Historical Improvisation

Below you will find resources for learning to improvise, compose, and analyze music using historical concepts. Please consider making a donation via PayPal. For those interested in in-depth, personalized instruction, I also offer online lessons.


FREE MATERIALS

Compendium of Voice-Leading Patterns |Compendium Satzmodelle by Derek Remeš)

Gottfried Kirchhoff’s L’A. B. C. Musical (Amsterdam, c.1734) – 16 Preludes and Fugues in Thoroughbass Notation

G. P. Telemann’s Singe-, Spiel- und Generalbass-ÜbungenExercises in Singing, Keyboard-Playing, and Thoroughbass (ed. and trans. Derek Remeš)

G. F. Handel’s Thoroughbass Exercises (ed. Derek Remeš)

Here is a live-stream recording of my 2019 faculty concert from Smarano Organ Academy in Smarano, Italy, where I played my own realizations of G. F. Händel’s 24 thoroughbass exercises.


F. Fenaroli, Book One (ed. Derek Remeš)

The exercises below appear in three versions: blank, partially complete, and complete. In addition, each uses a “two-tiered” realization strategy: above there is a simplified, harmonically oriented solution, and below there is a more complex, contrapuntally oriented solution. 

Die hier veröffentlichten Übungen werden in drei verschiedenen Versionen präsentiert: mit leer gelasseneer Notenzeile für die rechte Hand, teilweise ausgesetzt und vollständig realisiert. Darüber hinaus werden zwei Lösungsansätze verfolgt: oben stehen eine vereinfachte Lösung, die sich mehr am harmonischen Geschehen orientiert, während unten eine komplexere Lösung abgedruckt ist, die mehr am Kontrapunkt ausrichtet ist.

Complete Collection (Book 1) | Vollständige Sammlung (1. Buch)

Albinoni, Violin Sonata Op. 6/6 (ed. Derek Remeš)

Die Realisation des Generalbasses zu dieser Sonate wurde zu Übungszwecken von Heinrich Nicolaus Gerber, einem Schüler Johann Sebastian Bachs geschrieben und von Bach selbst an einigen Stellen korrigiert. / The solution of these exercises was written by J. S. Bach’s student, Gerber, and corrected by Bach. Here is a nice recording.

Nadia Boulangers Cadences (ed. Derek Remeš)

 Paul Vidal and Nadia Boulanger’s “Given Basses” | Basses Données

Generalbass-Compendium (Hans Peter Weber)

Georg Muffat’s Treatise (plus English and French translations)

Nardis Collection of Italian Partimenti

Mattheson’s 24 Probestücke (Thoroughbass exercises)

Robert Gjerdingen’s Websites

Additional Files


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Edition and Translation of J. C. Kellner’s Basics of Thoroughbass (1783)

For the price of $20 (payable via PayPal or bank transfer) you will receive an edition and translation of the text and forty-eight thoroughbass exercises in Johann Christoph Kellner’s treatise, Basics of Thoroughbass (Grundriss des Generalbasses, Kassel: 1783). A facsimile of the original is available for free here.

  • Vol. 1: Commentary and Text
  • Vol. 2.1: 48 Exercises in Original Form
  • Vol. 2.2: Editorial Realizations for Advanced Students
  • Vol. 3.1: 48 Exercises with Editorial Suggestions for Beginners
  • Vol. 3.2: Editorial Realizations of Vol. 3.1 for Beginners

FREE SAMPLE: Commentary (part of Vol. 1)

Instructions for Purchase:

Please transfer $20 to via PayPal (derekremes@gmail.com) or bank transfer (email for details) with the memo: “Kellner” and the email address to which the PDFs should be sent. You will receive the files within 1-2 business days. Note that these files may not be freely shared online.

The following Youtube tutorial describes how to realize each kind of figure.

 


Edition and Translation of E. A. Förster’s Practical Examples (1818)

For the price of $20 (payable via PayPal or bank transfer) you will receive an edition and translation of Förster’s thirty-one thoroughbass exercises with the upper voice indicated. To aid in self-study, I have included a volume of my own solutions. Because the original keys are sometimes quite difficult, I also include a second volume with Förster’s exercises transposed easier keys. A facsimile of the original is available for free here.

    • Vol. 1.1 – The Original Manuscript with Förster’s Suggestions
    • Vol. 1.2 – The Original Keys with Solutions by Derek Remeš
    • Vol. 2.1 – The Original Manuscript with Förster’s Suggestions, but Transposed to Easier Keys by Derek Remeš
    • Vol. 2.2 – Easier Keys with Solutions by Derek Remeš

FREE SAMPLE OF FÖRSTER EDITION

Instructions for Purchase:

Please transfer $20 to via PayPal (derekremes@gmail.com) or bank transfer (email for details) with the memo: “Forster” and the email address to which the PDFs should be sent. You will receive the files within 1-2 business days. Note that these files may not be freely shared online.

 

Realizing Thoroughbass Chorales in the Circle of J. S. Bach (ed. and trans. Derek Remeš)

  • Click here for more information about this two-volume series.

Spiridione a Monte Carmelo (ed. Edoardo Bellotti)

Bernardo Pasquini Partimenti (ca. 1703–1708)

Henri Challans 380 Basses et Chants Donnés

  • Jeder der 10 Schwierigkeitsgrade hat einen Übungsband (z. B. 1a) und einen Lösungsband (1b). / Each of the 10 levels has a book of exercises (i.e., 1a) and solutions (1b). Zum Kaufen / to buy: hier

517 Fugen by Gronau (ed. Andrzej Szadejko)

  • Die zweibändige Ausgabe dieser Fugen (zweisprachig in Deutsch und Englisch) kann via Email direkt beim Herausgeber Andrzej Szadejko zum Preis von 50 Euro bestellt werden unter: szadejko@wp.pl

  • These two books (bilingual in German and English) are available via email from Andrzej Szadejko for 50 Euros. (szadejko@wp.pl)

Nicola Sala’s Partimenti (ed. Peter van Tour)

 Paul Vidal and Nadia Boulanger’s “Given Basses” | Basses Données

Giambattista Martini – Libro per Accompagnare (ed. Peter van Tour)