TITLE: Imitating the Vivacity of the Human Voice
CAT# (YEAR COMPOSED): 99 (2017)
DURATION (APPROX): 6’20
“When you are imitating the vivacity of a human voice, you must ornament accordingly..” Sylvestro Ganassi dal Fontego, Venice
This piece is a continuation of recent interest in ornamentation. In the Baroque period, ornamentation became quite extensive and it was common for performers to improvise these embellishments on a given melodic line during repeated sections.
In my composition, ornamentation occurs in two ways: 1) with typical Baroque symbols; and 2) written-out ornaments from a treatise by Silvestro Ganassi titled, dal Fontego Opera intitulata Fontegara (Venice, 1535).