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The Italian Keyboard Toccata c. 1615-1650: A Repository for Oral Compositional Practices

Barker, Naomi J. (2019). The Italian Keyboard Toccata c. 1615-1650: A Repository for Oral Compositional Practices. Royal Musical Association Research Chronicle, 50(1) pp. 1–28.

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Abstract

This research uses statistical analysis of a sample of keyboard toccatas including pieces by Frescobaldi, Rossi, Froberger and the anonymous composer of the manuscript R-Vat Mus Chigi Q.IV.25 to investigate the extent to which surviving written examples of the genre contain indicators of their unwritten compositional processes. The results of the analysis indicate that within the measurably formulaic textural disposition, there are clearly defined motivic patterns and melodic shapes that are present in the work of all three composers. The intertextuality thus implied is indicative of common unwritten procedures used in the process of composing toccatas at the keyboard and undermines common assumptions about the use of concordances between sources as indicative of authorship.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2018 The Royal Musical Association
ISSN: 1472-3808
Keywords: Frescobaldi; Froberger; Rossi; Chigi; seventeenth-century keyboard toccata; compositional process; improvisation
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Arts and Cultures > Music
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Arts and Cultures
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS)
Item ID: 57774
Depositing User: Naomi Barker
Date Deposited: 20 Nov 2018 09:19
Last Modified: 24 Jun 2019 21:58
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/57774
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