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Going Solo: Baroque Music for the Single Instrument (Recordings)

SG $90.00SG $180.00

Note: The live version of this course has recently concluded. You are purchasing recordings of the classes.

Whether in performance or teaching, we are all bound to come across solo music during the Baroque period, from Bach’s Sonatas and Partitas for violin, Cello Suites, Keyboard Suites and the Flute Partita, to Telemann’s Solo Fantasias for flute, violin and viol. In the context of today’s pandemic, solo repertoire has also become increasingly useful and convenient whether for digital content online, or for socially distanced live performances.

In this course, baroque specialist Alan Choo takes participants through the historical context of these pieces, and provides guidance on how to take a historically-informed approach toward understanding and performing these masterworks.

ALL instrumentalists are welcome, including those who perform transcriptions of Bach’s works (violists, bassists, percussionists, trumpeters, guitarists, etc.). Active participants also get the unique opportunity to workshop repertoire of their choice with Alan, co-concertmaster of the Grammy-winning Apollo’s Fire Baroque Orchestra and Founder of Red Dot Baroque.

Singaporean violinist Alan Choo has established himself on the global stage as a leading soloist, chamber musician and historical specialist. He made his solo debut at the Tanglewood and Ravinia Music Festivals 2017 with Apollo’s Fire, the Grammy Award-winning baroque orchestra in the United States with which he currently serves as Artistic Leadership Fellow and takes on soloist, concertmaster and guest director roles. He is also Founder and Artistic Director of Red Dot Baroque, Singapore’s first professional period ensemble, which has enjoyed multiple sold-out concerts and critical acclaim since their formation in August 2018. In May 2019 he was invited as guest concertmaster and soloist with the Shanghai Camerata, and has conducted masterclasses and workshops at the Cleveland Institute of Music, Baldwin-Wallace College, Bowling Green State University and Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music, his alma mater.

Week 1

Presentation only
Situating solo instrumental music in the context of the Baroque Era
Solo music of Bach and Telemann: a historical background

A historically-informed approach
– Introduction to period instruments
– Baroque performance practice basics
– Contemporary treatises
– Stylistic developments and traits

Week 2

The sonata da chiesa Corelli’s Op. 5, ornamentation and links to Bach

(Priority for Sonatas 1-3 of the Bach violin solos)

Week 3

The dance suite
Individual dances and their characteristics

(Priority for Partitas 1-3 of the Bach violin solos, cello suites, flute partita, keyboard suites)

Week 4

The “fantasia” as a genre

(Priority for Telemann Fantasias for violin, viol, flute)

Week 5

Solo works by lesser-known composers: Gabrieli, Biber, Pisendel, Westhoff, Vilsmayr, Vitali, Geminiani
The keyboard tradition: Fitzwilliam Virginal Book, Frescobaldi, Froberger, Couperin, Rameau


Week 6

Masterclass only
Harmony; Tension & Release
Case studies


Yes, they will be made available for participants until 6 months after the completion of each course.

E-certificates will be issued on course completion to Active Participants.

Active Participants will be involved in class participation: interacting with course instructors, receiving feedback on class assignments/submissions, and they will have playing opportunities in class etc. Observers will be observing these segments of the class.

Active Participants will receive an E-certificate of participation, and Observers will receive a certificate of attendance.

5 days before the course commences.

Yes, simply get your friends together and send us an email to request for a second round of the course! If we receive sufficient signups we will repeat the course.

We do not conduct make-up classes. Learners who miss a session can catch up on the class content by watching the session recording thereafter. If there are any class assignments, learners are to contact the instructor directly.

We at the Academy do our utmost to make courses proceed as planned. However, there are times when unforeseen circumstances force a class to be cancelled. When this happens, we are committed to refunding the total amount, in an efficient manner, including any costs of using third-party payment gateways.

Should a participant need to cancel, we will make efforts to accommodate refunds, though costs of using third-party payment gateways will be borne by the participant.

Late cancellations may not be able to be refunded, as they will have been factored into the confirmation of running the course. We will provide a full refund for cancellations up to 2 weeks before the start of a course, following this a 50% refund with up to 1 week of notice. Notifications of fewer than 7 days will most likely not be eligible for a refund. We thank you for your understanding.