Italian Harpsichord, late 17th century, The Metropolitan Museum
Figures 4.2 and 4.4
Anthology 6 and Example 4.1
NEW! For more on Frescobaldi, See Girolamo Frescobaldi: An Extended Biography, a superb new website site by Frederick Hammond (Bard College)
Dario Castello, Sonata concertante in stil moderno, Book 2: Sonata no. 2, Musica Fiorita
Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck, Fantasia chromatica for organ, performed by Juergen Kursawa playing the Hauptwerk organ of Joerg Glebe in a live recording using the sample set of the Schnitger organ in Zwolle Netherlands:
Examples 4.2 and 4.3 (examples begin at 0:00 and 7:46)
Read about harpsichord tuning and listen to Sweelinck’s Fantasia chromatica in three different tunings: Meantone, Werckmeister (a late 17th-century tuning system), and Equal Temperament.
Johann Jacob Froberger, Toccata No. 1 in A minor, FbWV 101, performed by Richard Egarr. (Compare with Figure 4.5 Louis Couperin, Prelude de Mr. Couperin a l’imitation de Mr. Froberger en a mi la):
Example 4.4 (example begins at 0:00)
Tarquinio Merula, Ciaccona from Canzoni overo sonate concertate , Book 3, performed by Il Giardino Armonico:
Compare the last example to this tenor duet by Monteverdi (not discussed in the chapter), which uses the same ciaccona bass: “Zefiro Torna, o di soavi accenti” published in Monteverdi, Book 9 madrigals:
Additional Digital Resources
Visit the following websites and explore photos, sounds and other relevant discussions about 17th century instruments
- The Department of Musical Instruments of the Metropolitan Museum of Art has an extensive collection of musical instruments, some of them featured online.
- The National Music Museum has one of the largest collections of musical instruments in the world and is located at the University of South Dakota in Vermillion.
- The Museum of Fine Arts in Boston has another impressive collection of Musical Instruments with many resources on their website.
- The Yale Collection of Musical Instruments has their own online digital collection with many resources to explore their instruments by category.
- Violin makers: Nicolò Amati and Antonio Stradiveri. Article with pictures and sound files at the Metropolitan Museum
- Harpsichord by Andreas Ruckers (Antwerp, 1643).
- Baroque organ at the Örgryte New Church in Gothenburg. Discussion of North German organs, pictures, and construction process.
- What are some of the ways that national style impacted instrument construction?
- Composers of early seventeenth-century instrumental music were also interested in moving the emotions of listeners. What kinds of strategies did they use? Choose one example in your listening that you found to be particularly moving and explain why.
- Choose one baroque instrument and discuss how it differs from its modern equivalent. If possible, find a performance of a piece on YouTube that is performed on both a modern and baroque instrument. Which do you prefer, and why?
Global Resources for Chapter Four
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Silbiger, Alexander. “Passacaglia and Ciaccona: Genre Pairing and Ambiguity from Frescobaldi to Couperin.” Journal of Seventeenth-Century Music, 2, no. 1 (1996). http://www.sscm-jscm.org/v2/no1/silbiger.html
Sparti, Barbara. “Irregular and Asymmetric Galliards: The Case of Salamone Rossi.” In The Sights and Sounds of Performance in Early Music: Essays in Honor of Timothy J. McGee, ed. Maureen Epp and Brian E. Power. Farnham, Surrey, and Burlington, VT: Ashgate, 2009. http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/306802256
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