Jostein Gundersen

Improvisations. Diminuitions from 1350 ad. to 1700 ad


Universitetet i Bergen, Institutt for musikk, Griegakademiet

University of Bergen, Department of music, The Grieg Academy


Disputas: 21 april 2010



Einar Røttingen, Hans Knut Sveen, Maurice van Lieshout og Pedro Memelsdorff



Professor Kees Boeke

Professor Jan Nuchelmans

Professor Laurenz Lütteken

In the revised project description, I stated that the subject of the fellowship was the practice of improvising diminutions in the period from about 1350 to about 1700. The objective of the project was to become able to improvise diminutions in three historical styles, as reflected through three historical documents: The manuscript Codex Faenza1 (ca1420), Sylvestro Ganassi´s Opera Intitulata Fontegara2 (1535) and Christopher Simpson´s The Division-Viol (1659/65).3 By and large, this corresponds to the outcome of my research period. The most important deviation from this course has been the emphasis on Codex Faenza, on the cost of the attention given to the two other sources, especially The Division-Viol. (An account of these adjustment was given in the annual reports of 2006 and 2007.) This is also reflected in the final documentation.


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