Rezumo de todas as regras, e preceitos da Cantoria, assim da Musica Metrica, como do Canto-chaõ. Dividido em duas partes. Composto por . . . Natural da Cidade do Porto. Para o uso dos seus Discipulos.
Porto, Na Officina de Antonio Alvares Ribeiro, 1787.
Small 4to. (4) ff., 43, (1) pp., with 2 folding plates with musical notation. Recent quarter calf. A few ink stains on half title p., some damp-staining throughout the work, ink scribbles in outer margin of p. 11.
Silva Leite, Porto's greatest musician, abandoned an ecclesiastical career to devote his life to music. He composed operas, sacred works, which remained popular for many years. He enjoyed great success as a teacher, and it was for his pupils that he composed this Rezumo de todas as regras, e preceitos da cantoria. He later became chapel-master of the cathedral and was also a fine guitarist. “In his modinhas and sonatas Leite showed singular gifts for captivating melody, piquant rhythm and colouristic instrumental effects” (New Grove).
Innocêncio I, 270 (& cf. VIII, 305-6). Vieira, Diccionário biográphico de músicos portuguezes, II, p. 21. J. de Vasconcellos, Os músicos portuguezes, II, 193 (calls for only 6 prelim. pp.). Maria João Durães Albuquerque, A edição musical em Portugal (1750-1834), Cat. 235 & p. 65. B.D. Julia Gregory, Catalogue of Early Books on Music (before 1800), p. 253.