Music in the Galant Style

ISBN : 9780190095819

Robert Gjerdingen
528 Pages
216 x 279 mm
Pub date
Dec 2019
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Music in the Galant Style is an authoritative and readily understandable study of the core compositional style of the eighteenth century.
Gjerdingen adopts a unique approach, based on a massive but little-known corpus of pedagogical workbooks used by the most influential teachers of the century, the Italian partimenti.
He has brought this vital repository of compositional methods into confrontation with a set of schemata distilled from an enormous body of eighteenth-century music, much of it known only to specialists, formative of the "galant style."



1. Introduction

/Part I - Children in Need

2. Little Boys on Their Own

3. Masters Take Up the Challenge

4. Child Labor

5. Institutionalized Apprenticeship

6. Social Class

/Part II - Technologies of Training

7. Schemas and Exemplars

8.Solfeggi and the Acquisition of Style

9.Partimenti and the Power of Improvisation

10. Counterpoint and Collocation

11. Intavolature and the Techniques of Instruments.

12. Dispositions and the Mastery of Complexity

Part III - Trial by Contest

13. Little Masters, Real Masters, and Masterpieces

14. The Contest Piece as a Probe of Memory

15. Affordance and the Musical Habitus

16. Predicting Creativity Within a Tradition

17. A Sickly Young Woman Speaks Elegant Harmony

Part IV - Transforming Commonplaces

18. The Oval and Cross

19. A Framework for Elaboration

20. The Beaux-Arts Framework

21. A Beaux-Arts Framework for Music

22. Learning Old Music in an Age of Digital Reproduction

Appendix A: For Further Study

Appendix B: Movimenti, Schemas, and Exemplars

Index of Names

About the author: 

Robert Gjerdingen is Professor of Music at Northwestern University's School of Music

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