By Robert Gjerdingen
Song within the Galant sort is an authoritative and comfortably comprehensible learn of the middle compositional sort of the eighteenth century. Gjerdingen adopts a distinct strategy, in response to an important yet little-known corpus of pedagogical workbooks utilized by the main influential academics of the century, the Italian partimenti. He has introduced this important repository of compositional equipment into war of words with a collection of schemata distilled from a major physique of eighteenth-century song, a lot of it identified merely to experts, formative of the "galant style."
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Greco taught the first generation of galant composers in Naples, so one might leap to the conclusion that Arrau's performances of eighteenthcentury music benefited from this apparently unbroken connection to the roots of the galant musical past. "54 Wax cylinder recordings from the end of the nineteenth century have made it clear that traditions of performance changed dramatically during the twentieth century. Historical studies of still earlier traditions chronicle the equally dramatic changes that also occurred during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.
As the potsherds from my excavations I present musical phrases—simple musical behaviors from a different time, now given voice in a different social setting. Can we hear them as Voltaire, Jefferson, or Mozart heard them? Perhaps that is an unrealistic question. 57 The all-white classical building has become fully integrated into the modern worldview as a symbol of various staid institutions. My studies and those of other scholars show that the late works of Mozart were difficult for galant listeners to understand.
These outlines are jejune substitutes for real biography, attempting only to highlight for the non-specialist reader the web of personal and professional connections that linked musicians in different courts, chapels, and cities. N A M E S OF S C H E M A T A . I follow in the footsteps of Joseph Riepel, the eighteenthcentury writer and chapel master at Regensburg who gave names to several important musical schemata. I use Riepel's names and other names known in the eighteenth century where possible, but I do not hesitate to add new names to the canon.