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Bornstein, Andrea
Two-Part Italian Didactic Music. Printed Collections of the Renaissance and Baroque (1521-1744)

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Author: Andrea Bornstein
Publication Date: 2004
Series: Duo
Pages: pp. 944 (3 Vols.)
Size: 170x240 mm
Binding: Hardback (Cloth Hard Cover with Jacket)
ISBN: 978-88-8109-449-3
Code: DUO 47


Two-part compositions were one of the main means through which music was taught during the Renaissance and Baroque periods, and they therefore played an important role in preparing both professional and amateur musicians. This book deals with the published volumes of duos ranging in date from 1521, the year when the first collection was issued, to 1744, the date of publication of Angelo Bertalotti’s Solfeggi. The importance of duos during this period is evidenced by the number of extant collections – more than sixty in Italy alone – and these publications reveal an essential continuity in the teaching of music theory and practice over a period of 250 years. So far, only a fraction of the music used for this purpose has been studied by other scholars.
During this period all two-part didactic music served consistent and well-defined functions: the teaching of note-values and solmization; the teaching of modality and composition; as the basis for practising both vocal and instrumental music. This work traces the history of the genre, analyses aspects of the compositional structure of duos and examines in detail the various functions of duos. It also considers the intended readership of volumes of duos, through study of the publishers, composers and dedicatees involved.
Andrea Bornstein graduated in Flauto dolce at the Conservatoire of Bologna with 10/10 in 1981. From 1979 to 1996 he has been an active member of the Oswald von Wolkenstein Ensemble, and its artistic director from 1983.
In 1996 he moved to England and was awarded a PhD in Music at the University of Birmingham in 2001, under the supervision of Prof. John Whenham. This book is based on his doctoral dissertation.
Since 2003 he has been working in Italy, at the University of Rome 2 «Tor Vergata».

Series Details

Two-Part Music

In the Renaissance and post-Renaissance period, two-part compositions were one of the main subjects in musical teaching and therefore played an important role in preparing both professional and amateur musicians. This series means to publish, in modern edition, all the existing collections of two-part music from the past centuries.

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