Bach and the Art of Improvisation Vol. I & II

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Bach and the Art of Improvisation Vol. I & II

This is a thorough book that discusses many ideas. I also liked the analysis of Bach's fugal subjects into a few standard phrases, which gives inspiration for one's own improvisations.

As has been pointed out by Timothy Tikker, this book contains a great list of historical sources, but it does teach improvisation very much as composition, and then gives little guidance how to get from composition to live improvisation.

From Pamela's website:

Bach's consummate musicianship through the lenses of musicology, history, theory, and performance. Improvisation pedagogy for professional musicians.

VOLUME ONE: Chorale-Based Works (2011)

1. Improvisation as Extemporaneous Composition

2. Tenacity, Touch, and Fingering

3. Thoroughbass and Cadences

4. Chorales and Harmonization

5. Counterpoint and Chorale Partitas 

6. Bach as Teenager: The Neumeister Collection

7. Bach at Forty-Something: Dance Suites     

 

VOLUME TWO: Free Works and Continuo (2017)

8. Interludes and Cadenzas

9. Preludes

10. Fantasias

11. A Thesis on Continuo Playing by J. S. Bach

12. Concerti, Cantatas, and Continuo Playing

13. Partimento Fughette

14. Bach for a Lifetime: Fugues

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Solo / Ensemble
Solo
Author
Pamela Ruiter-Feenstra
Language (Translation?)
English
Type of Thing you Learn
Cadenza, Prelude, Concerto, Continuo, Partimeto, Fugue, Fughette, Chorale partitas, Chorale, Dance suite
Instrument
Keyboard
Level
(More) Advanced
Year
20112017
Medium
Book
Style
Baroque

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