The Art of Counterpoint: Part Three of Le Istitutioni harmoniche, 1558

The Art of Counterpoint: Part Three of Le Istitutioni harmoniche, 1558


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“Translated by Professors Marco and Palisca in an exemplary manner, [Part III concerns] the materials and methods of composition . . . for voices. . . . [The] eighty chapters [are] arranged in a logical progression of intricacy, beginning with the materials of counterpoint, intervals, rules of consonance and dissonance, and proceeding finally . . . to a discussion of chromaticisim and its faults.” —Journal of the American Musicological Society

Zarlino’s Le Istitutioni harmoniche, published in 1558, is one of the most influential music treatises of all time. To his contemporaries it revealed the secrets of composition he had learned from Adrian Willaert, who brought to Italy the polyphonic art of the Netherlands. To the modern scholar Zarlino’s treatise illumines the compositional technique of the golden age of vocal polyphony. The essence of this art is contained in Part III, “The Art of Counterpoint,” which is here translated into English for the first time.

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ISBN-13: 9780393008333
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 11/17/1976
Series: Norton Library Series
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 631,551
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Claude V. Palisca, late professor of music at Yale University, began his collaboration on A History of Western Music with the Third Edition. Among his many publications are a history of Baroque music and a collection of scholarly essays on Italian Renaissance music.

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