By Michael Praetorius
Michael Praetorius (1571-1621) was once some of the most flexible, wide-ranging, and prolific German composers of the 17th century. additionally very important as a theorist, his Syntagma Musicum, penned round 1619, used to be initially deliberate in 4 elements. He accomplished in simple terms 3, with the 1st discussing where of song within the church, whereas quantity II all for musical tools. quantity III offers with terminology, theoretical concerns, and function practice.
More than the other resource from this era, quantity III offers the main thorough assurance of functionality perform problems with the overdue 16th and early 17th centuries. It bargains specified remark in regards to the functionality of specific items of song, together with lots of Praetorius's personal, in addition to these by means of Lassus, Gabrieli, Monteverdi, and Schütz. all through, Praetorius deals immensely functional insights on a number of themes similar to the definition and type of vocal kinds, the names and features of tools, association of large-scale works for a number of choirs, description of ligatures, use of proportions, time signatures, transposition, instructing the Italian demeanour of making a song, the kinds of ornamentation utilized in Italy within the first 20 years of the 17th century-and a lot more.
Praetorius is the main usually quoted and excerpted author on functionality perform. during this translation, musicologist and early track practitioner Jeffery T. Kite-Powell labored with notoriously tricky syntax to supply a definitive English variation of this significant paintings. for contemporary students, this quantity is the preeminent resource of latest info on functionality perform for the past due Renaissance and early Baroque classes. This crucial source will permit performers to recreate the tune of the interval in a traditionally educated manner.
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