New Postings

09Mar16: Posted the first 20 preludes from Mertel's "Hortus Musicalis Novis" (1615).  Göran Crona has already done an elegant PDF edition of the Mertel. Mine will be in my own preferred format, will be done directly from the original facsimiles, will include the original right hand fingerings and slur marks, and will have the original version noted wherever I have made a correction.

07Mar16: Posted v.6 (1615) of "Airs de differents autheurs", thus completing the collection.

01Mar16: Posted v.5 (1614) of Ballard's "Airs de differents auteurs".

26Feb16: Posted v.4 (1613) of Ballard's "Airs de differents auteurs".

20Feb16: Posted v.3 (1611) of Ballard's "Airs de differents auteurs".  Another editorial point:  In the original, all of the airs end in a long (quadruple  semibreve), with a fermata or corona over it.  It seems clear that it would have made no sense to sing the songs this way, so I assume this was just a way of showing that it was the end of a piece.  This means the individual performer will have to decide what to do about the length of the final note. I have given my interpretations, but the performers should take these with a grain of salt.

16Feb16: Posted v.2 (1609) of Ballard's "Airs de differents auteurs".  Editorial note addendum: I continue to put in dotted bar lines and time signatures.  The sparse bar lines in the originals are not very meaningful rhythmically, since they only mark the beginning of text lines, and many text lines begin with a pickup note or two, and where this is the case, I have left them out.  I think early music performers  are used to seeing modern editions with bar lines and time signatures where these are not present in the original and have learned not to take them too seriously.

10Feb16: Posted v.1 (1608) of Ballard's "Airs de differents auteurs".  I also corrected some text underlay issues in v.7.

05Feb16:  Posted v.7 (1622) of Ballard's "Airs de differents auteurs", containing 64 airs de cour.  This is the last of 7 volumes put out by Ballard, each containing a large number of airs, the total number being 422. These were painstakingly and very accurately encoded and edited by Douglas Towne, who also put in the text underlay for the pieces--altogether a monumental piece of work. In their original form, these are mostly unmeasured.  I have taken it upon myself to insert dotted bar lines and time signatures.  As a performer, I have found these visual aids helpful, though others may find them annoying. Those who prefer the unmeasured versions can find them in the very clear and accurate source facsimiles.

31Jan16: Mynshall Lute Book (1600) posted, along with its cleaned-up facsimile.  This book may be useful in providing concordances but contains very little that is new.  Also, its scribe is extremely sloppy about barring and rhythm flags, so there are multiple errors per page.  Some pieces were actually indecipherable (by me); others required a lot of work.

27Jan16: Sampson Lute Book (1610) posted, along with a cleaned-up facsimile of same.  It contains several duets and many familiar English pieces.

26Jan16: Brogyntyn Lute Book (c. 1600) completed.  This source has a number of familiar dances and some lute duets, but the bulk of the MS consists of lute song accompaniments.  It appears to have been intended as "Part Book 2" of a collection, the other parts of which are lost.  However,  most of the other parts of the songs and duets are available elsewhere.  I have brought in these other parts from other English MSS and especially from Philip Brett's book of consort songs to make for complete pieces.  So reconstructed, the lute songs are excellent pieces.  There are also many where I was not able to find the other parts, so if anyone has access to these, I would appreciate the help.  I have posted a cleaned-up copy of the source facsimile.

25Jan16:Posted #'s 1-100 (out of 222) of the Danzig MS 4022 (1621).  I have been most pleased to collaborate with Magdalena Tomsinska on this edition as co-editor. As she has studied these pieces extensively and even made an excellent CD of pieces from the collection [link included], I consider her the leading expert on the MS.  The MS is notable for its extensive collection of Polish music and other European pieces and a few English ones.  Almost all of the pieces are dances of one kind or another or vocal intabulations. They are written for Renaissance lute of 6 to 9 courses.  I have also included a cleaned-up facsimile of this document.

05Jan16: Posted the complete Hirsch Lute Book (1595).  This is a rich source of English lute music, but also of European pieces. All but two pieces are for 6-course lute.  All are untitled, but many are familiar pieces by Dowland, Byrd, Allison, Holborne, Milano, etc. About half of the pieces in the MS are fantasies; 14 are anonymous. Many of these are very interesting, beautiful, and well put together. I have also posted a cleaned-up version in facsimile.

16Dec15: Completed work on Paladin's second book, Livre de tablature de luth (1560). This contains vocal intabulations of madrigals and chansons, as well as some well-crafted fantasies and parodies. and a few dances.  I also posted a cleaned-up version of the facsimile in Italian tab.

24Nov15: Completed work on Jean Paul Paladin Tabulature de Lutz (1549). Most of the pieces are fairly simple. There are some vocal intabulations of French chansons, followed by some good fantasies and dances, presumably by Paladin himself, ending with a lengthy "battle", intended for 6-course lute with the 6th course down a whole note.  I have also made an arrangement for 7-course lute.. I have a cleaned up version of the source facsimile, as well.

30Sep15: Completed work on the Siena lute book (ca. 1590). It contains 155 pieces, mostly by Francesco da Milano and contemporaries with a similar polyphonic style -- a truly wonderful collection. I am greatly indebted to Jason Kortis, who encoded the vast majority of the pieces in 2003 -- a major piece of work taking more than four months -- to Arthur Ness, John Robinson,  and others, who helped me finding source documents for the pieces and  helped identify many of the untitled or unattributed pieces. Most of the pieces are fantasies or ricercars, but there are 22 intabulations of French chansons and a very few dances. Only some of the pieces are titled or attributed, but many have been identified from other sources. All the pieces are for 6-course lute, except at the end of the MS there are several unmeasured  pieces for 7-course lute which present a considerable interpretive challenge, as they also contain many puzzling rhythm notations.  I did the best I could, but I also included unmeasured versions of these pieces that are unedited apart from a few corrections of wrong notes.

05Sep15: Posted an edition of John Danyel "Songs for the lute, viol, and voice" (1605), with its facsimile. These are songs of amazing quality, quite comparable to Dowland at his best. It is a shame that so little of Danyel's music survives.  His lyrics are very interesting and intelligent , and his settings display an excellent sense of counterpoint, in which each part has its own interest, yet all easily playable.  Also, his text underlay is meticulous; the poetry fits the words perfectly, in all the parts. A couple of the pieces use alternate tunings.  I have made arrangements of these in standard tunings.

27Aug15: Completed work on Corkine's Second book of ayres (1612), containing 18 lute songs and 12 pieces for lyra viol, including one duet.  I made arrangements of these for 7-course lute.  This includes one rather extraordinary lute song, and which the singer tries to dissuade a maiden from her vow of life-long chastity. The argument is that if she does not put out, she is doomed to the eternal shame of dancing in hell with bob-tail apes, and that she would be better off lying with every passing peasant than to suffer that fate. There is also a vocal intabulation of the popular tune "Come live with me and be my love", with words attributed to Christopher Marlowe. I took the liberty of creating a lute song version of this piece.

20Aug15: Posted an edition of William Corkine's First booke of ayres (1610).  This contains 12 lute songs and 12 solo works for lyra viol, all high quality and relatively free of errors.  I also made arrangements for 7-course lute for the lyra viol pieces. I also posted facsimiles of his first and second book of ayres. These are of quite poor quality, necessitating some judgment calls in making the edition.

08Aug15: Posted Sixt Kargel's book (Novae Elegantissimae... 1574) in French tab, and a very clean facsimile of same in Italian tab.  The book has very few errors in the original.  It starts with 4 fantasies by the composer and proceeds with vocal intabulations of chansons, madrigals, napolitane, motets, and passemezzi. Most are by Ordando di Lasso. All are somewhat challenging to play because of the diminutions and occasional high positions they contain, but of high quality. It includes an interesting version of Susanne ung jour, written in a major "key" instead of the customary minor.

19Jul15: Completed edition of Antoine Francisque's Trésor d'Orphée. It starts with a highly ornamented version of  Susanne un jour and contains a few passamezzos, preludes, fantasies, gavottes, and a number of voltes and courantes.  Some pieces are in an alternate tuning.  I also have the original facsimile, which is in excellent shape.

10Jul15: Completed work on all but one frottola from Bossinensis Tenore e Contrabassi, v.2, 55 in all. The one I have not yet been able to figure out is #40 Quando andaratu al monte, by G.B. Zesso.The structure of this piece is hard to figure out, partly because it has 2 "da capos"  in it, and it is not clear what should be done about them. Anybody have any ideas?

25Jun15: Completed my edition of  the works of Francesco da Milano, filling out the collection to include all the pieces in the Ness volume as well as others that surfaced after its publication, kindly provided by John Robinson, who also encoded many of the pieces. Carlo Stringhi also contributed many of the pieces in the collection. I have been able to check all but a handful of the pieces against source facsimiles, which I hope has minimized any errors. This collection includes many duets not previously on my site as well as many of Milano's vocal intabulations, which are very well constructed. Some pieces are ornamented versions of the basic work.  I have put an "o" in the file name to designate these.  Others are parodies or works based on a known Milano piece.  These are marked with a "p". Works of questionable attribution that might be by Milano, I have marked with a "q" and, finally, new works not contained in the Ness volume, I have marked with an "x".

Of course I, and the entire lute community, owe Arthur Ness a great debt for the excellent scholarship found in his 1971 edition of Milano's works.  Ness has also been very helpful to me in answering several queries I have had in connection with the work on the Milano project.

26Apr15: Posted facsimile of Bossinensis Tenore e contrabassi v.2 (1511).

13Apr15: Posted edition of Franciscus Bossinensis Tenore e contrabassi (1509).  This contains 12 short ricercari, but the bulk of the work consists of 70 frottole of different types -- strambotti, barzellette, odes, sonnetti, and capitoli.  These formes fixes present non-trivial problems in their repeat structure and text underlay.   I was greatly aided by consulting Benvenuto Disertori's (1954) work on the subject, La frottola nella storia della musica, and William Prizer's (1975) article in the LSA Journal, as well as some very useful tips from .  With this help, I was able to identify the structure of most of the frottole in the collection. For the outliers, I did what seemed logical.  I have been as careful as I know how to be, but please let me know if you find any errors in my editions. The 26 short ricercars found at the end of the work serve as introductions to the various frottole.18Mar15: Posted edition of Ochsenkuhn Tablature auff di Lauten (1558) in German and French tab. did most of the heavy lifting, having carefully and painstakingly encoded the entirety of the 200+ pages in German tab. I have double-checked it against the original facsimile and also cleaned up the facsimile a bit more for easier readability. All the pieces are very high quality stuff, and there are almost no errors in the original.  All the pieces are polyphonic vocal intabulations, including several secular works Ochsenkuhn was unique in using the capability of German tab to separate the parts of his pieces by putting each part on a separate line.  If 2 or more parts play the same note at the same time, Ochsenkuhn duplicates the note on all the lines that are playing it at that moment.  This makes this book valuable in showing how parts in tab are separated, and would, in theory, make it possible to reconstruct the mensural polyphonic model of each piece. It certainly also serves as a useful guide to playing the pieces. If you want to see the German tab, you can find it here, or you can check out the facsimile.

04Mar15: I know it's a bit late, but I posted lute song versions of  "Chestnuts roasting on an open fire" and "Have yourself a merry little Christmas", a couple of my faves. These were for a Christmas gig.

18Feb15: Posted facsimile of Ochsenkuhn Tablature auff di Lauten (1558). I did a little cleanup to make it more readable, though I expect few will read it, as it consists of over 200 pages of German tab, mostly vocal intabulations of religious works.  I am working with Arne Harder on a French tab edition. 

12Feb15: Completed edition of Vincenzo Galilei Fronimo Dialogo  (1584).  Göran Crona did  careful work in creating his edition of this work I have added a few pieces not present in that edition, proofread each piece note for note against the original facsimile and by listening to each, and inserted the copious number of tenuto marks that are found throughout the work. Also, this edition, like all of mine, is in French tablature, which some may find easier to read then the original Italian. Unfortunately, the facsimile I had to work from was of very poor quality, with an excessive number of smudges, drop-outs, bleed-throughs, and, sadly, many dark lines vertically spanning all the pages from scratches on the microfilm. I have also posted that facsimile, on which I have attempted some  cleanup, though it is still in rough shape. Arne Harder provided a better copy, which I have yet to post, as it still needs cleanup, and I am on to the next project. Fronimo contains over a hundred pieces, all of excellent quality.  It mostly consists of intabulations of 3 to 6-part vocal pieces of the time, but it also contains a few lute duets, and ricercars in every conceivable mode.  There are a couple of "puzzle fugues", one in mensural notation, the other in tab.  I could not figure out how to make sense of these, but was finally able to with the help of Arne Harder..

25Jan15: Posted somewhat cleaned up facsimile of the Braye Lute MS from Yale University Beinecke Library.

21Jan15: Posted cleaned-up edition of Bossinensis Tenore e contrabassi, v. 1 (1509).  This contains an amazing number of frottole as well as 25 ricercari, all in Italian notation. The ricercari appear to be intended as intros to the various vocal pieces.

18Jan15: Posted edition of Rotta's Intabolatura di lauto, v.1  (1546). For this, I am greatly indebted to , who did an excellent edition of this work in Spanish tab and thus saved me a lot of work on data entry. For the volume of encodings he has produced over the years, Jason is surely one of the unsung heroes of creating accessible lute music.  My edition, in French tab, contains the massive, perhaps obsessive, quantity of tenuto marks present in the second edition of this volume (rendered as X's after the notes to be held)..  These give a crystal clear view of the voice leading in the pieces. The pieces range in difficulty from fairly easy to challenging and include padouanas, passamezzi, galliards, saltarellos, ricercars, and vocal intabulations. All were checked against the originals. There are few errors in the original document and few in Kortis's edition, which was obviously done with great care.

14Jan15: Posted cleaned-up copy of Rotta's Intabolatura di lauto, v.1  (1546). It is in Italian tab.  Fronimo edition will follow.

09Jan15: Posted an edition of Chansons reduictzs en tabulature de lut (1546).  Most of the pieces are fairly easy.  An exception is the massive Battle piece, which is one of the most ambitious of type I have seen..

02Jan15: Posted cleaned-up copy of  Phalèse Chansons reduictzs en tabulature de lut (1546). This contains intabulations of many popular tunes, as well as fantasies, praeludia, and a very long bataille. The pagination is a bit wonky.  Rather than trying to correct it, I have let the file names reflect the page numbers given in the original. Thanks to for pointing out the error in page numbering.

08Dec14: Completed edition of Casteliono Intabolatura de leuto (1536).  This contains some excellent pieces by dall'Aquila, Borrono, and Milano.  It contains fantasies, toccatas, pavanes, and saltarellos. There are very few errors in this source, which makes life easier.

24Nov14: Posted cleaned-up facsimile of Casteliono Intabolatura de leuto (1536), for those that like Italian tab.  French tab edition to follow.

14Nov14: Completed edition of Emanuel Adriaenssen Pratum Musicum (1584). I could not find a clean copy of the 1592 printing. Included are 60 vocal and lute ensemble pieces by various composers. It is unclear which of these pieces may have been originally composed by Adriaenssen himself.  I have to commend Alain Veylit for the excellent work he did encoding these pieces, especially the songs and lute ensemble pieces, which require a lot of work in aligning the different parts. His solutions are always careful and musical. I also checked the pieces against the facsimile original and found very few errors. I took the liberty of making lute songs out of the vocal pieces by creating lute accompaniments that do not double the top vocal line.

28Oct14: Posted a cleaned-up facsimile  version of Emmanuel Adriensen Pratum Musicum (1584).

21Oct14:  Completed edition of the Doni Lute MS (1640), as well as a cleaned-up but low-res version of the source. This is a collection of solo pieces for 14-course  archlute, though most of the pieces can be played on instruments of fewer courses. Sylvain Bergeron has created an excellent CD with a selection of pieces from this source. The collection contains 80 pieces: many courantes, galliards, and toccatas, and a smattering of other types of pieces, such as chaconnes.  Some of these pieces, especially the chaconnes, have few or no bar lines and rhythm flags, which makes interpreting them rather difficult., so I have set these aside for the time being and have included only those I feel reasonably certain of interpreting correctly.  The pieces vary greatly in difficulty.  Some of the toccatas are especially interesting and difficult, including two by Kapsberger.  I should mention that I have been getting very significant help from , , and in interpreting some of the idiosyncrasies of this and the de Bellis MSS.

03Oct14: Completed edition of the de Bellis MS (1615).  I also provide a cleaned-up grayscale source for this MS. This MS contains mostly quite easy pieces for 13-course archlute, although many of the pieces can be played on lutes with fewer courses. There are several corantos, allemands, sarabandas, etc. Mostly rather light fare.  It was a very difficult MS to clean up and to read, since it is light and of low contrast, and covered with artifacts. It is particularly of interest because more than half of the pieces are meticulously fingered for left and right hand and also contain ornaments and tenuto marks.  I have included these fingerings and marks in my edition.

27Aug14: Completed my edition of Piccinini  Intavolatura di liuto, v.2 (1639).  I have also provided a cleaned-up version of the source.  As in the first edition, all the pieces appear to be by Piccinini himself. The pieces in this volume are mostly fairly easy, some being written for 10-course lute and archlute up to 13 courses, but many for lutes with fewer courses. Some of the toccatas and ricercars are quite interesting and beautiful, reflecting a transition between renaissance and baroque styles. These are highly contrapuntal, yet with more baroque-like harmonies.

24Aug14:  John Robinson kindly made available a link to an important Italian tab MS in high resolution, the deBellis MS of 1615.

05Aug14: Completed Terzi's v.2 (1599). Also posted a cleaned-up source for v.2.  Volume 2, unlike v.1, is thoroughly notated as to right hand fingering and also as to tenutos. Terzi shows the latter by putting a + just to the right of the exact note or notes which is/are to be held.  This is more specific than the more general practice of just putting in a line to show a tenuto.  In my edition of this volume, I have used lines, but I have made sure that they start on the exact note that had the + next to it and have tried to guess where the note should end. This gives an unusually clear picture of the voice leading in the pieces.

27Jul14: Completed 50 pieces from Terzi's v.2 (1599) (halfway there). Content is similar to v.1.

20Jul14: Added a tutorial on rapidly encoding tab files using Fronimo.

01Jun14: Completed edition of Giovanni Antonio Terzi Intavolatura di liutto, v.1 (1593).  Also posted a cleaned-up source for this volume, for those that like to read Italian tab. This volume contains several religious and secular vocal intabulations, mostly in 5 or 6 parts, so the harmony is sometimes rather thick and difficult to play.  It also contains several great duets. One part of most may also be played as a solo. There are 11 Merulo canzones, which are excellent, and several fantasies by Terzi. These are not overly difficult, compared to the vocal intabulations. Also, there are several very inventive passemezzi, galliards, allemands (balli tedesci), courantes, and saltarelli.

12May14: Added different intabulations of the  Lochamer Liederbuch, done by , mostly for 5-course lute in G.

16Apr14: Completed an edition of Robinson's Schoole of Musicke (1603). This is a delightful collection of mostly quite easy English pieces, some of them exhaustively notated as to right and left hand fingering. I have preserved the fingerings in my edition.

13Apr14: Completed my edition of the Euing Lute Book. It consists almost entirely of famous English lute pieces, 71 of them. The spreadsheet has also been updated to include all recent postings.

07Apr14: Corrected the Lochamer Liederbuch pieces and added pieces from the Buxheimer Orgelbuch and the Breslau MS, all intabulated by  for an alternate tuning in C with the 4th course lowered a half-step; I have also arranged these for normal renaissance tuning.

05Apr14: With the kind help of , I have reviewed and corrected my edition of the da Crema pieces against the source facsimiles.

03Apr14:  Posted cleaned up copy of Giovanni M. da Crema's Intabolatura (1546).  I have moved my Fronimo edition of this work to sources/crema/intabolatura_de_lauto_1546.

31Mar14:  Posted cleaned-up copy of the lute solos from the Euing Lute Book. These consist of the first 68 pages from the book.  The remainder of the folios are tab chord diagrams for different figured bass notations on theorbo. This copy of the Euing book was one I obtained in the early '60s.  I am posting it, as it is much clearer than any I have found online.

25Mar14: Completed Testudo Gallo Germanica.

19Mar14:  Another 50 pieces of Testudo Gallo Germanica posted. Not too many left.

15Mar14: Posted some intabulations of keyboard pieces from the Lochamer Liederbuch (1460), done by , for an alternate tuning with the 4th course down a ½ step.  These fit very nicely onto a 6-course lute.  I have also rearranged these for normal Renaissance tuning.

13Mar14: Posted another 50 pieces of Testudo Gallo-Germanica.  Well over ½ way.

26Feb14:    Posted first 50 pieces of Testudo Gallo-Germanica. Many errors in this document, particularly in the English pieces.  The c and the e look almost identical and have required a lot of  judgment calls. Also the rhythm flags are extremely sloppy as to value and  placement.  More judgment calls.

16Feb14:    I posted all the missing pages of Testudo, including the intro.

15Feb14:    Wow! several people have sent me the missing pages, specifically Neil Morrison, Arne Harder, and  Sigmar Salzburg.  Many thanks for this help, which will enable me to complete the project.  Arne Harder pointed out that Bayerische Staatsbibliothek also has an online version.

13Feb14: Posted a cleaned-up facsimile of G.L. Fuhrmann Testudo Gallo-Germinica (1615).  This is a much clearer copy than anything I have found online, but it takes a lot of work to get rid of spots, etc. According to Julia Craig-McFeely, there should be 6 more pages, #s 185-190.  They are missing in my copy and in the ones I have found online.  Does anyone have these?

10Jan14: Completed Herbert of Cherbury book. One of the many great finds from this book are some wonderful fantasies by one Cuthbert Hely.

26Dec13: Posted another 100 pieces from the Herbert of Cherbury book.  Only 43 left!  Merry Christmas! 

13Nov13: Posted the first 100 pieces from the Herbert of Cherbury lute book.

28Oct13: Posted complete facsimile of Herbert of Cherbury lute book.  This is a rich source of  English lute music (180 pages), including many pieces unique to this source by Philip Rosseter, Jakub Reys, Robert Johnson, Daniel Bacheler, Charles Bocquet, René Saman, Diomedes Cato, Laurenzino Tracetti, Vincento Pinti, John Coprario,  Gabriel Bataille, Ennemond Gaultier, and others.  The copy is sometimes barely legible, with some pages later in the MS missing staves at the bottom, requiring a bit of creativity in the editing.   Alain Veylit made a beautiful edition of it in PDF format awhile back.  I plan to make my own edition. It's going to take awhile, but it's worth it.

23Oct13: Completed posting a cleaned-up and paginated copy of Gabriel Bataille's "Airs de differents autheurs", volumes 1-7.  This is a treasure trove of airs de cour in French tab, several hundreds of them.  Preceding the first bar of each piece  the tab shows the first note to be sung in the voice part. Sometimes, this implies a lute tuned to A.  Or it may simply be transposed.

05Sep13: Completed a major revamp and correction of my nearly 10,000 files.  I have standardized the library notation, adding library sigla to my designations. Alternate names for a document or  library are now separated by colons. Footnotes are simplified to omit comments. They are in three parts: 1. Publisher or library 2. Document 3. Editor and encoder credits. These are separated by double spaces. Comments and remarks are, along with other data, contained in the Section Annotation part of Fronimo (go to edit/secions/section annotations). This may not make a great deal of difference to many users, but the standardization should make it easier to construct the database for this site.

26Jul13: Completed edition of Margaret Board Lute Book consisting of 192 pieces. The first part of the document is very accurate; a little over half way through, a different scribe takes over, and then it becomes very sloppy, with many wrong notes, absent or incorrect rhythm flags or flags with missing dots, and many line errors. In this section, there are also a number of pieces with alternate tunings. Despite the inaccuracies, though, many of these later pieces are quite lovely, and most are fairly simple.

25Jun13: Posted cleaned-up facsimile of the Margaret Board Lute Book.

08Jun13: Completed edition of Kapsberger's Intavolatura di Liuto, v.1 (1611), consisting of  8 toccatas, 12 galliards, and 12 correntes.  All very unusual pieces, especially the toccatas, which are quirky and unlike anything else I have encountered from that time period -- or any time period.  None of the music is especially difficult to play, especially the dances, which are generally quite easy and charming. About half are playable on 7 courses; the rest can be played on a 9- or 10-course instrument.

05Jun13: Posted facsimile of Kapsberger's Intavolatura di Liuto, v.1 (1611) thanks to , who kindly sent it to me froim Brazil.

04Jun13: Completed edition of  the Barley lute book. This contains the usual flowery dedication, but if I were Lady Lucie Sussex, I'd be embarrassed by it.  The pieces are great -- fine versions of popular galliards, pavanes, and allemandes by Francis Cutting and John Dowland.  But there were so many errors that it was obviously a quick and dirty job. The right hand fingering is very erratic and often wrong, and there are many line errors -- notes, and even whole chords one line too high or low.  Plus many wrong notes. Obviously, printing standards were much lower in the 16th century, and Barley never bothered to proofread it.  Nevertheless, the music is great.

02Jun13: Posted cleaned-up facsimile of the lute section of William Barley's "New booke of Tabliture"

30May13: Posted revised version of Mus.ms.1512.  This source contains 77, mostly very easy, pieces, originally encoded by , and now proof-checked against the original, with some editorial additions. I discovered that what looks like a firmata sign is actually a sign for a breve or dotted semibreve, depending on the meter of the piece.  That explains the oddity of seeing what looks like a lot of firmatas all over the place in these pieces. Also, there is a peculiar + sign over certain notes which I have interpreted as a tenuto mark. This MS is pretty amazing, in that there are no cross-outs or corrections on it, yet there are only a handful of errors in the entire 142-page document. This must have been some copyist, considering that most manuscripts, and even printed works, contain at least an error per page, on average.

24May13: Posted cleaned-up facsimile of Bayerischer Staatsbibliothek Mus.ms.1512.

16May13: Completed edition of Melchior Newsidler's Intavolatura, v. 2, containing 12 vocal intabulations, 2 passamezzi, and 4 ricercars. All fairly hard. The last ricercar is particularly interesting.

10May13: Completed edition of Melchior Newsidler's Intavolatura, v. 1, containing 16 vocal intabulations, 2 passamezzi, and 4 ricercars.  All high quality stuff. Many errors were corrected on the original by an unknown helpful person, blotting out what was in the original.  However, the corrections seem valid. Next: v.2

01May13: Posted cleaned-up facsimile of Melchior Newsidler's Intavolatura, v.1 and v. 2  (1566).

22Apr13: Posted French tab edition of Melchoir Newsidler's Teutsch Lautenbüch., containing a number of religious and secular vocal intabulations, three fantasies by Newsidler, and three very inventive passamezzi/saltarelli. Although the source is very clear, the letters Newsidler uses in his German tab bear little resemblance to ordinary letters.  t looks like l, h like g, d like nothing in particular, e quite like o, g like p. r, s, and v look quite alike. He also has a way of intabulating for 7-course lute, which took me a little time to figure out. Fortunately, the original contains relatively few errors.

30Mar13: Posted cleaned-up facsimile of Melchoir Newsidler's Teutsch Lautenbuch (1574) in German tab.  A French tab edition is upcoming.

12Mar13: CUL Dd.5.78.3 completed. A lot of wonderful favorites, here. I would like to give special thanks to Neil Morrison, who gave me a great deal of help with pieces by Daniel Bacheler, many of whose pieces are uniquely represented here.

20Feb13: Half way through CUL Dd.5.78.  77 of 155 pieces. The source is posted online. Many fewer mistakes in this source.

08Feb13: Completed my edition of CUL Nn.6.36b.  It contains excellent stuff, including many Daniel Bacheler pieces of exceptional quality not found anywhere else. I am working on providing an even better version of the facsimile of this MS. Next major project will be CUL Dd.5.78., of which I expect to post the facsimile soon, once I have neatened it up.

16Jan13: Completed my edition of  CUL Dd.9.33c.

05Jan13: Posted facsimile of Thomas Robinson Schoole of Musicke.

20Dec12: Posted facsimile of CUL Nn.6.36b.  The original version of this had the top line of each page mostly or entirely blotted out.  Thanks to the good offices of , I got hold of a better  copy of this, and in this copy the MS is almost all there, so I have posted a cleaned-up copy of it.  I am working on a Fronimo edition of Nn.6.36. Neil has been very helpful in clarifying some sticky points.

04Dec12:  I just finished a little more than half of CUL Dd.9.33c (ff. 1-50v of 95), including 74 pieces, so far.  MS is in terrible shape (worse than Dd.2.11), with edges and bottom sometimes torn off or illegible, so I had to work with concordances and sometimes guesswork to fill in the missing bits. But the quality of the material is extremely high.

To Err is Human; to Correct, Divine

Although I have tried to be as accurate as possible, I'm sure many errors remain. I have cited the original source (MS or otherwise) whenever I knew it, and the original contributor/entabulator, though over the years much of this data has been lost. If you feel you are the one that originally contributed a particular piece and have not been acknowledged in a footnote for having done so, or if you know the source of a particular piece for which a source is not cited or wrongly cited, please email so I can update the footnote. Also, if you find errors in any of the pieces, can you please email me and, if possible, attach the modified version?  Click here to see the Corrections Honor Roll.

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I hope you get and give a great deal of pleasure from playing these pieces!

Sarge Gerbode

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