Partimento and Continuo Playing in Theory and in Practice

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This volume reflects a multidisciplinary approach, with the accent on the interplay between music performance and music theory. 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 ...

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Overview

This volume reflects a multidisciplinary approach, with the accent on the interplay between music performance and music theory. 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 eighteenth until the late nineteenth 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.

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Thomas Christensen is Professor of Music and the Humanities at the University of Chicago.

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.

Giorgio Sanguinetti is Associate Professor at the University of Rome

Dirk Moelants is Assistant and Lecturer of Music Theory and Ethnomusicology at the Department of Musicology of Universiteit Gent.

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