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. There is a strong focus on historical and stylistic awareness through research of relevant pedagogical texts, discussion.

Code EMUS1671
Academic unit Historical Performance
Credit points 3

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. realise figured bass
  • LO2. play from a basso continuo line in an ensemble setting
  • LO3. demonstrate a basic awareness of various national and styles in the realisation of a basso continuo part
  • LO4. display basic improvisation skills
  • LO5. demonstrate awareness of the most important primary sources on basso continuo.

Unit outlines

Unit outlines will be available 2 weeks before the first day of teaching for the relevant session.