Graduate Lecture-Recital: Phaik Tzhi Chua, baroque violin, "Partimento and the 18th- century Neapolitan Violin Sonata"

Antonio Joli, Departure of Charles III from Naples, 1759, oil on canvas (Prado Museum, Madrid).
Friday, April 14, 2023

7:30 PM
Florence Harkness Memorial Chapel
Free and open to the public
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This lecture recital explores the concept and practice of “partimento”, a pedagogical and compositional technique associated with Neapolitan conservatories in the 18th century. In particular, it focuses on how this technique might be internalized and practiced by a modern performer and used to analyze and, in turn, “speak” the musical language of the period, Focusing on violin sonatas by Nicola Porpora (1686-1768) and Giovanni Antonio Piani (1678-1760), the presentation will explain the basic techniques of the practice, analyze two sonata movements, and conclude with the creation of a Prelude in the style of Piani using the musical materials and concepts that would have been available to an 18th-century student of a Neapolitan conservatory.


  • Jane Leggiero, cello
  • Qin Ying Tan, harpsichord

About the Presenter

Phaik Tzhi Chua is a second-year student pursuing a M.A. in Historical Performance Practice at Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) under Julie Andrijeski. She holds a Bachelor of Music degree in violin performance from Queens College (CUNY), New York. While in New York, she has performed with Salon/Sanctuary Concerts, New York Continuo Collective, and Manhattan Opera Studio. Phaik Tzhi found joy in baroque dance while in CWRU and will be looking forward to continuing her studies here towards a doctorate degree.

Photo Credit: Antonio Joli, Departure of Charles III from Naples, 1759, oil on canvas (Prado Museum, Madrid).

CWRU Music Concert Series

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