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The Solfeggio TraditionA Forgotten Art of Melody in the Long Eighteenth Century$
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Nicholas Baragwanath

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780197514085

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2020

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780197514085.001.0001

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Solano and Sabbatini on Modulation

Solano and Sabbatini on Modulation

(p.213) 9 Solano and Sabbatini on Modulation
The Solfeggio Tradition

Nicholas Baragwanath

Oxford University Press

The chapter completes the overview of lessons by outlining the main ways to modulate in solfeggio by singing fa as mi and vice versa. Its discussion of two important sources, Luigi Sabbatini in Italy and Francisco Solano in Portugual, provides supporting evidence for the reconstruction of solmization put forward in earlier chapters. It also documents how maestros would set didactic traps toward the end of solfeggi to test the singer’s ability to recognize the altered fourth and seventh. These ruses probably provided a welcome moment of light relief toward the close of a lesson, as well as hammering home the essential rules of key and modulation. They went on to form the punchline of many a musical joke in compositions for the chamber or theater.

Keywords:   music theory, modulation, circle of fifths, Francisco Solano, Luigi Sabbatini, musical jokes

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