On Sat, 8 Nov 2003, Jon-o Addleman wrote:
> Is anyone actively improvising at the harpsichord? Are there any CDs
> available with much of it? And what sort of style of music is being
> made? I've done some preludes and that sort of thing
> has my best recorded attempt so far), but haven't had a huge amount of
> success at doing more structured pieces.
At Oberlin, there used to be a baroque keyboard improvisation contest.
they got rid of it the year it looked like I might have won. Meanwhile, I
submitted a piece to the Alienor competition this year based on having
performed the piece live and then written it down and then rewritten it
until it was up to speed. It's a set of variations on a very obscure
English folk song, in the style of L. Couperin, F. Couperin, Rameau, Bull,
Handel, Bach, Farnaby, Sweelinck, Frescobaldi, and Byrd. Depending on how
it does at the competition, you may get to hear it--just not me playing
it, which will be very interesting indeed.
> I do think that it's a fascinating subject, and something that more
> people should do more often!
I used to be in a group at New England Conservatory where we had a real
renaissance dance band--harpsichord, fiddle, recorder, lute, and viol or
cello (same person), and we improvisedour music having just the basic
melodies and chord progressions given to us.
I can't seem to get anyone here at IU interested in doing it, in spite of
this being the Early Music Institute.