Abatessa, Giovanni Battista

Cespuglio di varii fiori,
Overo Intavolatura de Chitarra Spagnola
. . . (1637)

I. Overview

This is a reprinting of Abatessa 1635.

Title: Cespuglio di varii fiori, Overo Intavolatura de Chitarra Spagnola. . . (Fiorenza: Zanobi Pignoni, 1637)

Description:
32 pp. in movable type
48 pieces; 5 songs
Foliation: none
Page Size -- I-Bc: 20.2 cm. (width) X 13.3 cm.

II. Prefatory Material (5 pp.)

p. (1) -- [= Abatessa 1635 ecscept:] IN FIORENZA, Per Zanobi Pignoni, Nella Stamperia Vecchia. 1637. . . . [t.p.]

pp. 2-3 -- [Alfabeto chart = Abatessa 1635 but much lighter and illegible in places]

[Alfabeto (tablature and verbal explanation):]

+
A
B
C
D
E
F
G
H
I
K
L
M
N
O
P
Q
R
2
2
3
0
0
0
2
3
1
0
1
3
1
3
1
3
4
2
2
0
2
0
2
0
2
3
3
2
3
1
1
1
0
3
4
4
0
0
0
2
2
2
1
2
3
2
3
0
3
1
0
[1]
3
4
0
3
1
3
1
3
0
1
3
2
2
3
4
1
3
1
2
4
0
3
0
2
0
1
0
1
1
0
1
3
3
4
3
1
2
2

S
T
[T]
V
X
Y
Z
&
Con
Ron
2
4
[3]
4
2
5
3
4
-
3
2
[2]
[1]
4
4
5
5
6
2
3
4
[2]
[1]
2
4
4
5
6
4
5
5
[2]
[1]
2
3
3
5
6
5
6
4
5
[4]
2
2
3
3
4
3
5

p. 4 -- [correspondence chart A-Z = Abatessa 1635; NEW: Scale for B molle harmonized with chords:]

Scala per B molle per sonar la Chitarra:

alfabeto:
G
A
D
H
B
E
M
G
A
P
H
B
E
equals:
F
G
Am
Bb
C
Dm
Eb
F
G
Fm
Bb
C
Dm
bass note:
F
G
A
Bb
C
D
E
F
G
A[b?]
Bb
C
D

[Scala per B quattro]

alfabeto:
G
O
D
A
B
E
F
C
F
D
H
B
equals:
F
Gm
Am
G
C
Dm
E
D
E
Am
Bb
C
bass note:
F
G
A
B
C
D
E
F#
G#
A
B
C

p. 5 -- [= Abatessa 1635 but with NEW scales:]

Altra scala per B quattro

alfabeto:
A
D
R
B
E
F
G
A
I
R
B
C
equals:
G
Am
B
C
Dm
E
F
G
A
B
C
D
bass note:
G
A
B
C
D
E
F
G
A
B
C
D


alfabeto:
A
D
R
&
E
F
C
F
D
R
B
C
equals:
G
Am
B
C#
Dm
E
D
E
Am
B
C
D
bass note:
G
A
B
C#
D
E
F#
G#
A
B
C
D

III. Notation:

Tablature: Alfabeto and stroke signs only; no meter or rhythm signs, or barlines (solo guitar, pp. 6-15).

Instrument: 5-course guitar

IV. Indices

Title information in brackets [ ] is editorial; information in parentheses ( ) is from the table of contents.

Index of Pieces:

Page Title
Key
Meter
p. 6
Passagagli per tutte le lettere dell'alfabeto
G
[3/4]
p. 6 [Passagaglio]
C
[3/4]
p. 6 [Passagaglio]
D
[3/4]
p. 6 [Passagaglio]
a
[3/4]
p. 6 [Passagaglio]
d
[3/4]
p. 6 [Passagaglio]
E
[3/4]
p. 6 [Passagaglio]
F
[3/4]
p. 6 [Passagaglio]
Bb
[3/4]
p. 6 [Passagaglio]
A
[3/4]
p. 6 [Passagaglio]
bb
[3/4]
p. 6 [Passagaglio]
c
[3/4]
p. 6 [Passagaglio]
Eb
[3/4]
p. 6 [Passagaglio]
Ab
[3/4]
p. 6 [Passagaglio]
g
[3/4]
p. 6 [Passagaglio]
f
[3/4]
p. 6 [Passagaglio]
F#
[3/4]
p. 6 [Passagaglio]
B
[3/4]
p. 6 [Passagaglio]
E
[3/4]
p. 6 [Passagaglio]
Ab
[3/4]
p. 6 [Passagaglio]
f#
[3/4]
p. 6 [Passagaglio]
b
[3/4]
p. 6 [Passagaglio]
G
[3/4]
p. 6 Altri Passagagli
c
[3/4]
p. 6 [Passagaglio]
d
[3/4]
p. 7 Ruggiero di trè modi
G
[4/4]
p. 7 [Ruggiero]
C
[4/4]
p. 7 [Ruggiero]
D
[4/4]
p. 7 Fol(lia) di quattro modi
G
[3/4]
p. 7 [Folia]
F
[3/4]
p. 7 [Folia]
a
[3/4]
p. 7 [Folia]
E
[3/4]
p. 8 Romanesca di dui (due) modi
g
[4/4]
p. 8 [Romanesca]
d
[4/4]
p. 8 La Pugliese
d
[4/4?]
p. 8 Canario
D
[3/4]
p. 9 Pavaniglia di dui modi
g
[4/4]
p. 9 [Pavaniglia]
d
[4/4]
p. 9 Ciaccona (di dui modi)
F
[3/4]
p. 9 Un'altra Ciaccon
C
[3/4]
p. 10 Sinfonia del Grandi
g
[4/4]
p. 11 Un'altra Sinfonia
g
[4/4]
p. 12 Corrente (Franzese) di due (dui) modi
g
[3/4]
p. 12 [Corrente]
a
[3/4]
p. 13 Ballo di Fiorenza di tre modi
G
[4/4]
p. 13 [Ballo di Fiorenza]
C
[4/4]
p. 13 [Ballo di Fiorenza]
D
[4/4]
p. 14 Ballo Reale
F
[4/4?]
p. 15 Gagliarda Franzese
G
[3/2]
[followed by pieces for voices and guitar]

Index of Genres:

The following chart summarizes the solo guitar contents of the book by genre. Major genres are given by the form used in the New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, 2d ed., with the forms actually used in the book in parentheses. Lesser known titles are grouped under "miscellaneous dances" and "songs." Rhythmic variations and rotte are considered part of the main work.

Genres (solo guitar only):
total
major
minor
meter
Passacaglia (Passagagli)
24
14
10
[3/4]
Folia
4
3
1
[3/4]
Ballo del Gran Duca (Ballo di Fiorenza)
3
3
0
[4/4]
Ruggiero
3
3
0
[4/4]
Chaconne (Ciaccona)
2
2
0
[3/4]
miscellaneous dances . . . (Ballo Reale, La Pugliese)
2
1
1
[4/4?]
Corrente (Corrente Franzese)
2
0
2
[3/4]
Pavaniglia
2
0
2
[4/4]
Romanesca
2
0
2
[4/4]
Sinfonia (Sinfonia del Grandi)
2
0
2
[4/4]
Canario
1
1
0
[3/4]
Galliard (Gagliarda Franzese)
1
1
0
[3/2]
Totals:
48
28
20
[3/4] = 33
[4/4] = 14
[3/2] = 1

Index of Keys Used:

Keys used in the book; an * indicates that the key is only used in a passacaglia. Note that the pitch is relative and that since the guitarist was using tablature, there was no need to think in terms of traditional key signatures.

A major 1* A minor 3
B flat major 1* B flat minor 1*
B major 1* B minor 1*
C major 4 C minor 2*
C sharp major 0 C sharp minor 0
D major 4 D minor 5
E flat major 1* E flat minor 0
E major 3 E minor 0
F major 4 F minor 1*
F sharp major 1* F sharp minor 1*
G major 6 G minor 6
A flat major 2* A flat minor 0

Index of Names:

ABATESSA, Gio. Batista [composer]
CESPUGLIO DI VARII FIORI, Overo Intavolatura de Chitarra Spagnola. . . . DI GIO. BATISTA ABATESSA. BITONTINO. . . . / p. (1) [t.p.]

PIGNONI, Zanobi [printer]
CESPUGLIO DI VARII FIORI, Overo Intavolatura de Chitarra Spagnola. . . . IN ORVIETO, Zanobi Pignoni, 1637 . . . . / p. (1) [t.p.]

V. Bibliography

Boye, Gary R. "Giovanni Battista Granata and the Development of Printed Guitar Music in Seventeenth-Century Italy" (diss., Duke Univeristy, 1995).

Boye, Gary R. "Performing Seventeenth-Century Italian Guitar Music: the Question of an Appropriate Stringing" in Performance on Lute, Guitar and Vihuela: Historical Practice and Modern Interpretation, ed. V.A. Coelho (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1997).

Cavallini, Ivano. "Sugli improvvisatori del Cinque-Seicento: persistenze, nuovi repertori e qualche riconoscimento." Recercare: Rivista per lo studio e la pratica della musica antica 1 (1989): 23-40.

Hudson, Richard. Passacaglio and Ciaccona: From Guitar Music to Italian Keyboard Variations in the 17th Century (Ann Arbor, MI: UMI Research Press, 1981).

Lospalluti, Leonardo. "Considerazioni su Giovan Battista Abatessa e su un manoscritto per chitarra del seicento a Bitonto." Il Fronimo: Rivista trimestrale di chitarra e liuto 17: 67 (April 1989): 27-33.

Répertoire international des sources musicales: Einzeldrucke vor 1800. RISM A/I [A 5

Tyler, James, and Paul Sparks. The Guitar and Its Music: From the Renaissance to the Classical Era (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002).

Weidlich, Joseph. "Battuto Performance Practice in Early Italian Guitar Music." Journal of the Lute Society of America 11 (1978): 63-86.

VI. Exemplar:

I-Bc = Italy: Bologna, Civico Museo Bibliografico Musicale G. B. Martini (visited in 1991-1992)

Condition: page edges frayed with some tears; very thin and delicate paper; some mildew damage

Binding: grey cardboard with brown stamp: "Abatessa Intavolatura di Chitarra Spagnuola. Fiorenza, 1637" ink: [city and date lighter . . . different hand?]; binding weak

Manuscript additions:
Cover -- white tape: "V28"
Spine -- blue tape: "V28"
Inside cover -- top left: "V28" ink
[+ facsimile note; inventory note: "INVENTARIO 20010/DATA gen. 1970"]

p. (1) -- top left: "1742 secondo" ink; blue stamp: "BIBLIOTECA DEL LICEO MUSICALE DI BOLOGNA" [ink at bottom; name?? illegible]
p. (32) -- black stamp: "LICEO MUSICALE G.B. MARTINI BIBLIOTECA BOLOGNA"


[An additional copied cited as "F-Pth" in RISM was not in the catalogues at F-Pn, where the rest of the Thibault collection is housed, nor in Musique anciennes instruments et partitions . . .]