Category Early Music

Xingye Li plays Allegro BWV 1003 by Bach

Xingye Li plays Allegro BWV 1003 by J.S. Bach (1685-1750) on a 2014 Roy Fankhänel guitar. This is from Bach’s Violin Sonata No. 2 in A minor, BWV 1003. This video is via the excellent Siccas Guitars and their YouTube…

Emma Rush plays Phantasia in A major by David Kellner

Canadian guitarist Emma Rush plays Phantasia in A major by David Kellner (1670–1748). Kellner was a German lutenist and composer of the baroque era as well as a significant music theorist. Rush plays with a great clarity and nice unfolding…

Spagnoletta for Guitar (Free PDF)

Spagnoletta, Anonymous Lute Work – Free PDF Sheet Music and/or Tab arranged for Classical Guitar. This is a nice short anonymous lute work arranged for classical guitar. Great for students but also nice for any level or your gig book.…

Robert Barto Plays Presto by Weiss

This isn’t a new video but after watching it I had to share it anyway. If you don’t know Robert Barto you must get to know his work. His Weiss recordings (Amazon) are absolutely fantastic. I’m not exaggerating. They are…

Jarring Sounds Play Henry Purcell

Jarring Sounds with Danielle Reutter-Harrah, mezzo-soprano and Adam Cockerham, baroque guitar play “When first Amintas sued for a kiss” by Henry Purcell (1659–1695). I love the Baroque guitar strumming rather than an awkward arrangement of the keyboard score. Sounds so…

Vintage John Williams Talks and Plays Weiss

John Williams talks about and plays Suite in F by German Baroque lutenist and composer Sylvius Leopold Weiss (1687-1750) back in 1978. The video quality isn’t great but I love seeing these rare videos where he plays repertoire I didn’t…

Taso Comanescu plays Le Musette by Robert de Visée

Taso Comanescu plays Le Musette by Robert de Visée (ca. 1655 – 1732/1733) on a new Richard Reynoso classical guitar at the Guitar Salon International showroom in Santa Monica, CA. Visée was a composer, singer, lutenist, and more at the…

Drew Henderson plays Allegro from BWV 1003 by Bach

Canadian guitarist Drew Henderson plays the Allegro from Violin Sonata no. 2 BWV 1003 by J.S. Bach (1685-1750). Drew continues to amaze us with his excellent playing but the icing on the cake is the production value. Great playing, great sound,…

Six Rondes by Tielman Susato for Guitar Ensemble

Ronde 1-6 from Danserye (1551) Tielman Susato (c.1510/15 – after 1570) Arranged by Bradford Werner For Guitar Quartet, Ensemble, or Orchestra PDF Download Score only (2 pages each Ronde) Notation Fingering only on upper position notes in Guitar One Optional…

Emanuele Buono plays Da Milano

Italian guitarist Emanuele Buono plays Francesco Da Milano: Fantasia No. 33 via the Naxos Youtube Channel. Beautiful sound on this recording and Buono’s clear and relaxed playing hits the spot. Notice his faster bass runs are played with thumb and…

Nigel North plays Francesco da Milano

Here’s some more from Nigel North from the same concert as last week’s post. Here he performs Ricercars 14 & 75 and Fantasias 64 & 25 (Ness edition numbering) by Italian composer/lutenist Francesco da Milano (1497–1543), also known as Il divino. The recording was made…

Nigel North plays Fantasie by Albert de Rippe

Nigel North plays Fantasie by Albert de Rippe (Alberto da Ripa) (c. 1500–1551) via the Lute Society of America YouTube channel. Albert de Rippe was an Italian lutenist and composer who later working in the courts of France. More info via…