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

Robert Gjerdingen’s Websites

Additional Files


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A Modern Edition and Translation of J. C. Kellner’s Basics of Thoroughbass (1783) – COMING SOON

For the price of $30 (payable via PayPal or bank transfer) you will receive a modern edition (German) and English translation of the text and forty-eight thoroughbass exercises in Johann Christoph Kellner’s treatise, Basics of Thoroughbass (Grundriss des Generalbasses), from the year 1783. The introduction to the edition 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

Instructions for Purchase:

Please transfer $30 to derekremes@gmail.com via PayPal 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.

A Modern 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 a modern edition (German) and English translation of Förster’s thirty-one thoroughbass exercises with the upper voice indicated (Vol. 1.1). To aid in self-study, I have included a volume of my own solutions (Vol. 1.2). Because the original keys are sometimes quite difficult, I also include a second volume with Förster’s exercises transposed easier keys (Vol. 2.1), plus my solutions (Vol. 2.2). Thus in total you will receive the following PDF files:

    • 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: (Note that students of mine receive this publication for free!)

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