We all play the preludes, fantasias, toccatas and fugues of Bach and earlier/later composers, but their origins are to be found in the restrained (and sometimes dull) keyboard works of 16th century Italy (with a little dash of English influence via the Low Countries and Holland - or is this just wishful thinking?).
During this talk, the layers of history are peeled back, so that the lines of evolution are easy to follow, starting with the canzoni, ricercari and little toccatas of Italy, and following through southern, then northern Germany.
This talk lasts about 60 minutes, or longer or shorter if required. All necessary equipment (projector, screen, sound system) is provided.