James Tyler offers a practical manual to aid guitar players and lutenists in transitioning from modern stringed instruments to the baroque guitar. He begins with the physical aspects of the instrument, addressing tuning and stringing arrangements and technique before considering the fundamentals of baroque guitar tablature. In the second part of the book Tyler provides an anthology of representative works from the repertoire. Each piece is introduced with an explanation of the idiosyncrasies of the particular manuscript or source and information regarding any performance practice issues related to the piece itselfrepresented in both tablature and staff notation. Tyler's thorough yet practical approach facilitates access to this complex body of work.
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About the Author
James Tyler (1940-2010) was Professor Emeritus of Music History and Literature and served as Director of the Early Music Program and of the Thornton Baroque Sinfonia at the University of Southern California. He is author (with Paul Sparks) of The Guitar and Its Music and The Early Mandolin.
Table of Contents
Part 1. The Basics 1. The Instrument 2. Tuning and Stringing 3. Technique 4. Reading Tablature Notation Italian Tablature French Tablature 5.The Fundamentals of Battuto (Strumming) Technique Simple Strokes Rhythmic Ornamentation 6. Reading Mixed Tablature Notation Performance Markings Ornament Signs More about Alfabeto 7. Idioms Unique to the Baroque Guitar "Inversionless" Chords Campanelas The Selective Playing of Bourdons 8. A Note on Basso Continuo
Part 2. An Anthology of Music for Baroque Guitar Introduction to the Anthology 9. Pieces Suitable for Stringing A Pavanas por la D / Gaspar Sanz (1675) Suite of English Tunes / Elizabeth Cromwell's Manuscript (ca. 1684) Corrente nona / Ferdinando Valdambrini (1646) Allemande–Sarabande / Antoine Carré (1671) 10. Pieces suitable for Stringing B Prelud[io]–Chiacona / Francesco Corbetta (1648) Alemanda–Corrente–Sarabanda–Giga / Giovanni Battista Granata (1674) Passacaille dite Mariona / Lelio Colista (ca. 1675) Prelude / Angelo Michele Bartolotti (ca. 1655) Allemande "La Furieuse" / François Campion (1705) Folies d'Espagne / François Le Cocq (ca. 1700) 11. Pieces Suitable for Stringing C Pavaniglia con parti variate / Giovanni Paolo Foscarini (ca. 1630) Aria di Fiorenza / Anonymous/Carlo Calvi (1646) Capriccio–Sarabanda–Capriccio / Francesco Asioli (1676) Jacaras / Francisco Guerau (1694) 12. Pieces for Guitar and Basso Continuo Sinfonia a 2 / Francesco Corbetta (1643) Sinfonia à dui / Giovanni Battista Granata (1651) Follià: Sonata 12 de Coreli [sic] / Arcangelo Corelli/Anonymous (ca. 1725–30)
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Tyler's detailed explanation of stringing and tuning, playing techniques, notation, and ornamentation will make a vast repertory immediately accessible to anyone who plays the guitar and easily accessible to . . . musicians in general.