Johann David Heinichen's Comprehensive Instruction on Basso Continuo

Johann David Heinichen's Comprehensive Instruction on Basso Continuo

with Historical Biographies

Benedikt Brilmayer, Casey Mongoven

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Pendragon Press

Overview

Overview

This book is the first translation of Johann David Heinichen's Gründliche Anweisung from 1711, in which he sought to develop a novel, methodical approach to basso continuo instruction. He begins with an extensive Foreword, in which he provides valuable insight into the vivid discussion of musical aesthetics taking place at that time. In the first part, conceived for the beginner, Heinichen lays out the fundamentals of figures, chords, meter and simple ornaments. In the second part, in a thorough discussion of various methods for realizing basso continuo where no figures are given, an entire cantata by Francesco Cesarini (1664-1730) is analyzed down to the smallest detail, and the figures which belong are explained. After this he unveils for the first time in music history the circle of fifths with interspersed major and minor keys, through the understanding of which one could traverse through all the keys without offense. The Neu erfundene und gründliche Anweisung supplied what Heinichen perceived to be lacking in instruction at that time: a thorough and orderly method of instruction, providing a short path to the acquisition of basso continuo. One of this translation's distinguishing features is its comprehensive Appendix A, which contains the largest amount of information on the life of Johann David Heinichen currently available. It consists of biographies by well-known German authors including those of Johann Gottfried Walther, Ernst Ludwig Gerber, Hugo Riemann, Gustav Adolph Seibel as well as letters of Johann David Heinichen."

Details

June 2012
1 black and white, 265 line illustrations
271 pages
9x6 in
Harmonologia
ISBN: 9781576472095
Format: Paperback
Pendragon Press
BIC AV
BISAC MUS041000, MUS000000
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