Bachipedia – a project of the J.S. Bach Foundation
The J.S. Bach Foundation is performing the entire vocal oeuvre of Johann Sebastian Bach in an ambitious concert cycle lasting around 25 years. The first concert took place in 2006, and since then, all introductory workshops, concerts and reflective lectures have been recorded on video. Over the years, we have amassed an extensive collection of audio and film material as well as other content related to the master’s works. One of the Foundation’s aims is to raise the profile of Bach’s vocal oeuvre – especially among the young. To this end, the Foundation established the “Bachipedia” platform. Learn more about the project.
The concept of basso continuo (thorough bass) is inextricably linked to harmonic theory.
Ruedi to go
In these quick explainers, our conductor Ruedi Lutz gets straight to the heart of a variety of musical concepts. Clear, concise, entertaining. Simply “Ruedi to go”!
The concept of basso continuo (thorough bass) is inextricably linked to harmonic theory. In a baroque ensemble, the bassline is usually played by the harpsichord, bassoon, cello and double bass, and the written notes are often marked with numerals and accidentals – a kind of code indicating the chords to “realise” the harmonies (figured bass). In this video, Rudolf Lutz demonstrates a harmonic realisation of the chorale “Lobe den Herrn” that includes a diminished seventh chord.
How is this form of improvisation learned? By beginning with very simple pieces. Mastering the art of basso continuo is a lifelong journey!