"Considers Conforti's treatise Breve et facile maniera d'essercitarsi... (1593) and his Salmi passaggiati (1601-03), revealing the vast gulf between the etude-like exercises in the treatise and the actual embellished music--a difference similar to that between the exercises of Hanon and the piano etudes of Chopin. The embellishments of this period were far more than mere displays of virtuosity; they sprang from a desire to express the deepest meanings of the text."
Bradshaw, Murray C.
"Giovanni Luca Conforti and Vocal Embellishment: From Formula to Artful Improvisation,"
Performance Practice Review:
1, Article 3.
Available at: http://scholarship.claremont.edu/ppr/vol8/iss1/3