Partimento and Continuo Playing in Theory and in Practice
Edited by Dirk Moelants and contributions by Thomas Christensen, Robert Gjerdingen, Giorgio Sanguinetti, and Rudolf Lutz
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This volume is a collection of essays based on lectures given at the International Orpheus Academy for Music Theory on ‘Music and Theory: Thoroughbass in Practice, Theory, and Improvisation'. Hence the point of departure was not ‘Music Theory' as such, but the interaction between music theory, music history, performance practice, aesthetics, and related sciences. This multidisciplinary approach, with the accent on the interplay between music performance and music theory, is reflected in the contributions to this book.
Thomas Christensen, in his contribution, shows how the development of tonal harmonic theory went hand in hand with the practice of thoroughbass. Both Robert Gjerdingen and Giorgio Sanguinetti focus on the Neapolitan tradition of partimento. Gjerdingen addresses the relation between the realization of partimenti and contrapuntal thinking, illustrated by examples of contrapuntal imitation and combination in partimenti, leading to the ‘partimentofugue'. Sanguinetti elaborates on the history of this partimentofugue from the early 18th until the late 19th century. Rudolf Lutz, finally, presents his use of partimenti in educational practice, giving examples of how reviving this old practice can give new insights to composers, conductors and musicians.
Thoroughbass as music theory
Partimenti written to impart a knowledge of counterpoint and composition
Partimento-fugue: the Neapolitan angle
The playing of Partimento
Format: Edited volume - ebook - PDF
Publication: June 18, 2010
Dirk Moelants is a viola da gamba player and musicologist working as a Lecturer at the University of Amsterdam and as guest Professor at Ghent University.
Giorgio Sanguinetti is Associate Professor at the University of Rome 'Tor Vergata'.
Robert Gjerdingen is Professor of Music Theory and Cognition at Northwestern University.
Rudolf Lutz is Lecturer at the University of Music in Basel, the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis, and Artistic Director of the J.S. Bach Foundation in St. Gallen.
Thomas Christensen is Professor of Music and the Humanities at the University of Chicago.