Smarano Organ Academy 2014 'The 18th Century Fantasia and C.P.E. Bach'

Tuesday  29 July  2014  0:00 AM    Saturday  9 August  2014 3:00 AM
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Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach (1714-1788) is one of the most important composer of the 18th Century: his keyboard music, a large collection of pieces for clavichord, harpsichord and organ, represents an important bridge between the late baroque style and the classic era.

In his compositions we recognize J.S. Bach's heritage, as well as clear references to the North German keyboard style (Buxtehude, Reincken, Lubeck) and to new harmonic and melodic patterns conventionally classified with the term “galant style” or Empfindsamer Stil (literally sensitive style).

But the presence in his music of dramatic elements, such as agitated movements and rhythms and unexpected suspension, makes in some way C.P.E. Bach a precursor of the “Sturm und Drang”.

Moreover his keyboards Free Fantasia and his organ Sonatas offer the opportunity to study the development of these forms through the 18th Century, as well as to follow his suggestions about free improvisation.

The Academy will start in Venice, a beautiful “unique” city which in the 18th century was one of the most important European cultural centre, particularly for music.


Clavichord Technique: 18th Century Sonatas and Duetto (Joel Speersta)
C.P.E. Bach and W.F. Bach: the “free” Fantasias for Clavichord, Harpsichord and Fortepiano (Ulrika Davidsson)

Improvisation: “Free Fantasia” and “Stylus Fantasticus” at the keyboards
(William Porter –Edoardo Bellotti)
C.P.E. Bach Organ Sonatas, Preludes and Fugues and German organ music (Krebs...) (Jacques Van Oortmerssen)
Introduction to Italian Organ Music: Sources, Editions (Armando Carideo)
18th Century Italian Organ and Harpsychord Music between Venice and Naples (Galuppi, Platti, Alessandro & Domenico Scarlatti...) (Francesco Cera)
Choir rehearsal. Under the direction of Stephen Kennedy, you learn the basics to sing, and prepare Gregorian Chant and Poliphony for the Mass and the final concert.

Admittance will be open November

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Smarano (Tn)
Strada Provinciale 7 2, Smarano, 38010, Trentino-Alto Adige, Italy
Smarano (Tn)
Strada Provinciale 7 2, Smarano, 38010, Trentino-Alto Adige, Italy