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The Solfeggio Tradition: A Forgotten Art of Melody in the Long Eighteenth Century

Nicholas Baragwanath


The book is the first study of the solfeggio tradition, which was fundamental to the training of European musicians c. 1680–1830. It addresses one of the last major gaps in historical research concerning eighteenth-century performance and pedagogy. The method flourished in Italian conservatories for disadvantaged children, especially at Naples. The presence of large manuscript collections in European archives (almost three hundred in Italy alone) attests to the importance of this kind of exercise. Drawing on research into more than a thousand manuscript sources, the book reconstructs the way p ... More

Keywords: eighteenth-century music, historical music theory, improvisation, music pedagogy, solfeggio, solmization, Guido of Arezzo, partimento, counterpoint, apprenticeship

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780197514085
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2020 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780197514085.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Nicholas Baragwanath, author
Associate Professor of Music, University of Nottingham

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