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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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A Framework for Elaboration

A Framework for Elaboration

The Moti Del Basso in Naples

(p.259) 19 A Framework for Elaboration
Child Composers in the Old Conservatories

Robert O. Gjerdingen

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The bass motions known in Naples as movimenti, and the contrapuntal collocations associated with them, would rarely be presented plainly in a real composition. Apprentice composers needed to learn how to decorate and embellish the plain melodies. Because this usually involved inserting notes with lesser time values, these embellishments could be termed “diminutions.” Lessons from the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries present dozens of ways in which to “diminish” a given melody or bass. Counterpoint itself could be thought of as a way of embellishing a given musical subject.

Keywords:   Movimenti, Marches harmoniques, Niccolò Zingarelli, Padre Martini, Hippolyte Colet, Auguste Panseron, Vincenzo Lavigna

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