Basso continuo

The concept of basso continuo (thorough bass) is inextricably linked with harmonic theory.

Ruedi to go

Experience our conductor Rudolf Lutz and how he brings different topics directly to the point. Short, concise, entertaining. Simply “Ruedi to go”.

basso continuo

The concept of basso continuo (thorough bass) is inextricably linked with 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!

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