Syntagma Musicum III

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Oxford University Press, USA, Mar 18, 2004 - Music - 265 pages
Michael Praetorius (1571-1621) was one of the most versatile, wide-ranging, and prolific German composers of the seventeenth century. Also important as a theorist, his Syntagma Musicum, penned around 1619, was originally planned in four parts. He completed only three, with the first discussing the place of music in the church, while Volume II focused on musical instruments. Volume III deals with terminology, theoretical issues, and performance practice.More than any other source from this period, Volume III provides the most thorough coverage of performance practice issues of the late sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries. It offers detailed commentary about the performance of particular pieces of music, including many of Praetorius's own, as well as those by Lassus, Gabrieli, Monteverdi, and Schutz. Throughout, Praetorius offers immensely practical insights on numerous topics such as the definition and classification of vocal forms, the names and characteristics of instruments, arrangement of large-scale works for multiple choirs, description of ligatures, use of proportions, time signatures, transposition, teaching the Italian manner of singing, the types of ornamentation used in Italy in the first two decades of the seventeenth century-and much more.Praetorius is the most often quoted and excerpted writer on performance practice. In this translation, musicologist and early music practitioner Jeffery T. Kite-Powell worked with notoriously difficult syntax to produce a definitive English edition of this important work. For modern scholars, this volume is the preeminent source of contemporary information on performance practice for the late Renaissance and early Baroque periods. This essential resource will enable performers to recreate the music of the period in a historically informed manner.
 

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Contents

Concertos Motets and Falsobordoni 3 Madrigals Stanzas Sestinas and Sonnets 4 Dialogues Canzonas Canzonettas and Arias 5 Messanzas and Quodlib...
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Giustinianas Serenades and Balletts 7 Vinettas Giardinieras and Villanellas 8 Fantasies and Sonatas 9 Intradas Toccatas
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Modes 7 Meter and Time Signatures
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Distribution of Parts in Concertos and Motets
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Styles of Composition
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Capella palchetto raised choir
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Instruction for Choirboys
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Names of instruments in Italian
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Appendix A Index of Authors
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Appendix B Discography
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Ligatures
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Notation of Tripla and Sesquialtera
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Accidentals 4 Counting Rests
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Strokes and Tactus
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Capella Chorus pro Capella Palchetto
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Capella Fidicinum
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Classification of Instruments
129
Names of Instruments
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Thoroughbass
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Jeffery T. Kite-Powell is Professor and Chair of the Music History and Musicology Department at The Florida State University and director of the FSU Early Music Program. He edited A Performer's Guide to Renaissance Music and authored The Visby (Petri) Organ Tablature-Investigation and Critical Edition. His vocal group, Cantores Musicae Antiquae, has performed at meetings of major music societies and has also appeared on National Public Radio's Millennium of Music. Dr. Kite-Powell has been an early music clinician at the Amherst Early Music Institute and other workshops, and has lectured at conferences around the world.

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