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Monuments of Partimenti

WHAT IS A PARTIMENTO?

Partimenti (an Italian plural pronounced "party•MEN•tee," singular "party•MEN•tow") are one-staff sketches of whole compositions. The performer's left hand plays the given bass and the right hand improvises one or more upper parts and/or chords. In more advanced partimenti, the clef changes frequently, indicating entrances of specific voices (e.g., the appearance of an alto clef signals the entrance of an alto voice or part). In the French tradition, partimenti became known as "given basses" or basses données. See "Courses" in the sidebar menu for guidance on how to begin or progress in partimento performance.

HOW DO I FIND A PARTIMENTO?

Below you will find the names of famous partimento masters, organized by the city where they taught. Click on a green button below to see what rules and lessons are available from a particular master. For ideas about which masters and lessons may be appropriate for different levels of skill, see "Courses" in the sidebar menu.


NAPLES

Fedele Fenaroli
       (1732–1818)
Giovanni Furno
       (1748–1837)  
Giacomo Insanguine
       (1728–1795)