Early Music Pedagogy Then and Now from the Classical Antiquity to the Renaissance


editing by Marcello Mazzetti and Livio Ticli, Turnhout, Brepols, 2024 (Musica Incarnata: Pedagogy, Performance and Market, 3).

This volume explores various aspects of early music teaching (Historically Informed Music Pedagogy), performance, and theory. Contributions from thirteen scholars address topics ranging from the ancient Greek instrument helikōn used for musicians’ training to the evolution of the viola bastarda technique linking historical practices with modern applications. Significant attention is given to methodological reflections on early music pedagogy, the reconstruction of incomplete pieces as a method for teaching counterpoint, and the role of improvisation and the creative process in vocal and instrumental music. Additional sections tackle the teaching of ornamentation, contrappunto alla mente and solmisation, with discussions on the status of Musica Practica and its philosophical and educational implications today. New perspectives are offered on Guido of Arezzo with an innovative contribution on the Dialogus de musica.

Marcello Mazzetti and Livio Ticli are scholars and performers specialising in Italian Renaissance and Early Baroque music. They co-chair the Istituto Italiano di Musica Antica, where they teach solmisation, Renaissance ornamentation and contrappunto alla mente, voice, and ensemble music. Mazzetti also lectures at the University of Padua, Turin, and the Bologna Academy of Fine Arts, in addition to teaching music history at the State Conservatoire in Brescia. Ticli is a lecturer in music history at the Venice Academy of Fine Arts and teaches at the State Conservatories of Genoa, Livorno, and Vicenza. Both are member of the editorial board of the Tasso in Music Project (UMass and Stanford University) and general editors of the series ‘Musica Incarnata: Pedsagogy, Performance and Market’ (Brepols).

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