Music for Viola Bastarda (Indiana University Social Science Series; No. 31) (Paperback)

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Music for Viola Bastarda (Indiana University Social Science Series; No. 31) (Paperback)

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The term "viola bastarda" refers to both an instrument and a style of playing that is one of the crowning achievements of musical mannerism. The Italian repertory for the solo viola da gamba in the 16th and early 17th centuries was largely music played "alla bastarda," an art of performance in which a polyphonic composition is transformed into a single melodic line derived from the original parts and spanning their ranges.

Jason Paras has traced the development of the "viola bastarda" and has assembled and transcribed 46 peices in this genre. The music in his collection is a rich and fascinating repertory that is rarely heard today. This anthology is an invitation to present-day players to recreate the improvisation practice of the 16th and 17th centuries in ways not fully disclosed by ornamentation manuals of that time.

Product Details ISBN: 9780253388247
ISBN-10: 0253388244
Publisher: Indiana University Press
Publication Date: April 22nd, 1986
Pages: 256
Language: English
Series: Indiana University Social Science Series; No. 31