Good taste according to Gagnon. First part

The Treaty of Geminiani of 1749, dedicated to his Royal Highness the Prince of Wales, describes in these words the idea of good taste Francesco Saverio Geminiani (1749 Treaty on the good taste in music that represents the second part of the rules, London. Italian translation by Luca Ripanti, Rugginenti editori, Milano 1995 p 5):

What is commonly meant by “good taste” in singing and playing has been considered for some years marring the real melody and the intentions of the composers. Many think that the real good taste cannot in any way be referred by any rule or artifice; they believe that good taste is a special gift of nature, given only to those who have a good ear, and since most of them are flatters to have such qualities, it follows that those who sing or play doesn't think of anything but the press in King continually steps or bird or other embellishments, believing it to be considered a good performer without instead understand that playing with good taste doesn't mean try the melody with continuous steps, but expressing with decision and the delicacy the intentions of the composer. This expression represents what everyone should strive to acquire, and can get there anyone who is not too fond of his opinions and not resist stubbornly to the strength of the evidence. You would not believe, however, that I intend to deny the powerful effects of u good ears, because I had seen on several occasions what large his chances; I assert simply that for a moderate genius are required certain rules of art, on the other hand, can improve and refine an already good. Also ensure that music lovers can more easily and reliably achieve perfection, I recommend the practice of these ornamentations of expression, that is fourteen.

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