Category Early Music

Early music with classical guitar, lute, theorbo, vihuela and Baroque guitar. Music of the Renaissance and Baroque eras for classical guitar.

Introducing the Baroque Guitar with Sergio Bucheli

Sergio Bucheli takes us through the development of the Baroque guitar, various playing styles, continuo and solo repertoire and its influence on Latin American folk traditions. This comes via Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment’s YouTube channel. Wonderfully informative video and an…

Mobley and Acker Perform Purcell

Reginald L. Mobley (countertenor) and Brandon Acker (theorbo) perform Here The Deities Approve from Welcome to all the pleasures, Z.339 by Henry Purcell (c. 1659–1695). This comes via Acker’s great YouTube channel. Mobley is one of my favourite early music vocalists and I’ve been lucky to hear him…

Aria and Capriccio by Francesco Asioli

Aria & Capriccio by Francesco Asioli

Aria and Capriccio by Francesco Asioli (1645-1676). PDF sheet music and video for classical guitar arranged by Bradford Werner. Includes both a notation-only edition and separate tab edition. Left hand fingering. The technique level is intermediate, around a Grade 6 but it’s a mature work in…

Evangelina Mascardi Plays Ciaccone in E Flat by Weiss

Evangelina Mascardi performs Ciaccone in E Flat Major by German Baroque composer and lutenist Sylvius Leopold Weiss (1686–1750) on a 13 course baroque lute built by Cezar Mateus. Recorded at the church of San Francesco di Orte (Viterbo), Italy. This comes via Edoardo…

Ariel Abramovich and Perrine Devillers

Abramovich and Devillers Perform Ceballos (arr. Daza)

Ariel Abramovich (vihuela de mano) and Perrine Devillers (soprano) perform Duro mal, terrible llanto by Spanish composer Rodrigo de Ceballos (c.1525-c.1581) arranged by Estevan Daza (c.1537-1596) in his El Parnasso (Valladolid, 1576). This comes via Edoardo Lambertenghi’s excellent YouTube channel. Estevan Daza, or…

Lachrimae (Poulton No.15) by John Dowland for Guitar

Lachrimae (Poulton No.15) by John Dowland (1563-1626). PDF sheet music and video for classical guitar. Originally for Renaissance lute. Includes both a notation-only edition with left hand fingering and a separate tab edition. The level is early-advanced (grade 9). This is a PDF Download. My PDF Sheet…

La Traditora (Saltarello) by Marco Dall’Aquila

La Traditora No.2 (Saltarello) by Marco Dall’Aquila (c.1480-1538). PDF sheet music for classical guitar. Includes both a notation-only edition and tab edition. Left hand fingering. Tuning and fingering is for relative lute tuning (3rd string to F sharp). Intermediate, Grade 6 depending on…

Sanel Redzic Plays Suite BWV 997 by Bach

Sanel Redžić plays Suite BWV 997 by Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750) on classical guitar. This comes via Redžić’s fantastic YouTube channel. Recorded in Schottenkirche Erfurt, Germany. Redzic has recorded almost all the ‘lute’ suites at this point some of which I’ve previously featured. Great pacing and articulations…

Canarios by Gaspar Sanz

Canarios by Gaspar Sanz for Guitar

Canarios by Gaspar Sanz (1640-1710). PDF sheet music arranged for classical guitar. This comes from my edition Gaspar Sanz Guitar Collection Volume 1 which includes Villanos, Fuga, Españoletas, La Cavalleria de Nápoles con dos Clarines, Las Hachas, and Canarios. Includes both…

Goran Krivokapić Plays Prelude, Fugue, and Allegro, BWV 998 by Bach

Above: Goran Krivokapić performs the Allegro from Prelude, Fugue, and Allegro, BWV 998 by Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750). This comes via Siccas Guitars and their great YouTube channel. Excellent rhythmic and articulated style here along with controlled motivic attention in the Allegro. But also see…

Sonata No.9 by Giovanni Zamboni

Sonata No.9 by Giovanni Zamboni

Sonata No.9 a by Giovanni Zamboni (c.1650-1721). From Sonate d’intavolatura di liuto Op.1. PDF Sheet Music arranged for classical guitar. Originally for archlute. Movements: Preludio, Alemanda, Giga, Sarabanda, Gavotte. Comes with both a notation-only edition and a tab edition. Left hand fingering. The level is early-advanced depending on…

Emmanuel Sowicz Plays Gavotte I & II, BWV 1012 by Bach

Emmanuel Sowicz plays Gavotte I & II from Cello Suite No.6, BWV 1012 by J.S. Bach (1685-1750) on a 2019 Carsten Kobs guitar. This comes via his YouTube channel. Wonderfully clean and graceful performance by Sowicz with particularly crisp and well placed ornamentation.   Out…