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This essay explores the understanding of tonality and in particular the concept of chord, as demonstrated in the Italian thoroughbass tradition, especially in the didactic tradition of partimenti . For a long time this tradition was entirely overlooked because of the dominance of the...
A partimento is a linear guide for the improvisation of a keyboard piece. Partimenti were developed for the training of composers in the conservatories of Naples during the eighteenth century. They contain all the information needed for the realization of complete pieces of music, and their...
Jean-Jacques Rousseau, eighteenth-century French author and philosopher, was first a musician. As a youth he had been unable to find a qualified music master and hence lacked the training required to excel in his chosen field. He did read carefully the harmony treatise of Jean-Philippe Rameau,...
The tradition of the Neapolitan school of composition (in which the partimento and its teaching techniques played a significant role) had a major influence on musical training in Paris from the second half of the eighteenth century through the first half of the nineteenth century. This article...
The teaching of music composition in Italy during the nineteenth century continued to make great use of partimenti . But during the course of the century, partimenti gradually lost their importance as guides to improvisation, transforming instead into blueprints for a written-out practice....
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