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.

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