Agazzari, Agostino | Del sonare sopra'l basso con tutti li stromenti e delluso loro nel conserto (1607)

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  • Instrumentation: lute, theorbo, chitarra, harpsichord, organ, harp
  • Edition: Facsimile | Domenico Falcini, Siena, 1607
  • 1 volume, 12 pages | B&W
  • Language: Italian

One of the earliest and most important treatises on basso continuo.

This treatise was immensely important in the diffusion of the technique throughout Europe: for example, Michael Praetorius used large portions of it in his Syntagma musicum in Germany in 1618-1619. As was true with many late Renaissance and early Baroque theoretical treatises, it described a practice which was already occurring. In large part it was based on a study of his friend Lodovico Grossi da Viadana's Cento concerti ecclesiastici (published in Venice in 1602), the first collection of sacred music to use the basso continuo.

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