Improvisation Resources


Improv Planet is the online school of historic improvisation.  With hundreds of members from around the world, it is a supportive community for improv learners at professional and amateur levels. Improv Planet features the world’s largest library of historic keyboard improvisation tutorial videos.

Improvising Fugue: A Method for Keyboard Artists (Oxford University Press, 2023).

The Pianist’s Guide to Historic Improvisation (Oxford University Press, 2020)


Monuments of Partimenti is a collection of indispensable historical sources.

Learn Partimento Podcast Nikhil Hogan is a cool guy who does an interview podcast of wide-ranging musical interests.  He has sought out scholars and performers of historical improvisation in particular.  


Gjerdingen, Robert O. 2019. Music in the Galant Style. Oxford University Press.

Gjerdingen, Robert O. 2020. Child Composers in the Old Conservatories: How Orphans Became Elite Musicians. Oxford University Press.

Gooley, Dana. 2018. Fantasies of Improvisation: Free Playing in Nineteenth-Century Music. Oxford University Press.

Hamilton, Kenneth. 2007. After the Golden Age: Romantic Pianism and Modern Performance. Oxford University Press.

Ijzerman, Job. 2019. Harmony, Counterpoint, Partimento: a New Method Inspired by Old Masters. Oxford University Press.

Sanguinetti, Giorgio. 2012. The Art of Partimento: History, Theory, and Practice. Oxford University Press.

Tour, Peter van. 2015. Counterpoint and Partimento: Methods of Teaching Composition in Late Eighteenth-Century Naples. Uppsala Universitet.