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Fugues for Fun: the aim of Dr Penelope Cave’s annual course is to explore a particular area of harpsichord repertoire, and improve technique and interpretive skills. 2021 will focus on coping with contrapuntal music.


Resident: £320 Non-Resident: £232 (25% off for under 27s) Code: 21/260

Booking for Members opens at 9am on Monday 11 January 2021. 

Non-Member and online booking opens at 9am on Monday 8 February 2021. 

For details on how to become a Member to take advantage of early booking, see here.

What is the course about?

The topic for this year’s harpsichord course, led by Dr Penelope Cave, will be Fugues for Fun: the varied art of counterpoint and the expression of character will be explored by a range of composers, including Handel, Telemann and some more recent examples, with particular emphasis on Bach (from Inventions to multi-voiced fugues). Specific methods of dealing with part-playing in addition to general harpsichord technique and articulation, will be shared in a friendly workshop situation, with handouts for extra clarification. Participants are invited to prepare items from the set repertoire list, which will allow for plenty of choice (available on application).

What will we cover?

Baroque styles, specific harpsichord technique, performance and interpretation, practice-techniques.

What will we accomplish? By the end of this course you will be able to…

Have a wider understanding of style and interpretation.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

Standard: Confident, Skilful

How will the course be taught, and will any preparation be required?

Group work with tutor feedback, and some peer collaboration.

Preparation is required.

Will music be provided in advance of the course?

No, participants are requested to bring their own music from the list. Helpful resources: IMSLP has a wide range of parts and scores. Benslow Music members may be able to hire the music from our library

Is there anything I need to bring?

Music (and some students like to have a notebook with them)

What previous participants said about this course…

“Penelope as always is a very stimulating tutor.”

“It was all very enjoyable and I learnt a huge amount from the tutor and all the other participants. It's always good to be challenged!”

“Got exactly what I'd hoped from it!”