The Ornamentation of Baroque Music: A Guide for Independent Embellishing

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The Ornamentation of Baroque Music: A Guide for Independent Embellishing

Also available as E-book and includes some wonderful accompaniment tracks. Also available in German.

Zimmermann gives clear instructions coming from historical sources but also with his own ideas for practising these in the modern classroom.

"Everything you want to know about embellishing Music of the Baroque Era is taught systematically and well-founded here: from the different "essential ornaments" such as trill, mordent, appoggiatura, slide, etc. up to the free melodic ornaments, cadenzas and improvised grounds. In addition, you will find valuable information, tips, constructive exercises, historical examples and much more. Exclusively you get a live recorded harpsichord-basso continuo accompaniment for all exercises, which supports you harmonically and rhythmically. For pupils, students, amateurs and professional musicians."


  • Ornaments

    Accent / Accento, Appoggiatura (port de voix), Chûte, Mordent (battement), Rubato & inégalité (time flexibility), Slide (port de voix double), Trill, Turn, Vibrato and Flattement

  • Improvisation topics

    Cadenza (point d'orgue) (solo flourish), Ground Bass / Ostinato, Ornamentation

  • Solo / Ensemble


  • Website Source

  • Author

    Manfredo Zimmermann

  • Language (Translation?)

    English, German

  • Type of Thing you Learn

    essential ornaments, grounds, free ornamentation, cadenzas

  • Instrument

    melodic instruments, any

  • Level

    Beginner, (More) Advanced

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