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Figured Bass Accompaniment in Europe


edited by Livio Ticli, Turnhout, Brepols, 2023 (Musica Incarnata: Pedagogy, Performance and Market, 2), isbn 978-2-503-60851-8.

At the very end of his new and charming chapter included in this volume, Thomas Christensen sensuously claims that «for each generation, figured bass has something new to say, though it rarely gives up its secrets without a fight». This book, therefore, attempts to do justice to the “fight” lead by sixteen internationally-renowned scholars who ventured mapping the figured bass accompaniment in Europe through a wide timespan: from the early-seventeenth-century Germany to late continuo realisations by Johannes Brahms and Robert Franz. The volume also addresses several issues such as different ways to sketch and write extensively the instrumental accompaniment, its rendition into practice and how to teach and apply formulas for improvising (and realising) a contrapuntal texture over the bass. For the first time, counterpoint, basso continuo and partimento are put into dialogue, overcoming terminological antinomies and underlining the points of continuity amongst different accompaniment practices in France, Germany, England and Spain for over three centuries. Case studies shed some lights on accompaniment of specific instruments such as cello and guitar.

Livio Ticli is a musicologist, singer and player (keyboards and harp). He teaches Basso Continuo, Renaissance Singing and Ornamentation at the Istituto Italiano di Musica Antica (co-chairing Brescia Early Music Department); History of Music at Alessandria Conservatory and Solmisation Practice at Vicenza Conservatory. He collaborates with editorial boards such as the Tasso-in-Music Project (Massachusetts and Stanford University), Musiche Italiane del Seicento (LIM), and he is general editor of the book series Antichi Maestri (LeMus) and Musica Incarnata (Brepols).