Exame instructivo sobre a musica multiforme, metrica, e rythmica, No qual se pergunta, e dá resposta de muitas cousas interessantes para o Solfejo, Contraponto, e Composição: Seus termos privativos, Regras, e Preceitos, segundo a melhor Pratica, e verdadeira Theorica . . .
Lisbon, Na Regia Offica Typografica, 1790.
Small 8vo. (10) ff., 289 pp., (1) f. Near contemporary calf (lacking label, joints rubbed, corners bumped). Some very occasional staining.
“The Exame instructivo, his only work to be translated (into Spanish in 1818), remains an indispensable guide to Portuguese Baroque musical terminology” (New Grove). Solano studied with Giovanni Giorgi at the Sta Catarina de Ribamar music school in Lisbon. In about 1740 he joined the Lisbon Confraternity of St Cecilia, of which he became assistant secretary in 1763. In addition to his work as a theorist he was a gifted teacher with many titled pupils, and from 1779 directed his own music school which numbered Ignacio Freitas (1779–1815), the finest Lisbon violinist of the period, among its graduates.
Innocêncio II, 392. Vieira, Diccionário biográphico de músicos portuguezes, II, p. 336. J. de Vasconcellos, Os músicos portuguezes, II, pp. 186-87. Angelés y Subirá II, 214. Maria João Durães Albuquerque, A edição musical em Portugal (1750-1834), Cat. 366. Julia Gregory, Catalogue of Early Books on Music (before 1800), p. 256.