Music Analysis Realisation

Durante – Regola 31

Technique in Focus:
“On the preparation of the 9th, which stems from the 3rd”

This partimento demonstrates the “Up 2nd, Down 3rd” ‘Fonte’ sequence with suspended 9ths. The purpose of this rule prescribed by Durante, is to practise the prepation of a 9th suspension using the 3rd of the preparatory chord. The third of the 6/3 chord becomes the 9th of the following 5/3 chord. This is achieved through the bass ascending from a 6/3 chord to become the root of the 5/3 chord. The bass then descends by a third with a 6/3 chord over the top. This creates a beautiful line of suspensions of the 9th over a Fonte sequence (which is the same chord progression as a Circle of Fifths).

Partimento Realisation

Below I have realised this partimento in three realisations: a simple three-part realisation (this is mostly chordal), a florid three-part realisation (which similar to the simple version, but with additional diminutions), and a two-voice realisation which creates a melody against the bass. This partimento offers much rythmic interest and an opportunity to practise beautiful voice leading – the suspension of the 9th.

By Connor Gaydon

I am a Music graduate specialising in Musicology (primarily Partimento and Analysis). My dissertation (the chapters of which can be found on my website) focuses on understanding the Partimento method, how it was taught, the benefits it brought to students, and how we could integrate it into modern musical education. I taught piano for five years from 2014-2019 to over 70 students of Beginner to Intermediate standards before moving into Business where I work as a Business Analyst. On my website, Improving Pianists, I upload essays, book reviews, and Partimento Realisations to broaden and deepen the knowledgebase of myself and those reading. I am part of the burgeoning Partimento community by attending the second mentiParti 2019, and guest-speaking virtually in 2021. In 2022/2023 I have released my first book, 'Partimento: A Beginner Method for Classical Improvisation' on my website.