Capita Selecta Historical Music Performance Practice

Course description Capita Selecta Historical Music Performance Practice
Year: 2017-2018
Catalog number: 5100KM07
  • Prof. dr. Ton Koopman
Language: English
Blackboard: Unknown
EC: 5
Level: 200
Period: Semester 1 & 2, Block I, II, III, IV
  • Yes Elective choice
  • Yes Contractonderwijs
  • Yes Exchange
  • Yes Study Abroad
  • No Evening course
  • Yes A la Carte
  • No Honours Class

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.

Schedule 2017-2018:

Capita selecta early music

Classes take place in the library (with instruments and picturecollection) of professor Koopman, in Bussum (Meerweg 23) from 10.30-12.30 hrs.

The content and dates of the lectures will be:
12/10/2017 General introduction Early Music and Performing Practice
20/11/2017 Recitatives
23/11/2017 Harpsichord- and organconcertos
11/12/2017 J.S. Bach, Weihnachtsoratorium
14/12/2017 Telemann, Donnerode and other works
18/12/2017 Händel operas
15/1/2018 Improvisation and diminution
18/1/2018 Buxtehude’s keyboard works: is Urtext possible?
22/1/2018 Historical harpsichords and restauration
25/1/2018 Viola da gamba in France, Germany and other countries
8/2/2018 J.S. Bach, Organ works and their interpretation
19/2/2018 W.A. Mozart, Miss in c minor reconstructions
1/5/2018 Historical organs and ethics of restauration
7/5/2018 Performance practice and creativity

All classes will be partly about music history or biography, and partly about performance practice.

Mode of instruction


Assesment Method

Paper aimed at a musico-historical subject from the seventeenth of eighteenth century.
Attending the lectures and writing a paper is required to complete the course.


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


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Rogier Schneemann

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