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Author: Grall, Jeremy N.

Title: An Analytical Edition of Giovanni Kapsberger's "Partite sulla folia" for Chitarrone: Ornamentation, Performance Practices, and Compositional Structures in Kapsberger's Folia Variations

Institution: University of Memphis

Begun: January 2005

Completed: April 2009


In 1604 Giovanni Girolamo Kapsberger published the first known volume of chitarrone music, the Libro primo d’intavolatura di chitarone. This volume contains the largest set of variations based on the folia basso ostinato published up to 1604. This work, the Partite sulla Folia, builds upon the tradition of composing music based on improvisational forms. After discussing Kapsberger’s biography and history and the theoretical history of the folia, I create an analytical edition of Kapsberger’s Partite sulla Folia using period and modern analytical models to categorize the elements of his compositional style, in particular his use of ornamentation. Within the analysis, I include a transcription for the classical guitar that balances period performance practice with issues that are commonly encountered when transcribing and performing early music on modern instruments.

Keywords: Kaspberger, folia, basso ostinato, ornamentation, chitarrone


Chapter 1: Introduction

Chapter 2: Biography of Giovanni Girolamo Kapsberger

Chapter 3: The Folia

Chapter 4: Tablature, Harmonic Rhythm, Graphic Analysis,
and Guitar Transcription

Chapter 5: Harmonic Insertion in Kapsberger’s Folia

Chapter 6: Melodic Ornamentation

Chapter 7: Final Thoughts




Jeremy Grall
Assistant Professor of Music
University of Alabama at Birmingham
UAB Music Dept., HC 239
950 13th Street South
Birmingham, AL 35294-1260


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