Modernizing European Higher Music Education Through Improvisation

Improvising Canons

Karst de Jong |Royal Conservatoire, The Hague

This exercise is for two players, one leader and one follower. The leader improvises a melody, which the follower plays in time exactly one bar later, like a canon. The leader trains to imagine the auditive result of his/her actions, while the follower has to be fast enough to correctly recognize what the leader plays, and perform this on the instrument. The exercise can be performed in 3 phases with progressing difficulty:

1) short phrases
2) overlapping phrases
3) continuous canons.

Author Karst de Jong

Institution Royal Conservatoire, The Hague

Players Marc Nogués, Onni Toikka, Karst de Jong

Date and place of recording
The Hague, 04.03.2017

Editor / Director/ Camera
Eduard Figueres