The third volume of "Syntagma musicum" by Michael Praetorius is one of the most important treatises on musical forms, terminology, and performance practices of the early seventeenth century; it is also one of the earliest sources to discuss thoroughbass theory. Due to the complexity of its prose, which incorporates German, Latin, and Greek, more than three centuries passed before the first English translation was completed. Jeffery Kite-Powell successfully confronts Praetorius's highly technical and intricate language and in so doing makes "Syntagma musicum III" tangible to a wider audience of performers, students, and educators.
(2006) Review of "Syntagma musicum III," by Michael Praetorius, translated and edited by Jeffery T. Kite-Powell. In: Music Theory Online, Vol. 12, pp. np. Available at https://openmusiclibrary.org/article/85178/.