19 – 31 August 2018
Alkmaar, Amsterdam, Smarano
19 – 31 August 2018
19 – 21 August_Alkmaar – Amsterdam (NL)
22 – 31 August_Smarano (IT)
The general theme for the years 2018 and 2019 is the Fantasia and its historical development. In the Renaissance period, the term was used for an improvised or written out piece at the keyboard based on counterpoint rules. The concept of fantasia gradually changes through the centuries: from counterpoint the focus shifts to the extemporaneous creation of musical materials, based on the invention of the composer-performer. At the end of the 18th – and in the 19th-century, it will become the ground for expressing the individuality of the genius. The Academy will develop the historical passages of this genre, referring to different compositional techniques and their related repertoires. We will use all the historical keyboards: organ, harpsichord, clavichord, and fortepiano. We will work with specific composers and styles, always connected to the main theme of improvisation.
Sietze de Vries
Francesco Di Lernia
Pieter van Dijk
Montserrat Torrent, guest of honor
PROGRAM (Active participants have to apply for the entire Academy)
The Academy has a specific focus on historical keyboard technique and improvisation. Therefore, our days are divided into two main sections.
In the morning we will work on technique and improvisation guided by world famous pedagogues and improvisers such as Edoardo Bellotti and Sietze de Vries. There will also be a specific time for individual practice and coaching, recreating the learning environment of the Neapolitan conservatories, where improvisation was taught both individually and in group. Since vocal counterpoint was a prerequisite for all keyboardists, Peter Schubert, one of the finest pedagogues in this field, will join the faculty fort 2018.
Keyboard technique is primarily associated with clavichord and Joel Speerstra will lead us every morning using both repertoire and improvisation.
The afternoon will be dedicated to workshops on specific repertoire and instrument, starting from the late Reanissance organ music of the Neapolitan. The selected repertoire will always be related to the improvisation techniques discussed during the morning. Every course will occupy us for three days of study and practice.
Module A – North German and Dutch Fantasia. Pieter van Djik, organ (Alkmaar and Amsterdam)
Module B – Late Renaissance Fantasia in Naples and Rome. Francesco di Lernia, organ
Module C – Baroque Fantasia between Italy and South Germany. Edoardo Bellotti, organ
Module D – Frescobaldi and Froberger. Enrico Baiano, harpsichord