From Bach to Jazz: The Art of Improvisation

20 oktober 2014 | 20.00 uur | Museum Geelvinck Hinlopen Huis,
Onderdeel van het Geelvinck Fortepiano Festival

One might wonder what could possibly link Bach to Jazz …. ? Improvisation!

Improvisation and  Classical Music:

Today we tend to forget the great composer-performers of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries were also fabulous improvisers. Mozart, Beethoven and Schubert, for example, improvised capriccios, fantasies, variation sets and even multi-movement sonatas on the spur of the moment, delighting their audiences.


Jazz inherited a passion for improvisation not only from its folk afro-american roots but also from its Classical antecedents. George Gershwin understood well the improvisatorial links between these musical universes, creating compositions in which both enter into playful dialogue and merge. Such is the case with his most celebrated Rhapsody in Blue.

Improvisation: Norman Beedie

In this fascinating discussion and recital, Norman Beedie (Lecturer at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Glasgow) explores the art of improvisation and musical freedom in Classical and Early Romantic Music, revealing its long-forgotten secrets and making surprising links between the works of Leighton, Scarlatti, Benda, Mozart, Gershwin and Enescu. Professor Beedie will collaborate with Dr. Michael Tsalka in performing a four-hand version of the “Rhapsody in Blue.”

This exciting event is organized by the Geelvinck Fortepiano Festival, in collaboration with Amsterdam World Jazz City 2014.

Moderator: Bas van Bommel

Moderator of this vibrating evening at Museum Geelvinck, is Bas van Bommel, pianist, music reviewer and initiator of the famous (former) discussion forum Winfried Salon.

Also attending are:
Andrew Meyer (musicologist)

Please note: in this discussion forum English will be the main language.


Program Recital

Leighton – Scarlatti – Benda – Mozart – Enescu – Gershwin

Five Studies Op 22 Kenneth Leighton (1929 – 1988)
Study 1 Allegro ma non troppo
Sonata L. 483 A major
Domenico Scarlatti (1685 – 1757)
Study 2 Allegro leggerissimo  
Sonata 10 C major 1st Movement
Mezzo allegro
George Benda (1722 – 1795)
Study 3 Allegro molto   
Sonata 10 2nd/3rd Movements
Largo/Allegro assai
Study 4 Molto lento, molto espressivo, ed un poco liberamente        
Sonata K. 545 C major 1st movement
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756 -1791)
Study 5   Presto con bravura 
Carillon Nocturne Suite No 3, Op. 18
Moderato non troppo lento 
George Enescu (1881 – 1955)
Raphsody in Blue George Gershwin (1898-1937)


Norman Beedie-Primo, Michael Tsalka-Secondo