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Instructor: Sietze de Vries
Location: Church of St. John the Evangelist
Time: 11:30-13:30

NB: Weeks 1 & 2 are full for Active Participants, registration for Auditors is still open

Note: This course is a two-week session.  Active participants are required to register for and attend both Week 1 and Week 2.

Improvising: is it for everyone? Sietze de Vries likes to think so. It’s actually quite strange that this way of playing the organ has become rare. In the good old days of Sweelinck, Scheidemann, Buxtehude and Bach, all they did was improvise! Playing from a score was actually the exception, and writing down pieces was only done for special occasions. Is it possible to re-create this wonderful world of making music from the inside-out? What was the normal way of teaching in these early days? That is what we want to find out, because everyone can improvise; the only thing you can’t learn is being creative…. To prepare for this class, it’s good to know some of the famous choral melodies by heart, especially the ones from the (German) Renaissance and Baroque period.


Please note: This is the repertoire from 2013, we are confirming if Prof. de Vries has more repertoire suggestions
Memorize and harmonize some of the famous German chorals, like J.S. Bach's 'Allein Gott in der Höh', ' Ein feste Burg' and 'Freu dich sehr'