This translation of the third volume of Syntagma musicum is part of a multi-volume work by German composer and theorist Michael Praetorius (1571-1621). Volume III deals with terminology and performance practice, and offers us the most detailed commentary available from the 17th century about the performance of particular pieces of music. For modern scholars, this third volume is the preeminent source of contemporary information on performance practice for the late Renaissance and early Baroque periods. Praetorius is the most often quoted and excerpted writer on performance practice. In his translation, Kite-Powell has worked with a notoriously difficult syntax to produce a definitive English edition of this important work.
Jeffery T. Kite-Powell is Professor and Chair of the Music History and Musicology Department at The Florida State University and director of the FSU Early Music Program. He edited A Performer's Guide to Renaissance Music and authored The Visby (Petri) Organ Tablature-Investigation and Critical Edition. His vocal group, Cantores Musicae Antiquae, has performed at meetings of major music societies and has also appeared on National Public Radio's Millennium of Music. Dr. Kite-Powell has been an early music clinician at the Amherst Early Music Institute and other workshops, and has lectured at conferences around the world.