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Stephen Bonta – Selected Bibliography

Selected Publications

Studies in Italian Sacred and Instrumental Music in the Seventeenth Century (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2003). Variorum/Collected Studies, 749. ISBN 0860788784


Liturgical practice and sacred music
“Liturgical Problems in Monteverdi’s Marian Vespers,” Journal of the American Musicological Society 20 (1967)

“The Uses of the Sonata da chiesa,” Journal of the American Musicological Society 22 (1969)

“The Use of Instruments in Sacred Music in Italy 1560-1700,” Early Music 18 (1990).

The violoncello and other stringed instruments “From Violone to Violoncello: A Question of Strings?” Journal of the American Musical Instrument Society 3 (1977)

“Terminology for the Bass Violin in Seventeenth-century Italy,” Journal of the American Musical Instrument Society 4 (1978)

“Catline Strings Revisited,” Journal of the American Musical Instrument Society 14 (1988)

“Corelli’s Heritage: The Early Bass Violin in Italy,” Studi Corelliani 4 (1990)

“Further Thoughts on the History of Strings,” Catgut Acoustical Society Newsletter, Nov. 1976

“The Making of Gut Strings in 18th-century Paris,” The Galpin Society Journal (1999).

Notation and style. The Instrumental Music of Giovanni Legrenzi. Sonate a due e tre opus 2, 1655 (1984)

“The Instrumental Music of Giovanni Legrenzi: Style and Significance” in Giovanni Legrenzi e La Cappella Ducale di San Marco (Florence, 1994)

“Brossard’s Practice Concerning the Use of Accidentals and the Continuo in His Instrumental Music” in S├ębastian de Brossard musicien (Versailles, 1998)

“A Formal Convention in 17th-century Italien Instrumental Music” in International Musicological Society report on the 11th Congress 1972 (Copenhagen 1974).

General. “The Use of Instruments in the Ensemble Canzona and Sonata in Italy, 1580-1650,” Recercare 4 (1992)

Chronological register of documents concerned with music (1583-1710) in Santa Maria Maggiore, Bergamo. Biblioteca Civica Angelo Maj Bergamo, Italia (1978; 1st publication)

“The Interpretation of Notation in Music for Italian Instrumental Ensembles in the Mid- to Late-17th Century” in Barocco padano (Como, 2002).


“The Latin Concertato Motet in the Seventeenth Century,” Report of the Fourteenth Congress of the International Musicological Society, Bologna, 1987 (Turin, 1990), vol. 2

“Cut to Size: The Evolution of the Violoncello” Strings 7/7 (1993)

The Sonatas of Giovanni Legrenzi, op. 2(Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1984). Harvard Publications in Music 14.

The Sonatas of Giovanni Legrenzi, op. 10 (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1992). Harvard Publications in Music 17.

The Cantatas of Giovanni Legrenzi (New York: Garland Publishing, 1986), facsimile edition of selected cantatas

Study Scores of Historical Styles, with Harry B. Lincoln, 2 vols., (Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice-Hall, 1986-87)

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