In a question about the program of music theory I read the term keyboard reconstruction.link

What does it mean?


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He is referring to the ABRSM Theory syllabus, Grade 8.


I think 'Keyboard reconstruction' may be a corruption of 'keyboard realization'.

"Continuation of a given opening of a passage from a Baroque trio sonata for two treble instruments and basso continuo. The basso continuo part will be given throughout and fully figured (but a realization for keyboard will not be required)."

I also see the possibility if it being a corruption of some other part of the syllabus. It may be that @Lenna, the original questioner, is confused over the requirements. So it's pointless to analyse his description of them too rigorously.

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    The link I posted in a comment suggests keyboard reconstruction is about "following the style of the given material to write something which fits convincingly". So you get a piece with a part missing, and you have to "reconstruct" the missing part. Mar 27, 2019 at 23:36
  • (but a realization for keyboard will not be required). Exactly this task would make sense - but this isn‘t required. So it is to set tha bass line to a given tune, or the opposie? Or is the term only regarding the trio sonate to complete the missing part adding it to 2 others? Mar 28, 2019 at 5:20
  • @YourUncleBob Continuo parts are improvised, so there is no original score to reconstruct, hence the term ' reconstruct' doesn't seem to make sense in this sentence. Apr 1, 2019 at 21:04

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