The Music for Viola Bastarda

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Jason Paras, George Houle, Glenna Houle
Indiana University Press, 1986 - Music - 232 pages
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The term "viola bastarda" refers to both an instrument and a style of playing that is one of the crowning achievements of musical mannerism. The Italian repertory for the solo viola da gamba in the 16th and early 17th centuries was largely music played "alla bastarda," an art of performance in which a polyphonic composition is transformed into a single melodic line derived from the original parts and spanning their ranges.

Jason Paras has traced the development of the "viola bastarda" and has assembled and transcribed 46 peices in this genre. The music in his collection is a rich and fascinating repertory that is rarely heard today. This anthology is an invitation to present-day players to recreate the improvisation practice of the 16th and 17th centuries in ways not fully disclosed by ornamentation manuals of that time.

  

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Contents

Francesco Rognoni Susana Dorlando Modo facile di
128
Francesco Rognoni Vestiva i colli per la Viola Al Signor Paolo Stainhauser Modo Difficile per Suonar alla Bastarda
131
Francesco Rognoni Essempi per Sonar alla Bastarda
134
Vicenzo Bonizzi Dolce memoy Doulce memoire
142
Vicenzo Bonizzi Invidioso Amor
148
Vicenzo Bonizzi louisanze
154
Vicenzo Bonizzi DAmor me playns
159
Vicenzo Bonizzi 1 En vox adieux 2 En vox adieux Altro modo
165
Angelo Notari Ben qui si mostra il ciel
185
Bartolomeo de Selma y Salaverde Vestiva hi Colli Pasegiato Basso Solo
188
FACSIMILES
209
Viola da gamba tunings Praetorius
211
Viola bastarda tunings Praetorius
212
Plate XX from Syntagma Musicum 2 Praetorius
213
O begli anni de 1oro Francesco Corteccia
214
lo vorei Dio damor FoglianoGanassi
216

Vicenzo Bonizzi Pijs me peult venir
171
Vicenzo Bonizzi La bella netta ignuda
176
Vicenzo Bonizzi Hellas comment
181
Table of viola da gamba tunings and ranges Virgiliano
217
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About the author (1986)

Houle is Professor Emeritus of Music at Stanford University and former music director of the New York Pro Musica.

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