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Creator:
Caroso, Fabritio.
Title:
Il ballarino di M. Fabritio Caroso da Sermoneta : diuiso in due trattati : nel primo de' quali si dimostra la diuersità de i nomi, che si danno à gli atti, & mouimenti, che interuengono ne i balli: & con molte regole si dichiara con quali creanze, & in che modo debbano farsi : nel secondo s'insegnano diuerse sorti di balli, & balletti sì all'uso d'Italia, come à quello di Francia, & Spagna : ornato di molte figure, et con l'intauolatura di liuto, & il soprano della musica nella sonata di ciascun ballo : opera nuouamente mandata in luce ...
Alternate Title(s):
Ballarino
Published/Created:
In Venetia : Appresso Francesco Ziletti, MDLXXXI [1581]
Physical Description:
[8], 16; 184, [4] leaves : ill., port., music ; 25 cm (4to)
Holdings:
Rare Books and Manuscripts
MT950 .C37 1581
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
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Copyright Status:
Copyright Information
Classification:
Books
Notes:
BAC: British Art Center copy bound in gilt-tooled red morocco,by Chambolle-Duru; gilt edges; marbled end-papers. Portrait on leaf B4v hand-colored.
BEIN Montiverdi 3: Bibliographic ms. notes and dealer's description on front endpapers. Bookplate: Alfred Cortot. Stamp: C.A. [i.e. Alfred Cortot]. Autographs on t.p. scribbled over. Presentation inscription on t.p. verso and final p. to conte Umbertino Caracciolo. Inscription at colophon: Iacobi Caracciolo et amico. Repair on leaf C1v. From the Albi Rosenthal Collection of Monteverdi and the birth of opera.
This manual is one of the most important documents detailing late-Renaissance Italian court dance and is a mirror of the costume and choreographic art of the time. Dancing master Fabritio Caroso (died 1605) describes fifty-four steps, provides rules for style and etiquette, and contains specific choreographies for eighty dances, most of which are designed for one couple. Many dances are preceded by full-page illustrations and each dance is provided with appropriate music notated in Italian lute tablature. Each separate dance is dedicated with a sonnet to one of the illustrious ladies of the period. Fabritio Caroso is also the author of an additional dance manual, Nobiltà di dame (1600; 1605).
Signatures: A-F⁴ a-z⁴ 2A-2Z⁴ [dagger]⁴.
"Trattato secondo del ballarino di M. Fabritio Caroso da Sermoneta, nel quale s'insegnano varie sorti di balletti, cascarde, tordiglione, passo e mezzo, pauaniglia, canario, & gagliarde all'uso d'Italia, Francia, & Spagna. Con molte figure, & con l'intauolatura di liuto, & il soprano della musica à ciascuno di essi balli"--Divisonal t.p. on leaf a1r.
Printer's device with motto "Inter omnes" on both t.p.
Woodcut head- and tail-pieces and initials within text throughout.
Music printed from movable type.
Illustrations: 23 full-page engravings (including author's portrait on leaf B4v and many repeats) by Giacomo Franco.
Brunet, I, 1594
Grove, I, 268
Mortimer, R. Italian 16th cent., 106
With a final index of the dances described.
Errata, register of signatures and colophon on leaf [dagger]4v.
Subject Terms:
Caracciolo, Jacobus -- Autograph.
Caracciolo, Umbertino, conte -- Presentation inscription.
Chambolle-Duru (Firm) -- Bookbinder.
Cortot, Alfred -- Autograph.
Cortot, Alfred -- Stamp.
Dance -- Early works to 1800.
Dance -- Study and teaching -- Early works to 1800.
Dance music -- Early works to 1800.
Lute music -- Early works to 1800.
Rosenthal, Albi, 1914-2004 -- Ownership.
Form/Genre:
Engravings -- 1581.
Engravings -- Hand-colored -- 1581.
Woodcuts -- 1581.
Music notation (Printing) -- To 1692.
Contributors:
Ziletti, Francesco, d. 1587?, publisher.
Franco, Giacomo, 1550-1620, engraver.
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