Inventions [Bach revisited]  workshop & concert

A workshop about playing and creating together, using simple songs and themes as a starting point. Bring your favourite song or melody, and discover what it can become.

‘Inventions’ is a journey into the act of creating, a glimpse into the mind of a composer, and an exciting duel between two musicians.

In Bach’s time, ‘Invention’ implied a theme or a musical idea, which could be developed and used in many different ways (very much in the sense of a creativity exercise where one has to think of as many ways to use a paperclip as possible).

Bach reused entire pieces, and could improvise on a simple chorale melody for hours. How does a violin partita sound on the Chinese wind instrument, Sheng? And how does a chorale sound with constantly changing transformations on top?

In his Inventions, Bach takes a short melodic idea (sometimes even from another composer such as Pachelbel) and works it out, like a character in a story, always the same but always changing.
In this most challenging form of improvisation, we create a theme with the help of the audience (and branches).
Then we act out a musical dialogue; unlike a keyboard player, one player may not always know exactly which way the other will take it, and this excitement and playfulness lies at the heart of every Scroll Ensemble concert.

Come and be part of the invention!

23 February 15:00 workshop 16:30 concert
Dienstencentrum Copernicus - Daguerrestraat 16 - Den Haag
Invention on the taste of food served at the Thüringer Bachwochen 2 years ago.

New material coming up


A small heads up, but in February James and Robert are diving back behind the camera to get lots more material out there for you. We have "like a lot of plans". Do you want to let us know what YOU might want to see / hear about, let us know here at this link !

A bite at the Opera - Purcell's The Fairy Queen with dinner at the Zindering, singers, The Scroll Ensemble and of course lots of unexpected magical things happening. The script is ready, the menu set, the music almost in our minds.

16th of February - Utrecht - with Stadsschouwburg Utrecht, Robin Coops and Opera2Day
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