Sunday, November 29, 2009
Monday, November 23, 2009
Sunday, November 15, 2009
Another of those six pieces for the four-course Renaissance guitar from Mudarra's Tres libros in the original tablature (the notation corresponds to low G tuning for the uke).
Makes me think of Spain: I recently chanced upon web pics of Julio Romero de Torres' paintings. I had visited the museum that bears his name in Cordoba years ago. It left a powerful impression at the time, but I had forgotten all about it. You can see more of these on the museum's web site.
Thursday, November 12, 2009
Monday, November 9, 2009
Tuesday, November 3, 2009
In 1546, Mudarra published Tres libros de musica en cifras para vihuela, a book of tablatures mostly for the vihuela, but also including six pieces for the Renaissance guitar, a four-course instrument (six strings in pairs and a single) tuned... GCEA! Mudarra's tablatures look very much like what we use today (4 lines for the 4 strings, numbers for the frets) but the lines are in reverse order.
So, this is his Pavana in the original tablature, except with the lines as we are used to seeing them:
There's quite a bit of information on the Web on the Renaissance guitar (and eye-candy: it is a magnificent-looking instrument), learned discussion on the way it was tuned, lists of books with tablatures for the four-course guitar(tab systems vary: for instance, the French ones use letters instead of numbers), etc. A whole continent to discover, and the uke is providing our passport...