Category Early Music

Lesson: Fortune, My Foe by Dowland

This lesson comes from my book Classical Guitar Repertoire Lessons Grade 6 – Five pieces at the grade six level with dedicated lessons preparing you for each piece. Fortune, My Foe (Poulton No.62) by John Dowland (1563-1626) – YouTube Video Lesson Link. This…

Klaudyna Żołnierek Performs Robert de Visée

Klaudyna Żołnierek Performs Prelude, Sarabande, and Chaconne in A Minor by Robert de Visée (1655-1733) on Theorbo. This comes via her YouTube channel. Nice to see more and more theorbo performances being posted online. Great performance here by Żołnierek who…

Matthew McAllister plays Galliard by Francis Cutting

Matthew McAllister plays Galliard by Francis Cutting (c.1550–1596). This comes via his amazing YouTube channel. Excellent playing by McAllister with a nice bounce to the rhythm and some beautiful tapered phrasing. Cutting is one of the great Elizabethan lute players and composers but little…

Christus der ist mein Leben BWV 282 by Bach

Marta Paklar (soprano), Sofia Gvirts (alto), João Moreira (tenor), Matthew Baker (bass), and Mike Fentross (theorbo) perform the chorale ‘Christus der ist mein Leben’ from BWV 282 by Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750). This comes from the absolutely amazing Netherlands Bach Society and…

Sarabande, BWV 996 by Bach (Lesson, PDF)

Sarabande from Suite in E Minor, BWV 996 by Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750). Performance, Lesson, Sheet Music. Sheet Music, Tab, or Free Unfingered Edition (PDF) Here’s the sarabande lesson for my edition of the Suite in E Minor, BWV 996.…

So oft ich meine Tobackspfeife, BWV 515 by Bach

Charles Daniels (tenor), Menno van Delft (harpsichord), Mieneke van der Velden (viola da gamba), and Fred Jacobs (theorbo) perform “So oft ich meine Tobackspfeife” (Each time I take my pipe ’n tobacco) BWV 515 by Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750). This…

Courante, BWV 996 by Bach (Lesson, PDF)

Performance, Lesson, Sheet Music: Courante from Suite in E Minor, BWV 996 by Bach Sheet Music, Tab, or Free Unfingered Edition Here’s the third lesson for my edition of the Suite in E Minor, BWV 996. In this video I…

Tariq Harb Plays Tempo di Borea, BWV 1002 by Bach

Tariq Harb performs his arrangement of the 4th movement, Tempo di Borea, from Partita No.1, BWV 1002 for solo violin by Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750). This comes via Harb’s fantastic YouTube Channel. His arrangement is available to purchase here. Nice and crisp rhythmic…

Sanel Redzic Plays Violin Sonata, BWV 1001 by Bach

Sanel Redžić plays Violin Sonata I, BWV 1001 by Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750). This comes via Redžić’s fantastic and very active YouTube channel. Recorded in Schottenkirche Erfurt, Germany. Another entire Bach sonata! I don’t know if he’s covering the entire output but he’s on his…

Sinfonia (Arioso), BWV 156 by Bach (Lesson, PDF)

Sinfonia (Arioso) from Cantata “Ich steh mit einem Fuß im Grabe” BWV 156 by Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750). Sheet Music or tab arranged for classical guitar. Comes with both a notation-only edition and a tab edition. Left hand fingering. Early-Intermediate…

Pavana by Gaspar Sanz (Lesson, PDF)

Pavana by Gaspar Sanz (1640 – 1710). Originally for Baroque guitar. This comes from my Classical Guitar Repertoire Lessons Grade 5 book. Five pieces at the grade 5 level with dedicated lessons preparing you for each piece. Jump Ahead in the Video:…

Thomas Boysen (Vihuela) Plays Milan

Thomas C. Boysen plays Fantasia XI from El Masestro (1536) by Luis de Milán (c.1500-1561) on a Vihuela da Mano by Lourdes Uncilla. Really nice playing by Boysen with beautiful phrasing and pacing. Great to see an authentic performance up…