Duet in Em: Gigue avec Contrepartie

  Duet in Em: Gigue avec Contrepartie  
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ComposerGiuseppe Antonio Brescianello
Solomon Lytle
Genre Classical / Instrumental
Instrumentation Classical guitar
Scored forDuo
Type of scoreScore for two performers
Key E minor
Movement(s) 1 to 1 from 1
Duration 1'30"
Difficulty Medium
Year of composition 1730
Description This duet contains an original second guitar part to the beautiful Gigue by the Italian Baroque composer, Giuseppe Antonio Brescianello (ca.1690-1758). It is the final movement from his "Partita in Em", which was written for the colascione: an instrument similar to the lute.

The practice of writing accompanying second parts to pre-existing solos was not unusual in the Renaissance and Baroque periods. Examples of these "Contreparties" can be found in the works of Francesco Canova di Milano and Robert de Visee, to name only two.

Figured bass is, itself, a form of shorthand intended to provide only the basic outline of chords, and their inversions, with much interpretation and even improvisation left to the performer. Naturally, once a suitable accompaniment was created, all that remained was to commit it paper.


Upload date 17 Feb 2014


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