olin Coleman Music

Id 27608
Category antiquarian book
Author / Composer VICENTINO, Nicola (1511-1576?)
Title L'antica musica ridotta alla moderna prattica, con la dichiaratione, et con gli essempi de i tre generi, con le loro spetie, et con l'inventione di uno nuovo stromento, nel quale si contiene tutta la perfetta musicae, con molti segreti musicali. Nuovamente mess' in luce dal Reverendo M. Don Nicola Vicentino.
Place In Roma
Publisher appresso Antonio Barre
Publication Date 1557
ISBN / Plate No.
Size 4to. 146, [6 (contents)] ff.
Description Bound in sixteenth-century parchment, being a leaf from a choirbook. Opening twelve folios with upper inner corners and margins infilled/repaired; some occasional wormholes, water-stains and marks; f.105 with a small hole; ff.32-35, 39/40, 86, 89, 104-107 probably supplied from another copy as the leaves are shorter; f.91 lacking and supplied in contemporary manuscript copy; a few creases otherwise a sound copy. Woodcut initials and portrait. "The central event in his life was the famous debate with the Portuguese musician Vicente Lusitano which took place in 1551 at Rome where Vicentino had moved with his patron. Vicentino’s argument was based on a particular interpretation of the genera which he later amplified in his treatise. Instead of considering the diatonic, chromatic or enharmonic tetrachord as a unit, he maintained that the use of any one of its component members was sufficient to identify the genus. Thus, chromatic could be represented either by the complete series: minor 3rd–semitone–semitone, or by the minor 3rd alone or a semitone alone. Similarly, the use of the major 3rd could be interpreted as evidence for the existence of the enharmonic genus. In essence then, the music commonly sung was a mixture of the three genera. Lusitano disputed this, arguing that most music could be explained in terms of the diatonic gender. The final judgment signed by the papal singers Bartolomeo Escobedo and ghiselin Danckertswas in favour of Lusitano. That did not dissuade Vicentino from his experiment nor from completing his treatise L’antica musica ridotta alla moderna prattica (Rome, 1555, 2/1557) in which his theories were more fully explained" (Grove Music Online).
Reference Second edition. RISM B/VI/2 p.861 references just four copies. Not in Gregory or Bartlett.
Price £3000.00

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