Saturday, January 29, 2011

Fuenllana - Passeavase el Rey moro


In 1554, in Seville, Fuenllana published his Orphenica lyra, a book of tablatures for the vihuela. As in the case of Mudarra's Tres libros de musica, some of which I posted on this blog earlier, the tablature system is similar to the one we are familiar with, except that the string lines are in reverse order. A clever device was used in this book: the numbers corresponding to the sung melody were printed in red and the rest in black, with the words and syllables printed under the tablature directly beneath the numbers in red ink.
You can actually download a virtual facsimile of the book from the site of the Biblioteca virtual de Andalucia , an enlightened and public-minded institution!
The sixth and last part of the book includes several pieces for the 5-course vihuela as well as pieces for the 4-course guitar. This is one of the latter.

Monday, January 24, 2011

Devil's nag - Low 4th tuning


Different key, different fingering.


Tuesday, January 18, 2011

The devil's nag (Re-entrant)


We'll take a break from the nunnery and go to the other side with this adaptation of another tune that can be found in Playford's Dancing Master.



Sunday, January 9, 2011

Adriaenssen - Almande nonnette


The tune of the monica or jeune fillette appears in the Low Countries as Almande nonnette, as in Adriaenssen's Pratum Musicum, a book of tabs for the lute.
TablEdited adaptation for low fourth tuning and PDF file.

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Byrd - Queen's almain


England as well heard the siren's song: you'll recognize the "monica" or "jeune fillette" in this adaptation of William Byrd's The Queene's almain or alman for low 4th tuning.