Improvising in Traditional 17th- and 18th-Century Harmonic Style by John R. Shannon

Improvising in Traditional 17th- and 18th-Century Harmonic Style by John R. Shannon
Intended to be an introduction to improvisation in the late Baroque style, this two-volume publication is meant to introduce the student to the basic harmonic vocabulary of the Baroque period.

Volume One contains three genres: chorale with ornamented melody, composition on pedal point, and pieces based on echo.

Volume Two continues with the genres of dances (minuet and sarabande,) improvisation on a ground bass, the bicinum, fugal hymn settings, short fugues, and the free preludes. Two units discuss Baroque melody and keyboard figuration.

(Neither volume includes the concerto and fugue genres, which are left for more advanced studies.)