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John Dowland - The Complete Lute Fantasias: ed. Stanley Buetens
The Fantasias of Dowland are some of the greatest lute music of the Renaissance. They are the creation of a great spirit and unique musician. They demonstrate why Dowland was the unrivalled lutenist of his or any age.
Ten fantasias are presented here, but only seven can definitely be ascribed to Dowland. The remaining three are also excellent pieces, Dowlandesque, and can be attributed to no other known composer. But strictly speaking, they must be considered anonymous. In addition to these ten pieces, two other fantasy-like compositions are included — Semper Dowland Semper Dolens and Loth to Depart.
The editor consulted all English versions of these pieces and has resolved ambiguities and corrected mistakes found in the originals. Only one of the fantasies was printed in Dowland’s time, and even this one is not error-free. Thus, the result presented here are composite corrected versions derived from all English sources. In each case, the best, most interesting, and musically consistent elements were chosen whenever a choice existed. Several pieces exist in only one source, so here only obvious mistakes were corrected. The eminently readable tablature system of Instrumenta Antiqua is used and the music is laid out to avoid page turns whenever possible. 37 pages.
The First Book of Tablature
Our first book of tablature brought back by popular demand. The ornament chart has been updated and the errors in the original have been corrected. The book for beginning and intermediate lute and guitar players that has launched a thousand careers. Back in print! All the same content as the original! Main design remains the same. All artwork restored to original quality. Can also be purchased at Amazon. 26 pages.
Instruction for the Guitar by Antonio Lopes - Facscimile
Instruction for the Guitar by Antonio Lopes (published in 1883 in Brooklyn, NY) is a complete method for the study of the classical guitar as well as an extraordinary reference on all aspects of the guitar, harmony, modulation, accompaniment, rhythm, etc. Here, the guitar is used as a basis for a thorough musical education. It is a product of an era that was serious about guitar playing and musical education in general. Price Reduced!
Lute Recercars - ed. by Stanley Buetens
Thirteen early Italian pieces by Dalza, Spinacino, Bossinensis, and Capirola are given in French-English tablature with a separate transcription for modern guitar. An introduction explains the form. SOLD OUT!
Luys de Narvaez - Delphin de Musica
The Delphin de Musica was the second work to appear for the vihuela in the 16th century. Milan’s El Maestro, which appeared two years earlier, and the Delphin are the finest of all the vihuela books and rank with the great instrumental music of the century. Narvaez’s use of the vihuela was original and his musical idiom daring and inventive. Even in his own age, his achievements were recognized and appreciated. Twelve of the best pieces (some of them quite long) are presented in this edition.
The tablature has been changed to the French English letter type, since it is more widely known today. It is newly set in Instrumenta Antiqua’s unique and beautiful tablature system. A playable and careful transscription for guitar follows the tablature. The layout was planned to minimize page turns in both the tablature and guitar-notation sections. Graphic illustrations and several pages of the original are also given. A preface explores the nature of the vihuela, explains tablature, and discusses the rhythmic intricacies of Narvaez’s music. 45 pages.
Luys Milán - Six Pavans & Three Fantasies
Originally for Vihuela in numbered tablature, they are presented here in French-English tablature and also given in a transcription for modern guitar. Milan’s original instructions of 1536 are given plus an introduction explaining tablature and the nature of the music.
The Meaning & Performance of Ornament Signs in English Lute Tablatures
This monograph by Stan Buetens finally solves the mystery of the use of ornaments in Elizabethan times. The solution is both simple and complex because one of the signs has two meanings and different manuscripts employed different signs to represent the same ornaments. This is all explained with simple language and can be easily followed by all lutenists. Back in stock! New cover! Completely redesigned but with all of the same content! Can also be purchased at Amazon.com.
Method for the Renaissance Lute - Stanley Buetens
Seventy-five graded exercises toward the development of a lute technique based upon historical principles. Sections on tablature, tuning, ornamentation, playing from a score and many more. English-French tablature. One of our bestsellers! Originally published in 1969. This is the 5TH Edition.
Lassus: Bicinium Revisited, Vol. 1
In the early 17th Century an anonymous composer added a third (and higher) part to this excellent collection of 12 duets by the master Roland de Lassus and a few years later in 1622 a lower part was added by another anonymous gentleman in the style of the early baroque. The music can thus be performed in different ways: The original duet, the trio (with added descant) or as a trio (with added bass). The bass line can be played on a melodic instrument alone or on a keyboard instrument or both together. They will not work as quartets since the two additive gentlemen were unaware of each other. Each volume contains two of the 12 duets so 6 editions of this music are envisioned. Score and separate parts are included with an extra part in tenor clef for the tenor recorder. Two copies available (please note that they are damaged but readable).
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Sonata For Guitar And Flute (or Tenor Recorder) - E. G. Baron
A charming Baroque sonata in G originally for lute and flute. The original key is maintained so it can be played on the lute as well as the guitar. About 7 minutes. PLEASE E-MAIL TO CHECK ON AVAILABILITY OF THIS TITLE.
Study of the Lute - Ernst Gottlich Baron
BACK IN PRINT! New softcover version!
E. G. Baron’s Study of the Lute (Untersuchung des Instruments der Lauten) published in 1727, is one of the most comprehensive and important lute treatises in the 300 year history of the instrument. It contains much information that is unique to it, and deals with subjects that can be found in no other source. It is a mine of information concerning the history of the instrument, lute makers, composers, players, technique and performance practices of the day.
At last, this work has been translated into delightful English by Douglas A. Smith, retaining much of the flamboyant flavor of the original. A long preface gives the background of the work, its era, and the life of Baron. The present edition improves the value of the original, since explanatory footnotes, appendices, and an index have been added. Also, the voluminous Latin and Greek passages have been translated. The book is both delightful and informative. Over 200 pages. Our best seller!
*PLEASE NOTE* New paperback/softcover version now available. There are NO hardcover books available. Buy the paperback here or on Amazon.com.
The Bagel Book
OK, as you might have guessed, this book has nothing to do with music or the lute! Full title: The Bagel Book: How to make great professional bagels at home using Stan’s Original Bagel Maker Kit. Though created to be part of a kit, this book easily stands on it’s own as a guide to making great bagels. Spiral-bound. Now includes additional page explaining/updating ingredients and where to get them.