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Child Composers in the Old ConservatoriesHow Orphans Became Elite Musicians$
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Robert O. Gjerdingen

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780190653590

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2020

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190653590.001.0001

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Intavolature and the Techniques of Instruments

Intavolature and the Techniques of Instruments

(p.145) 11 Intavolature and the Techniques of Instruments
Child Composers in the Old Conservatories

Robert O. Gjerdingen

Oxford University Press

The notion of multiple voices coming together in harmony was deeply engrained in European ideas of fine music. For little hands playing a harpsichord, to capture the effect of multiple voices required some practice and special techniques. Intavolature were teaching pieces for beginning keyboard players. These pieces both introduced the basics of keyboard technique and demonstrated how to perform the most common schemas. Intavolature also provide us today with models for what the texture and level of difficulty might have been for realizations of partimenti.

Keywords:   Intavolatura, Keyboard works, Leonardo Leo, Carlo Cotumacci, Fedele Fenaroli, Domenico Cimarosa

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