Giovanni Bassano, Complete Bass and Tenor Solo Diminutions
D-Hs M B/2488
Bassano's diminuzioni on nine vocal pieces by
Palestrina, Striggio, Da Rore et al.
Printed Edition £18.00 (plus p&p)
Full score and separate solo part
Edited with English Translations by David Yacus
In 1591 the Venetian printing house of Giacomo Vincenti published Motteti, Madrigali, et Canzoni francese, Di diversi Eccelentissimi Auttori à Quattro, Cinque, & Sei Voci. Diminuiti per sonar con ogni sorte di Stromenti, & anco per cantar con Semplice voce. It is the second of two publications by Giovanni Bassano, Musico della Serenissima Signoria di Venetia, that deals with diminuzioni, the practice of replacing the note values of a musical line with shorter notes, so that the line becomes embellished. The 1591 collection is notable for being the first theoretical method dedicated entirely to providing examples of diminuzioni on whole, pre-existing musical compositions; it is likewise notable for the inclusion of nine sets of diminuzioni for bass instrument or voice, presented here in modern transcription, together with a reduction of the polyphonic model from which each derives.
This editions presents all nine of Bassano's dimiuzioni for tenor and bass instruments together for the first time as a performance edition. English translations of the texts of the original madrigals and motets, and of Bassano's introduction, are also given.