Jose De Torres's Treatise of 1736

Jose De Torres's Treatise of 1736 : General Rules for Accompanying on the Organ, Harpsichord, and Harp, by Knowing Only How to Sing the Part, or a Bass in Canto Figurado

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This work was the first in Spain to deal specifically and completely with thoroughbass accompaniment at the keyboard. This bilingual edition presents a readily legible transcription of the full Spanish text of the 1736 edition and with the original pagination. The Reglas Generales were first published in 1702 by Jose de Torres's own print shop in Madrid, and a second edition appeared in 1736. This work was the first in Spain to deal specifically and completely with thoroughbass accompaniment at the keyboard. Also a pioneering work for its treatment of what Torres describes as the rigorous Spanish style," this treatise approaches thoroughbass from a contrapuntal as well as a harmonic perspective. Unlike the writers of guitar treatises of the same period, Torres considers chord inversion and voice leading in the realisation of the bass. This bilingual edition presents a readily legible transcription of the full Spanish text of the 1736 edition and with the original pagination with the English translation facing the original, the reader can easily move between the Spanish and English versions. Musical examples are given in facsimile with the Spanish text and in modern notation in the translation. Annotations to the translation are easily located, yet unobtrusive."show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 320 pages
  • 154.9 x 236.2 x 25.4mm | 498.96g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English, Spanish
  • Annotated
  • Annotated bilingual ed
  • 0253213851
  • 9780253213853

About Jose De Torres

Paul Murphy is Associate Professor at the State University of New York, College at Fredonia. Trained both in music theory and performance, he has been active as a piano soloist and accompanist, as well as a musical director, conductor, and arranger. Preparation of present volume was assisted by a grant from the Society for Music Theory.show more

Review quote

"Paul Murphy's translation is sensible, lively and idiomatic, and he gives a diplomatic transcript of the Spanish text (with facsimile examples) and the English translation (with transcriptions) on facing pages." Early Music"show more

Table of contents

Table of Contents Introduction General Rules of Accompanying Prefatory Pages :First Tratado, on the Fundamentals That Must Precede Accompaniment Second Tratado, in Which Is Taught the Method of Accompanying by Placing Simple, or Unsuspended Voices over All of the Movements of the Bass Third Tradado, in Which Is Taught the Method of Accompanying, Using All of the False Intervals, Both within and outside of the Suspension Added Fourth Tratado, in Which Is Explained the Method of Accompanying According to the Italian Style Notes Bibliographyshow more