Symposium: Markus Schwenkreis & Johannes Menke

On May 22th(Wednesday) – 23th(Thursday) – 24th(Friday) the Department of Music Theory of the Royal Conservatoire in The Hague organizes a symposium, in which two international music theorists are invited as guest lecturers: Markus Schwenkreis and Johannes Menke, both teachers and scholars at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis. The symposium will be organized in cooperation with the RC Department of Early Music and we would like to focus on two important books from Basel, namely Schwenkreis’s Compendium Improvisation – ‘Fantasieren’ based on historical sources from the 17th and 18th centuries (Schwabe-Verlag 2018), and Menke’s Counterpoint II: The Music of the Baroque(Laaber 2017).

It is our intention within these three days to organize lectures and workshops on important topics from these two books, both from an academic perspective and from a music education practice at a conservatoire. Below, you’ll find the exact program and the time table. The symposium is primarily focused on the Major Music Theory students and interested students of the Department of Early Music, as well as on their teachers. In addition, the Dutch-Flemish Society for Music Theory (VvM) will be involved - so we also expect interested members from this field.

NB: all sessions take place in the Nieuwe Badkapel, Nieuwe Parklaan 90, 2587 BV The Hague (Scheveningen); entrance at the rear of the building. The working language will be English, and there will be free access. The Badkapel is very easy to reach with tram line 9 (stop in front of the entrance), approx. 15 minutes travel from The Hague Central. The cycling time from the Conservatory is approx. 20 minutes.


Bert Mooiman (lecturer Theory of Music)
Paul Scheepers (lecturer and coordinator Theory of Music)
David Lodewyckx (Deputy Chairman of the VvM)

For more information: please don’t hesitate to contact Paul Scheepers and Bert Mooiman.



Wed 22 May 2019 10.00 - Fri 24 May 2019 16.30


Nieuwe Badkapel, Scheveningen