Volume 5, no. 1:
Bruce Gustafson,* Reviews Editor
The materials listed below were submitted for review and are likely to
be of interest to readers of JSCM, but because they do not relate primarily
to seventeenth-century music or are re-issues of previously available
works they will not receive full reviews.
1.1 Companion to Baroque Music.
Compiled and edited by Julie Anne Sadie. Foreword by Christopher Hogwood.
Berkeley and Los Angeles: University of California Press, 1998 (originally
published by Schirmer Books, 1991). [xviii, 549 pp. ISBN 0-520-21414-5
- This is an unrevised paperback reprint of the 1991 work. The main
section of the book, "Places and People" (350 pages), is divided by
national school: Italy, France, Northern Europe, Central Europe, The
British Isles, The Low Countries, and The Iberian Peninsula and Its
New World Colonies. Each national section begins with an essay on a
particular topic and is followed by a biographical dictionary. The essays
are by Julie Anne Sadie, Geoffrey Webber. Susan Wollenberg, Peter Holman,
Albert Dunning, and Louise K. Stein. Six further essays and a "Chronology"
complete the book with sections on "Baroque Forces and Forms (Nigel
Rogers, Jeremy Montagu, and Sandra Mangsen) and "Performing Practice
Issues (Howard Schott, David Fuller, and Stanley Sadie).
1.2 Hexachords in Late-Renaissance Music.
By Lionel Pike. Aldershot: Ashgate, 1998. [ISBN 1-8592-455-8. $84.95.]
- The focus of this book is music from Willaert through Tomkins, essentially
the last two-thirds of the sixteenth century. The material is divided
into five chapters: "Voces Musicales" I and II, "Emulation and Parody"
I and II, and "Sorrow and Secularism."
1.3 Creative Responses to Bach from
Mozart to Hindemith. Edited by Michael Marissen. Bach Perspectives,
3. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 1998. [ISBN 0-8032-1048-5. $55.]
- This collection contains six essays: "Bach's Posthumous Role in Music
History" by Ludwig Finscher; "Bach among the Theorists" by Thomas Christensen;
"Bach and Mozart's Artistic Maturity" by Robert L. Marshall; "Bachian
Affinities in Beethoven" by William Kinderman; "Bach, Brahms, and the
Emergence of Musical Modernism" by Walter Frisch; and "Hindemith, Bach,
and the Melancholy of Obligation" by Stephen Hinton.
1.4 Jean-Baptiste-Charles de la Rousselière, Traitté des languettes impérialles pour la perfection
du clavecin (Paris, 1679). Geneva: Minkoff, 1972. [149, 3 pp.
ISBN 2-8266-0353-1. FS 45 ($30).]
- This 1972 facsimile is now again in print. The seventeen chapters
discuss matters as far afield as music in ancient Greece and the nature
of invention, one way or another relating them to his new design for
harpsichord plectra. Frank Hubbard summarized the book as follows: "De
la Rousselière's treatise on the subject contained one hundred
forty-nine pages, but the author avoided grappling with his subject
with almost uncanny skill. He never properly described the Languette
1.5 Denis Delair, Traité d'accompagnement
pour le théorbe et le clavessin (Paris, 1690). Nicolas Fleury,
Méthode pour apprendre facilement à toucher le théorbe
sur la basse-continue (Paris, 1660). Geneva: Minkoff, 1972. [61,
40 pp. ISBN 2-8266-0324-8. FS 55 ($38).]
- This facsimile edition, long unavailable, has been re-issued. It
presents the two figured-bass treatises without modern introduction
or interventions other than those of preparing the modern plates. The
Delair work is also now available in an annotated translation by Charlotte
Mattax. (note 2)
2.1 Gottlieb Nittauff. Samtliga orgelverk
/ Complete Organ Works. Edited by John Sheridan. Bibliotheca Organi
Sueciæ, 2. Stockholm: Runa Nototext, 1998 (c1996). [ix, 23
pp. ISMN M-706864-02-1. 160 Krona ($21).]
- The Stockholm composer Gottlieb Nittauff, born the same year as J.S.
Bach, left nine organ works, seven of which are dated 1711. All are
titled "Preludium," one specifying two keyboards and one specifying
the use of pedals. One of these brief works ( No. 8) has a separate
fugue, and one is sub-titled "Toccata." The edition is based on organ
tablatures in the University of Lund Library (Wenster G 27, G 42, and
3. COMPACT DISCS
3.1 War of Love. Bimbetta
(Sonja Rasmussen, Allison Zelles, Andrea Fullington, sopranos; Katherine
Shao, harpsichord; Shelley Taylor, 'cello). d'Note, 1997. [DND 1023.]
- Produced by Paul Hillier, this CD uses music by d'India, Purcell,
Monteverdi, Strozzi, Frescobaldi, Gabrielli, Peri/Amos, and Lanier.
The performers frame the pieces with modern background noise, dialogue,
poems, and compositions. An unattributed quotation in the brochure characterizes
their performances as "a blend of cabaret, commedia dell'arte, and MTV
*Bruce Gustafson (Bruce.Gustafson@fandm.edu),
President of the Society for Seventeenth-Century Music, is Charles A. Dana
Professor of Music at Franklin & Marshall College.
Return to beginning
1. Frank Hubbard, Three Centuries of Harpsichord
Making (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1967), p. 323.
Return to text
2. Denis Delair, Accompaniment on theorbo and
harpsichord: Denis Delair's treatise of 1690 (Bloomington: Indiana
University Press, 1991).
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