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Here begins the book known as a declaration of musical instruments

  • Here begins the book known as a declaration of musical instruments © Biblioteca Nacional de España

    Here begins the book known as a declaration of musical instruments © Biblioteca Nacional de España

     
  

Category

Printed documents

Date

1555

Artist

Fray Juan Bermudo

Cultural background

Renaissance

Original title

Comiença el libro llamado declaraciõ de instrumetos musicales
Spanish National Library
Madrid
Madrid
Madrid

This is one of the great Spanish Renaissance treatises and is a valuable source of information on the development of instrumental music and the evolution of musical thought throughout the 16th century.

This first edition is a summary (Book One) of what were intended to be four separate books. The book entitled 'Arte tripharia' was published one year later. The term 'tripharia' refers to Bermudo's classification of musical instruments into three groups: 'natural' (the human voice), 'artificial' ('touching' or string instruments), and 'intermediate' (wind instruments, including the organ).
This edition includes a series of original compositions for educational purposes designed to teach the compositional techniques which were common at the time. These combine many of the treatises of the earlier editions.
 

Details of the work

Object
Book

Place of production
Published in 1555 by Juan de Leon.

  

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