Ludwig Holtmeier interview


0:23 What’s your musical background?

3:37 Did you have a typical classical training or did you ever improvise as a young musician?

4:18 Do you have perfect or absolute pitch?

4:29 Did you learn music theory and counterpoint as a young musician?4:59 Moving to Freiburg

7:37 When did you discover partimento?

10:10 How did you break away from Riemannian theory?

12:36 How did you find these older methods?

13:24 Were a lot of treatises lost during WWII?

14:02 What was inside that library of note?

14:45 Continuing the story of how he discovered Fenaroli

15:50 Was it the Fenaroli Regole?

16:10 What date was that manuscript of Fenaroli?

17:12 Why did no one want to teach music theory at the piano at the University of Freiburg?

18:10 How did you fill in the gaps of information in Fenaroli’s regole?

20:57 Is Rameau one of the most misunderstood music theorists?

22:46 What are people getting wrong about Rameau?

27:01 How do you integrate partimento theory with the modern curriculum?

28:08 Is it based around Fenaroli or other teachers as well?

28:43 Do most students come to you not knowing anything about partimento?

29:21 What are some of the best exercises you use?

31:50 Are there theories that you exclude at the University?

33:31 How do you balance partimento with other theories in analysis?

34:42 How would you analyze the music of Wagner?

37:08 What do you mean by arabic numerals?

37:52 What is your perspective on Riemann?

43:22 How about Heinrich Schenker?

45:18 What’s the best way to learn counterpoint?

47:41 Should Harmony be separated from counterpoint? Should they be 2 separate subjects?

48:50 Do you have a preference for Fixed Do, Moveable Do or Hexachordal Solfeggio?

50:16 On Music Schema

53:46 What is the importance of David Heinichen in music theory in the 18th century?

54:46 Did he codify the methods of the Italians?

55:34 Did Bach use Heinichen’s treatise?

57:08 The intriguing unity of the methods of the 18th century

1:00:25 Can partimento and 18th century pedagogy help us understand newer composers like Rachmaninoff, Debussy and Ravel?

1:01:40 What is your advice for parents who will start music lessons for their children?

1:02:49 How can people find you and your work?

1:03:45 Wrapping Up

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