Covers the Italian Baroque period (1600-1730). Borgir rejects the
notion that the basso continuo line is doubled by bass instruments
and shows how these have an independent musical function in
ensemble music. He untangles their confusing terminology and also
explores the unexpected uses of the large lutes. Italian continuo
practice included elaborate training in improvisation described in
detail here for the first time. Tharald Borgir is Professor
Emeritus in the Music Department at Oregon State University. His
principal performance activities have been on the harpsichord and
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