Libellus de rudimentis Musices. Biagio. d. 1547 or after ROSSETTI.
Libellus de rudimentis Musices.
Libellus de rudimentis Musices.
Libellus de rudimentis Musices.
Libellus de rudimentis Musices.
PLAINCHANT MANUAL

Libellus de rudimentis Musices.

Verona, S. de Nicolini da Sabio and Brothers for the Author 1529.

4to. [iv], [98], [1]p. SIXTY MUSICAL EXAMPLES IN WOODCUT, FINE FIGURED WOODCUT TITLE CARTOUCHE; last leaf (colophon) in facsimile.

Recased in old vellum (soiled and stained, two corners renewed).

Only Antiquarian Edition, based on the author’s more than thirty years of experience as choir director, organist and lead singer at the Verona cathedral.
     Rossetti treats plainsong, gamut, solmization, intervals and the church tones. He gives examples for novices and accomplished vocalists and explains the musical portions of the Mass and Office. “The treatise is of special interest for its numerous observations about practical subjects like vocal technique, physical culture of singers, and training and leadership of choirboys. Rossetti was among the earliest theorists to give instructions for text underlay” (New Grove2). With his painful account of poor accentuation, syllabification and tone quality, he sought the support of the dedicatee, G.M. Giberti, Bishop of Verona, for higher musical standards. The book remained authoritative well into the Baroque, cited by, i.a., Pietro Pontio (1588) and Pietro Cerone (1613). I have not traced a copy at auction in over eighty years. In good condition (a few pale stains); the last leaf is in facsimile (quire register and colophon).
¶Wolffheim, Musikbibliothek I: 977 “Ein seltener Musiktractat”; RISM Bvi2 717; New Grove2 21: 717; Sander, Le Livre à figure italien 6608; Carpanè & Menato, Annali della tipografia veronese del Cinquecento I: 17; EDIT16 CNCE 45572.

Item #10564

Price: $7,800.00