CHAPTER 33. Instrumental Music in Italy.
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Instrumental Music in Italy
In comparison to its modern counterpart, the Baroque violin is characterized by:
Leaving behind the four-voice imitative polyphony of the late Renaissance canzona, Rossi adopted the top-bottom texture typical of vocal music. Clearly influenced by the lyrical monody and duets of Monteverdi, with whom he worked for several years the Gonzaga court in Mantua, Rossi's sonatas feature a violin duet on top and basso continuo on the bottom (Anthology, No. 92).
a bass moving in steady pace, usually in eighth notes, up and down the scale