Music by Theorists

The following playlist was created in 2020 after I taught a seminar on the history of music theory. Most theorists were prolific composers as well, and their musical works are worth being discovered or rediscovered so we can value them alongside their authors’ well-known treatises and textbooks. Let me know if you think something is missing or should be included for whatever reason.

15th and 16th Centuries

  • Johannes Tinctoris: Missa L’homme armé for four voices (before 1488), Credo
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  • Franchino Gaffurio: Four-part motet O sacrum convivium (undated)
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  • Gioseffo Zarlino: Modulationes sex vocum (1566)
    Six-part motet Misereris omnium Domine
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17th Century

  • Michael Praetorius: Terpsichore. Musarum Aoniarum (1612), Bransle simple No. 1
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  • Athanasius Kircher: Tarantella napoletana modo hypodorico (1641)
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  • Christoph Bernhard: Geistliche Harmonien (1665)
    Concerto No. 6: Aus der Tieffen ruff ich Herr zu Dihr for chant, two violins, and continuo
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18th Century

  • Johann Joseph Fux: Concentus musico-instrumentalis (1701)
    Overture in G minor, K 355
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  • Johann Mattheson: Der brauchbare Virtuoso. Zwölff Kammer-Sonaten (1720)
    Sonata No. 1 in C major for traverso and continuo
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  • Joseph Riepel: Trumpet Concerto in D major (undated), 1st mvt
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  • Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach: Versuch über die wahre Art das Clavier zu spielen
    Vol. II (1762), Freye Fantasie in D major
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  • Johann Philipp Kirnberger: Vermischte Musikalien (1769)
    Sonata in C major for cello and continuo, 1st mvt
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  • Heinrich Christoph Koch: Symphony in A major, 1st mvt (before 1793)
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19th and 20th Centuries