Renaissance lute music from popular & famous lute players/composers of the period. Music taken from the original sources (manuscripts, early printed editions...) and/or their official contrasted modern editions .
The music collected in this album it´s distributed according to two main aspects: popular & highbrow music. About the more ‘folk culture’ facet, it comes from traditional roots such like ‘Dixhuit Basses Danses’ & ‘Tres Breve et Familiere Introduction’ popular music compilation, both published in 1529 by the french editor Pierre Attaignant (1494-1552). Following this line, there are also many pieces from great composers inspired in popular, like the branles from Adrian Le Roy (c.1520-1598), the passamezzo with diminutions from the dutch David Janszoon Padbrué (1553-1635), or the rare and almost unknown lute transcriptions from the german organist Hans Leo Hassler’s music (1564-1612). In a more scholastic way, we´ll find out here some of the greatest authors who took the lute (or vihuela) in Europe to its highest level: the italian masters Francesco Canova da Milano ‘Il Divino’ (1497-1543) & Marco dall’Aquila (1480-1544), the spanish vihuelists Luys Milán (before 1500-after 1561) & Luys de Narváez (c.1500-1550/60); and of course, one of the most famous lutenists of his time: John Dowland (1563-1626), whose music and fame spread throughout Europe, and there´s no repertoire for the lute without some of his magnificent work.
About the sources, as the lute repertoire from XVI century is considerably extensive, diverse & dispersed in so many manuscripts or printed editions, now safely preserved in libraries all around the world, I´ve selected these pieces in a range of publication between 1529-1610, with main criterion focused on the more representative aspects of the renaissance lute: this means its popular character as much as its more skilled-thorough counterpoint playing, according to the wide reality of a scenario with either amateur players or virtuoso lute masters. Despite the well known modern editions provided by acclaimed investigators-lute players such like Diana Poulton (‘The Collected Lute Music of John Dowland’), Arthur Ness (‘The Lute Music of Francesco Canova da Milano’), the digital transcriptions of Richard Civiol, or the invaluable labour of ‘The Lute Society’ worldwide, I thought it necessary to detail here the original ones & publishing date for further information, just for a better & close approach with the music and his author´s circumstances. Likewise, I hope it would be an useful info to professionals & scholars interested in the original sources of the pieces.