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Ancient music adapted to modern practice

Author: Nicola Vicentino; Maria Rika Maniates; Claude V Palisca
Publisher: New Haven : Yale University Press, ©1996.
Series: Music theory translation series.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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First published in Rome in 1555, Nicola Vicentino's treatise was one of the most influential music theory texts of the sixteenth century. This translation by Maria Rika Maniates is the first English-language edition of Vicentino's important work. Unlike most early theorists, Vicentino did not simply summarize the practice of his time. His aim was to change how composers wrote and how musicians thought about music.
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Genre/Form: Early works
Early works to 1800
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Nicola Vicentino; Maria Rika Maniates; Claude V Palisca
ISBN: 0300066015 9780300066012
OCLC Number: 33865014
Description: lxix, 487 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Contents: Ancient Music Adapted to Modern Practice --
Book on Music Theory --
Book on Music Practice --
Vicentino's Petition to Venice for a Printing Privilege --
Diagram of the Keys in One Octave on the Archicembalo --
Chart of the Steps from the Comma to the Proximate Major Third --
Copy of the Original Warrant Made on the Debate --
Table of the Names of the Keys on the Archicembalo in Descending Order --
Table of String Lengths Based on Lemme Rossi --
Table of Cents Values for the First Tuning System of the Archicembalo --
Table of Cents Values for the Second Tuning System on the Archicembalo --
Table of the Major and Minor Triads in the Second Tuning of the Archicembalo.
Series Title: Music theory translation series.
Other Titles: Antica musica ridotta alla moderna prattica.
Responsibility: Nicola Vicentino ; translated with introduction and notes by Maria Rika Maniates ; edited by Claude V. Palisca.

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First published in Rome in 1555, Nicola Vicentino's treatise was one of the most influential music theory texts of the sixteenth century. This translation by Maria Rika Maniates is the first English-language edition of Vicentino's important work. Unlike most early theorists, Vicentino did not simply summarize the practice of his time. His aim was to change how composers wrote and how musicians thought about music.

His best-known contribution is the adaptation of the ancient Greek chromatic and enharmonic genera to modern polyphonic practice. But he also expressed the avant-garde's position on the relation between music and the subject matter and feelings of a secular or sacred text. He challenged the view that part writing always had to conform to the rules of counterpoint, asserting that license was permissible in order to express the feelings of a verbal text. In this he anticipated the manifestos of Vincenzo Galilei and Claudio Monteverdi. Maniates' introduction discusses Vicentino's life and work, the sources of his ideas in earlier theoretical literature, and the contemporary humanists from whom he may have learned.

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