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The goal of this course is twofold:
First, the repetiteur acquires a thorough understanding of the harpsichord. The student understands how the instrument works, what types of harpsichords there are and how to play them, how one can obtain a maximum of expression by using certain techniques, what the differences are in approaching the harpsichord keyboard and literature as opposed to the piano, etc.
Second, these technical aspects are put into practice through playing baroque and classical opera repertoire. Students learn (1) to perform baroque music on the harpsichord (orchestral overtures, arias etc. as well as smaller solo pieces); (2) to accompany a recitativo secco; (3) to distinguish and apply different stylistic approaches and (4) to find a musically convincing alternative by using these ‘early music solutions’ on the modern piano.