Historical Improvisation and Music Theory

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


FREE MATERIALS

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

J. C. Kittel’s 24 Chorales with Multiple Basslines, ed. Victor Phan

W. A. Mozart’s 24 Thoroughbass Exercises

Gottfried Kirchhoff’s L’A. B. C. Musical

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

Johann Kuhnau’s Fundamentals of Composition (1703), ed. and trans. by Derek Remeš

G. F. Handel’s Thoroughbass Exercises, ed. Derek Remeš


Fenaroli Partimenti, Book One, ed. Derek Remeš

These realizations are somewhat outdated.

Fenaroli Partimenti, ed. Ewald Demeyere

Website

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

Realization by Heinrich Nicolaus Gerber, corrections by J. S. Bach.

Nadia Boulanger’s Cadences, ed. Derek Remeš

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

Hans Peter Weber’s Generalbass-Compendium

Georg Muffat’s Treatise

Nardis 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)

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). Kellner’s father was a pupil of J. S. Bach. 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 of Commentary (part of Vol. 1)

Please transfer 20 USD to via PayPal (derekremes@gmail.com) 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)

Edition and translation of Förster’s thirty-one thoroughbass exercises with the upper voice indicated. 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
    • Vol. 3 – Blank Upper Staff for Advanced Students

Free Sample of Förster Edition

Please transfer 20 USD to via PayPal (derekremes@gmail.com) 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’s Treatise, ed. Edoardo Bellotti

Bernardo Pasquini’s Partimenti (ca. 1703–1708)

Henri Challans 380 Basses et Chants Donnés

  • Each of the 10 levels has a book of exercises (i.e., 1a) and solutions (1b). Purchase here

517 Fugen by Gronau, ed. Andrzej Szadejko

  • 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’s Libro per Accompagnare, ed. Peter van Tour