books

Counterpoint and Partimento

Peter van Tour, Counterpoint and Partimento: Methods of Teaching Composition in Late Eighteenth-Century Naples (Uppsala: Acta Universitatis Upsaliensis, 2015). ISBN 978-91-554-9197-0. 318 pp.

The 189 Partimenti of Nicola Sala, vol. 1

The 189 Partimenti of Nicola Sala: Complete Edition with Critical Commentary. Edited by Peter van Tour. Volume 1: Partimenti Nos. 1–100 (Uppsala: Acta Universitatis Upsaliensis, 2017). ISBN 978-91-554-9778-1. 206 pp.

The 189 Partimenti of Nicola Sala, vol. 2

The 189 Partimenti of Nicola Sala: Complete Edition with Critical Commentary. Edited by Peter van Tour. Volume 2: Partimenti Nos. 101–189 (Uppsala: Acta Universitatis Upsaliensis, 2017). ISBN 978-91-554-9779-8. 168 pp.

The 189 Partimenti of Nicola Sala, vol. 3

The 189 Partimenti of Nicola Sala: Complete Edition with Critical Commentary. Edited by Peter van Tour. Volume 3: Critical Commentary (Uppsala: Acta Universitatis Upsaliensis, 2017). Online Edition.

Studies In Historical Improvisation, ed. by Massimiliano Guido

Studies in Historical Improvisation: From Cantare Super Librum to Partimenti, edited by Massimiliano Guido (London: Routledge, 2017). [Chapter 8: pp. 131–48] Peter van Tour, “Partimento teaching according to Francesco Durante, investigated through the earliest manuscript sources.” ISBN 978-1-4724-7327-1.

Musical Improvisation in the Baroque Era, ed. by Fulvia Morabito

Musical Improvisation in the Baroque Era, edited by Fulvia Morabito (Turnhout: Brepols, 2019). Speculum Musicae, 33, XVI+ 405 pp., ISBN 978-2-503-58369-3. pp. 371–82: Peter van Tour, «Taking a Walk at the Molo»: Partimento and the Improvised Fugue.

publications

1. Peer-reviewed Articles

2019 “Integrating Aural and Keyboard Skills in Today’s Classroom: Modern Perspectives on Eighteenth-Century Partimento Practices” in: “Angewandtes Klavierspiel”: Historische und Zeitgenössische Perspektiven | “Applied Piano”: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives., ed. Derek Remeš and Philipp Teriete. Schriften der Hochschule für Musik Freiburg. Band 9 (Hildesheim: Olms Verlag, 2019), pp. 1–27.
2019 “Some reflections about ‘il metodo di Cotumacci’” in: Studi Pergolesiani /Pergolesi Studies 11 (ISSN 2235-2678), ed. Claudio Bacciagaluppi and Marilena Laterza (Bern: Peter Lang, 2019). In print.
2019 “‘Taking a walk at the Molo’: Partimento and the Improvised Fugue,” in: «Musical Improvisation in the Baroque Era» edited by Fulvia Morabito, Turnhout, Brepols, 2019 (Speculum Musicae, 33), pp. 371–82. ISBN: 978-2-503-58369-3.
2018 “Improvised and Written Canons in Eighteenth-Century Neapolitan Conservatories,” in: Journal of the Alamire Foundation 10 (ISSN 2032-5371), pp. 133–46. Turnhout: Brepols Publishers, 2018.
2017 “Partimento Teaching according to Durante, Investigated through the Earliest Manuscript Sources,” in: Studies in Historical Improvisation: From Cantare Super Librum to Partimento. Edited by Massimiliano Guido, pp. 131–48. London: Routledge, 2017. ISBN: 978-1-472-47327-1.

2. Non Peer-reviewed Articles

2020 [forthcoming] “New Light on the Earliest History of the German School of Partimento (1695–1710)” in: The Organ Yearbook: A Journal for the Players and Historians of Keyboard Instruments, Vol. 48 (2019).
2019 “Learning Counterpoint through Partimenti and Disposizioni.” in: The Organ Yearbook: A Journal for the Players and Historians of Keyboard Instruments, Vol. 47 (2018), ed. Paul Peeters (Laaber: Laaber Verlag, 2019), pp. 79–98.

3. Monographs

2022 [Projected] Monograph.The Italian Fugue: Investigated through Young Apprentices in Eighteenth-Century Naples and Bologna. In preparation.
2015 Doctoral Dissertation, Uppsala University, Sweden. Counterpoint and Partimento: Methods of Teaching Composition in Late Eighteenth-Century Naples. (Uppsala: Acta Universitatis Upsaliensis. Studia Musicologica Upsaliensia. Nova Series 25, 2015). ISBN: 978-91-554-9197-0.

4. Published Books and Book Chapters

2017 [Two published books] The 189 Partimenti of Nicola Sala: Complete Edition with Critical Commentary (Three volumes, 415 pp. Two printed volumes [352 pp.], the third volume is the Critical Commentary [63 pp.], which is published online). Edited by Peter van Tour. (Uppsala: Acta Universitatis Upsaliensis. Studia Musicologica Upsaliensia. Nova Series 27a–c, 2017).

5. Articles in Conference Proceedings

2019 “The Missa S.ti Idelfonsi and the Missa Triplicato: Two Early Masses by Francesco Durante in the Light of his Partimento and Counterpoint Pedagogy,” keynote lecture to be read (in absentia) at il Convegno internazionale di studi Stile antico/Stile moderno. Francesco Durante fra Napoli e Roma organized by the Conservatory “F. Cilea” in Reggio Calabria between 30 September and 1 October 2019.
2017 “‘Taking a walk at the Molo’: Nicola Sala and the improvised Fugue” [paper accepted] at the International Conference Musical Improvisation in the Baroque Era, organized by Centro Studi Omnia Luigi Boccherini, Lucca. See under Peer-reviewed Articles.
2017 “The Do-Re-Mi revisited: Historical Underpinnings of a Schema,” read at The 9th European Music Analysis Conference (EuroMAC 9 – IX CEAM) in Strasbourg from 28 June to 1 July 2017, as part of the pre-organized session “Analyzing Models and Creativity in the Long Eighteenth Century,” with Robert Gjerdingen, Giorgio Sanguinetti, Vasili Byros, and Nicholas Baragwanath. For publication details, see under Peer-reviewed Articles (Article renamed: “Improvised and Written Canons in Eighteenth-Century Neapolitan Conservatories”).

6. Published Performance Editions and Transcriptions

2021 [in preparation] The Catelani Realizations. Monuments of Partimento Realizations, volume 5. Volume Editor: Riccardo Castagnetti. Series Editor: Peter van Tour. Visby: Wessmans Musikförlag, scheduled for publication in 2020.
2020 [in preparation] The Guarnaccia Realizations. Monuments of Partimento Realizations, volume 4. Volume Editor: Ewald Demeyere. Series Editor: Peter van Tour. Visby: Wessmans Musikförlag, scheduled for publication in 2020.
2020 The Stecher Realizations. Monuments of Partimento Realizations, volume 3. Volume and Series Editor: Peter van Tour. Visby: Wessmans Musikförlag, scheduled for publication in 2019.
2017 The Vessella Manuscript. Monuments of Partimento Realizations, volume 2. Volume Editor: Nicoleta Paraschivescu. Series Editor: Peter van Tour. Visby: Wessmans Musikförlag, 2017.
2017 The Gallipoli Manuscript. Monuments of Partimento Realizations, volume 1a and 1b. Volume and Series Editor: Peter van Tour. Visby: Wessmans Musikförlag, 2017.
2017 Edition attached as an appendix to my article “Some reflections on ‘Il metodo di Cotumacci’” showing parts of Carlo Cotumacci’s counterpoint treatise [Transcription of the anonymous counterpoint notebook B-Lc 1042827, f. 16v–21r]. This edition has been published on the online database MIMTT (Manuscripts of Italian Music Theory in Translation), edited by Massimo Redaelli.
1995 “Tre stycken för spelur, transkriberade från ett spelur av Pehr Strand.” Edition transcribed by Peter van Tour. Slite: Wessmans Musikförlag, 2017. Artikelnummer: 9526.

7. Research Review Articles

2017 [together with Sean A. Curtice] “Music Pedagogy in Eighteenth-Century Naples: Theory, Sources, and Reception. Review of the conference in Milan on 25 January and in Bern 26–27 January 2017, organized by Pergolesi Research Centre together with the Hochschule der Künste Bern and the Università degli Studi di Milano,” in: Music Theory & Analysis, October 2017. In print.
2013 “The lost Art of Partimento.” Review of the monograph “The Art of Partimento” by Giorgio Sanguinetti (Oxford University Press, 2012), in: Early Music, May/2013.
2009 Review of: “Canons and Canonic Techniques, 14th-16th Centuries: Theory, Practice, and Reception History,” red. Bonnie J. Blackburn och Katelijne Schiltz (Leuven Studies in Musicology 1), Leuven: Peeters, 2007. 498 s., ill., notex., in: Svensk tidskrift för musikforskning, Vol. 91, pp. 155–156.

8. Music Journalism (Selection)

1994 “Gotland är oerhört rikt på folkmusiktraditioner.” Gotlands Tidningar Kulturbilagan, 1994.
1994 “Lars Edlund gör ny musik: nu tonsätter han dikter av Tomas Tranströmer.” Gotlands Tidningar Tisdagen den 7 juni 1994.
1994 “Pastorns pojke tog ton igen: Eric Ericson i sin gamla hemkyrka ‘på backen’” Gotlands Tidningar Måndagen den 12 september 1994.
1994 “Han dansar bara sin egen melodi: Einar Englund skriver sina memoarer inför 80-årsdagen.” Gotlands Tidningar Måndagen den 14 november 1994.

9. Research Blogs

2017 [on aural training pedagogy] “Some Reflections about Thoroughbass Pedagogy Today.” Guest blog 14 March 2017 on the Website of the Society of Music Theory Interest Group for the History of Music Theory, edited by Leon Chisholm and Steffi Probst.

10. Presentations (Selection) / Popular Science Articles

2020 [Projected] Guest Lecture and Partimento Workshops at Ear Training Congress Ex tempore, Milano. With Pedro Cañada Valverde, László Nemes, and Alberto Odone. Organized by Conservatorio Giuseppe Verdi, Milano, 7–9 May 2020.
2020 [Projected] Guest Lecture and Partimento Workshop at Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst Wien, Vienna (Austria), 16–17 March 2020.
2019 [Conference paper] “The Italian Counterpoint Notebooks by Johann Gottlieb Naumann and Ludwig Pitscher from 1761–62,” read at the conference Music Research Today 2019 in Göteborg, 13 June 2019.
2019 [Conference workshop] (90 minutes) “Reflections on Italian Eighteenth-Century Practices, part 1: Musicianship Skills and Harmonic Awareness,” read at the conference Sentiamoci a Parma in Parma (Italy), 28 January 2019.
2019 [Conference workshop] (90 minutes) “Reflections on Italian Eighteenth-Century Practices, part 2: Ear Training through Partimenti,” read at the conference Sentiamoci a Parma in Parma (Italy), 28 January 2019.
2017 [Guest Lecture and Workshops] “Per li principianti di contrapunto: Kontrapunktausbildung am Klavier in Italien um 1750,” read at the Luzern Hochschule für Musik, Luzern (Switzerland), 4 May 2017.
2017 [Guest Lecture] “The Making of Musicians: Partimento Pedagogy in 18th-century Naples,” read at Conservatorium van Amsterdam, Amsterdam (Netherlands), 16 February 2017.
2017 [Guest Lecture and Workshops] “The Making of Musicians: Partimento Pedagogy in 18th-century Naples,” read at Conservatorium van Maastricht, Maastricht (Netherlands), 6 February 2017.
2016 [Keynote Lecture] “Recent Developments in Aural Training Pedagogy: Implications of the Neapolitan partimento tradition” at the Conference on Aural Training “HEAR-UP” [Hearing–Reading–Understanding–Performing], organized by The Academy of Music and Drama, University of Gothenburg. 1–3 June 2016.
2015 Sounding Lecture on Eighteenth-Century Music Pedagogy “Alla Napoletana” at Stockholm Early Music Festival, 4 June 2015 at Storkyrkosalen, Stockholm.
2013 Poster Presentation “Modulatory Segments in Partimenti by Nicola Sala and Fedele Fenaroli” at the Conference Con la mente e con le mani. Improvisation from ‘cantare super librum’ to partimenti at Fondazione Giorgio Cini. Isola di San Giorgio Maggiore, Venice. 9–11 November 2013.
2011 Paper “Nicola Sala's partimenti: om en kritisk edition” at the Conference Musikforskning idag. 14 June 2011, Uppsala University.
2007–08 Klingande klossar. Master’s thesis in Music Theory, Royal College of Music in Stockholm, Sweden. http://www.academia.edu/1619691/Klingande_Klossar.
1999 “Kompositionsteknik under renässansen.” Tidig Musik 1999/1.
1998 “Contrapunctus vocalis (3).” Tidig Musik 1998/1.
1997b “Contrapunctus vocalis (2).” Tidig Musik 1997/4.
1997a “Contrapunctus vocalis [1].” Tidig Musik 1997/2.

11. Translations

2019 Solmisation och kyrkotonarter (Translation of Solmisation und Kirchentonarten by Ina Lohr (from German and Dutch to Swedish). Accepted for publication, Norges Musikkhøgskoles forlag (in preparation, 2019).
compositions (selection)
See also my: Composer's Homepage at “Föreningen Svenska Tonsättare” (FST).
2019 (in progress) Wind quintet Fancy Dancing, Commissioned by Stiftelsen Gotlandsmusiken (duration ca. 10 minutes).
2010 Chamber Music for ten players (5 winds and 5 strings) Circles and Clouds (2010). Commissioned by Stiftelsen Gotlandsmusiken and premiered in Den Haag April 27th 2010 by The Gotlands Wind Quintet and the Polish String Ensemble Multicamerata.
2008 Wind quintet Clocks. Premiered by Gotlands Blåsarkvintett, Maj 2008. Five movements. The fifth movement of this composition can be heard here, or click to download the score.
2008 Brass quintet Full fathom five. Premiered by Linnékvintetten, Uppsala, June 2008.
2008 Big-band arrangement Isn’t it Romantic? Performed by the Big-Band of the Royal College of Music in Stockholm.
1998 Moria (for girls choir). Publisher: Sveriges Körförbunds Förlag, Stockholm.
1996 Lamentatio Jeremiae Prophetae (for mixed choir). Premiered March 2012 by the Kantorei ZHdK [click for performance] under the direction of Beat Schäfer. Bass Solo: Johannes Luchsinger. Publisher: SK Gehrmans förlag, Stockholm.
1995 Ein Winterabend (Text: G. Trakl). Sveriges Körförbunds Förlag, Stockholm.
1994 Två Religiösa Folkdikter Dedicated to Eric Ericson. Sveriges Körförbunds Förlag, Stockholm.
1991 Les étincelles d'air for church bells. Recorded by Claes Holmgren on the church bells of Visby Cathedral. CD: Elévation, Claes Holmgren CDMO 1.
databases

Partimento Database

UUPart, also called The Uppsala Partimento Database, represents the work of cataloguing and linking the repertoire of the Italian partimento for the time span roughly between 1700 and 1850. Through an identification string of the first ten pitches, UUPart facilitates the searching and identification of concordant sources within the repertoire of the Italian partimento.

© Copyright by Peter van Tour, 2014–18.

Solfeggio Database

UUSolf, also called The Uppsala Solfeggio Database, represents the work of cataloguing and linking the repertoire of the Italian solfeggio for the time span roughly between 1730 and 1830. Through an identification string of the first ten pitches, UUSolf facilitates the searching and identification of concordant sources within the repertoire of the Italian solfeggio.

© Copyright by Peter van Tour, 2014–18.