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[Music]. En el Arte de Canto Llano y Canto de Organo.

Musical manuscript on paper. N.p. [Madrid?], 1757-1798. Mostly in gatherings of 8 or 10 (210 x 152mm). Contemporary pagination to 709. Written in brown ink in a humanistic script, in at least two hands, with five-lined staves, most with nine to a page, with musical notation, under chapter headings. Illustrated with full-page charts and numerous smaller charts. Fol. 7v with color illustration to explain scales using your hand as diagram and fol. 13v with full page diagram of a diatonic scale major or minor illustrated with putti. Original limp vellum, ms. title "ARTE LE MUSICA" to spine; (few worm holes, loose at hinge, moderately browned, edges brittle; vellum soiled, remnants of leather ties). Author's likely inscription to final leaf "Soy de, Luis Fernando Bonilla," and other members of the Bonilla family. Ownership inscription dated August 19, 1886, signed "Amiseto Bonilla," and inscribed by Bonilla in at least three other places; other faint ownership inscriptions to inside and back cover.

Compendium of 17th-century music theory including Spanish songs and chants, with bass accompaniment and methods, in chapters and examples (Exemplo) for the use of teaching. The first "Arte de canto llano" written by Francisco de Montanos was published in 1705 by composer and music theorist Jose de Torres (1665-1738). The "arts of chant" played an important mission; to train a religious choir in their role in worship in a simple and rapid manner. It also served a propaganda function, followed at times to defend the excellence of a particular method of teaching chant, or to reaffirm the Catholic faith with the progress of Protestantism. (#kfk362) SOLD