Artesis Plantijn Hogeschool Antwerpen
Koninklijk Conservatorium van Antwerpen
Basso Continuo 45015/2806/2223/1/51
Study guide

Basso Continuo 4

Academic year 2022-23
Is found in:
  • Educational Master of Arts in Music & Performing Arts
    Choice option within specialisation:
    • Harpsichord within Music
  • Master of Arts in Music, programme stage 4
    Choice option within specialisation:
    • Harpsichord (focus Podium) within Instrumental / Vocal studies
  • Master of Arts in Music
    Choice option within specialisation:
    • Harpsichord (focus Podium) within Instrumental/Vocal Studies
This is a single course unit.
Study load: 3 credits
Co-ordinator: Bernolet Korneel
Other teaching staff: Agsteribbe Frank, Proot Stephanie
Languages: Dutch, English
Scheduled for: Academic year
This course unit is marked out of 20 (rounded to an integer).
Possible deadlines for learning account: 31.10.2022 ()
Re-sit exam: is possible.
Compensated fail: You have to pass this course unit (will never be compensated).
Total study time: 90,00 hours


having passed Basso Continuo 3.

Educational organisation (text)

* Individual lessons with or without melody instrument(s)
* Occasional group lessons
* Performances

Prerequisite competencies (text)

Achievement of the learning outcomes of the previous course unit.

Learning outcomes (list)

1.1 The student independently broadens and explores repertoire related to his or her discipline.
The student puts together an exam programme of 30 minutes completely independently and provides ensemble members him- or herself.
The student works in a team (with other artistic disciplines) on the creation of his or her own artistic concept.
The student establishes interaction with other musicians during the rehearsal and performance.
4.1 The student has extensive knowledge of the broader cultural and (musical) historical context and can use this in his or her artistic practice.
The student can make a practical application of knowledge from historical sources and treatises in order to create an historically informed performance.

Course content

Read the vademecum of Keyboard instruments.
* Mastery of basso continuo techniques (the function of basso continuo, chord progressions and positions, reading figures, recognition of keys, playing from facsimiles etc)
* Practical study of musical styles of the entire repertoire
* Practical implementation of the knowledge from historical sources and treatises in order to achieve an historically informed performance. This shapes the student into an independent musician.
* Interaction with other musicians

Study material (text): Mandatory

Basso Continuo classes take place in the lovely Vleeshuis museum on the magnificent original harpsichord of Ioannes Daniel Dulcken from 1747. In addition, the Conservatoire owns two further fine harpsichords: one by Michael Johnson (after Goermans) and one by Jan Boon (after an anonymous Italian instrument from around 1750).

If available, manuscripts, first editions or an "Urtext" edition should be used as scores.
Historical treatises and sources
Secondary literature
Specialised journals (Early Music, Bach-Jahrbuch, Journal of Musicology etc)
Articles on the internet

Educational organisation (list)

Learning Activities
Artistic praxis15,00 hours
Work time outside of contact hours75,00 hours

Evaluation (list)

Evaluation(s) for first exam chance
Academic yearArtistic practical assessment50,00
Academic yearArtistic skills assessment during the examination series50,00
Evaluation(s) for re-sit exam
2nd examination periodArtistic skills assessment during the examination series100,00