Marco De Biasi plays Melancholy Galliard (Poulton No.25) by Elizabethan composer and lutenist John Dowland (1563-1626). This comes via his YouTube channel. Great performance here with some beautiful pacing and phrasing. De Biasi is also a composer, I performed some of his Studies (Studios) for guitar trio two years ago which are pretty cool pieces. I highly recommend checking out his compositions and work, he’s also an artist/painter, see more at his website.
Coincidentally, I just finished an edition of this piece and will be releasing it and a video myself in a week or two. It’s a lovely work but surprisingly not as easy as it sounds!
My Dowland Sheet Music and Lessons
- John Dowland (1563-1626) – Renaissance, England
- Fortune, My Foe by Dowland, Grade 6, Sheet Music or Tab
- Mr. Dowland’s Midnight by Dowland, Grade 4, Sheet Music or Tab
- Mrs. Winters Jump by Dowland, Grade 4, Free Sheet Music or Tab
- Orlando Sleepeth by Dowland, Grade 4, Sheet Music or Tab
- Tarleton’s Resurrection, Grade 6, Sheet Music or Tab
- The Round Battle Galliard, Grade 7, Sheet Music or Tab
at Dowland s time this music was played with a luth liberating lhe left hand fingers most of the bass notes beeing strokes on (cordes a vide)
It was indeed played on a lute but Dowland generally played a 6 or 7 string lute so the fingering is almost exactly the same if you read the tablature faithfully and have the 3rd string tuned down to F sharp.
Great performance. Really interesting to see and hear him breathing on the phrases as if he were singing the piece!