24 Italian Songs and Arias - Medium High Voice (Book Only): by Hal Leonard Corp.

By Hal Leonard Corp.

For good over a century, the G. Schirmer variation of 24 Italian Songs & Arias of the seventeenth and 18th Centuries has brought thousands of starting singers to severe Italian vocal literature. provided in available keys appropriate for all singers, it really is more likely to be the 1st ebook a voice instructor will ask a first-time pupil to buy. The vintage Parisotti realizations bring about wealthy, pleasing accompaniments which enable singers natural musical entertainment. For ease of perform, conscientiously ready accompaniments also are on hand that have been recorded by way of John Keene, a brand new York-based live performance accompanist and vocal trainer who has played in the course of the usa for radio and tv. informed on the collage of Southern California, Keene has taught accompanying on the college point and collaborated with Gian Carlo Menotti and Thea Musgrave on productions in their operas.

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U nfortunately, due to the strong bias that most musicologists have toward keyboard instruments , nearly all modern academic books on continuo playing contain only the fussy, textbook-like “rules” of maintaining voice-leading, chord voicing, and prescribed textures that pertain to keyboards, and 27 T h e Basic s which relate little if at all to the information found in the original sources that deal with plucked instruments. It is therefore important to seek out the few modern writings that deal specifically with the fundamentals of the figured bass system as it relates to our instruments.

S elective playing of bourdons 26 8 A N o t e o n B a s s o C o n tin u o A s pr e v io usl y no t e d, the baroque guitar, like the harpsichord, organ, lute, theor� bo, harp, lirone, and other chord-playing instruments, was also used to accompany the voice, solo instruments, and vocal and instrumental ensembles. This involved reading from a bass clef line with or without the figures beneath the notes that helped the accompanist to realize the intended harmonies (basso continuo). The harmonies were never written out in full in the Baroque era (as they were for accompanists in the Classical and R omantic periods), but were improvised from the bass line.

Pay special attention to the spicy discords in bars 3 and 11. A lthough these are only two- or three-note chords, they still should be spread to emphasize the discords. In the second statement of the ground, note the slight variations in harmony beginning in bar 17 and the introduction of unexpected dominant sevenths in bars 18 and 19. The third statement of the ground at bar 33 is written entirely in cascading campanelas, which pour out in a nonstop stream of single-line notes. This section is usually omitted from the transcriptions of the piece for classical guitar.

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