Category Early Music

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

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) by Tielman Susato (c.1510/15 – after 1570). PDF Sheet Music Arranged for Classical Guitar by Bradford Werner. For Guitar Quartet, Ensemble, or Orchestra. Score only (2 pages each Ronde) Notation Fingering only on upper position…

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…

Adam Holzman plays Capriccio by Pietro Paolo Melli

Adam Holzman plays Capriccio “Il Gran Monarca” by Pietro Paolo Melli (1575-1620) at the Boston GuitarFest 2011. Holzman is famous for his excellent teaching and high level students but his playing is equally wonderful. I know very little about Melli, however, the music…

The Image of Melancholly by Holborne for Ensemble (Free PDF)

The Image of Melancholly by Anthony Holborne (1545-1602)Arranged for Guitar EnsembleFrom: Consort Music from Pavans, Galliards, Almains and other short Aeirs London 1599Arranged for Guitar Ensemble by Bradford Werner Consort music is perfect for guitar ensemble arrangements and requires very…

Rolf Lislevand Plays Santiago de Murcia on a 1679 Guitar

Rolf Lislevand plays A.Stradivari Sabionari, 1679 guitar. He’s playing Tarantela by Spanish guitarist and composer Santiago de Murcia (1673–1739). I just love Baroque guitar with its pluckier softer sound. When played on modern guitar the strumming is a bit harsh and…

Review: The Early Romantic Guitar by Murray Visscher

The Early Romantic Guitarby Murray Visscher, 19th Century GuitarTitania, 2010 Repertoire:Francois de Fossa (Op. 12, Cinquième Fantasie sur l’air des Folies d’Espagne)Mauro Giuliani (Op. 33, 12 Ecossoises) & (Op. 102, Introduction et Variation )Ferdinando Carulli (Op. 241, Selections)Fernando Sor (Op.…