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The The Theoretical-Practical Elements of Music, Parts III and IV
by Francesco Galeazzi
introduction by Deborah Burton and Gregory W. Harwood
University of Illinois Press, 2012
eISBN: 978-0-252-09418-7 | Cloth: 978-0-252-03708-5
Library of Congress Classification MT6.G35E4413 2012
Dewey Decimal Classification 781

A virtuoso violinist, conductor, composer, and a professor of mathematics and botany, Francesco Galeazzi (1758–1819) firmly believed that musical education should be clear, demonstrable, and practical. In 1791 and 1796, he published the two volumes of his Elementi teorico-practici di musica, a treatise that demonstrated both his thorough grounding in the work of earlier theorists and his own approach to musical study. The first volume gave precise instructions on the violin and how to play it; the second demonstrated his command of other instruments and genres and provided comprehensive introductions to music theory, music history, and music aesthetics. The treatise also addresses the nature of compositional process and eighteenth-century concerns about natural and acquired talent and creativity.
This volume offers an unprecedented English translation of the second volume of Elementi teorico-practici di musica, with annotations and commentary. The translation is introduced with a study of Galeazzi's life and milieu, the genesis and sources for the Elementi, and its reception through the present day.

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