Improvisation Resources

MY STUFF:

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.

Coming Fall 2022: Improvising Fugue: A Method for Keyboard Artists (Oxford University Press). Currently in production.

The Pianist’s Guide to Historic Improvisation made its debut as the #1 New Release on Amazon in both the Piano and Music Instruction categories.

Historic Improvisation Discussion Forum. A place to discuss such things. Those who like to discuss such things will find these to be things they like to discuss.


WEBSITES:

Monuments of Partimenti is a collection of indispensable historical sources.

New York-based harpsichordist Nicola Canzano is a founding member of Nuova Pratica.

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 historic improvisation in particular.  

Peter van Tour does great research on primary sources in partimento. 

Noam Sivan directs the piano improvisation program at the Stuttgart Hochschule.

Johnandrew Slominski is a theorist and concert pianist based in Oregon.

Derek RemeŇ° teaches at the Hochschule in Lucerne. 

Tobias Cramm runs a summer partimento camp for kids in Switzerland!

Ewald Demeyere is a harpsichordist and partimentisto from Belgium.


BOOKS

Gjerdingen, Robert O. 2020. 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.

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.