The course is directed to violinists already initiated in the Baroque violin and to «modern» violinists, that is, for those who wish to have a first approach to the interpretation of ancient music with historical criteria.

Professor: Hiro Kurosaki

Violin music before and after his reinvention by Corelli

General Features and Contents:

We work in individual and collective classes the repertoire of the 17th and 18th centuries with special attention to the early Baroque since the year 2017 is commemorative of Monteverdi, but will also study the Baroque language after its «reinvention» by Corelli , by comparing and distinguishing the different styles in the Baroque period, based on different thoughts and aesthetic criteria, reflected in different techniques.
17th century: Castello, Fontana, Marini, Schmelzer, Biber….
XVIII century: Corelli, Vivaldi, Bach, Haendel….
Do not prepare ‘ arrangements ‘ outside the Baroque period, for example the ‘ Ciaccona ‘ of Vitali or the ‘ Devil’s Trill ‘ of Tartini.

Very important and essential:

  • In the course we use only URTEXT editions (like Bärenreiter, Haenle etc.) and/or facsimiles of the original!!!
    For the 17th century music it is easy to find and download music edited with “Urtext» Criteria by Johan Tufvesson.
  • On the other hand it is also very important to always carry the GENERAL score when playing a sonata with a continuous bass or a concert.
  • The violin part is not enough!!!. On the other hand it will be essential to present a copy for the harpsichordist and another copy for the teacher.
Instruments and Tuning:
  • The use of the Baroque arch is recommended even if the violin is modern.
  • It is also recommended to use the pure gut strings for ‘ MI ‘, ‘ LA ‘ and ‘ RE ‘.
    (There are musical shops specialising in old music materials like «Ars Antiqva» in Madrid with information and delivery service)
  • The General Course tuning fork will be LA = 415 HZ.
  • It should be considered that for the repertoire of early Baroque the tunning fork can rise to LA= 440 Hz, especially in the case of a collaboration with singers to interpret works by Monteverdi and his contemporaries
In case of any doubt about the material and repertoire students can contact the teacher by email: