Mille Regretz (Canción del Emperador) by Narváez

Mille Regretz (Canción del Emperador) by Luis de Narváez (fl. 1526-1549). PDF Sheet music or tab for classical guitar. Comes with both a Notation-Only Edition and a TAB edition. Left hand fingering. The level is Late-Intermediate (Approximately Grade 7). This edition uses F# tuning on the 3rd string (see video explanation below). Here’s the free YouTube Lesson if you want to watch it there.

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Narváez’s arrangement is originally for vihuela. Based on the four part chanson Mille regretz de vous habandonner by Josquin des Prez (d.1521). Original spelling by Narvaez is “Mille Regres”. This is an intabulation of Mille regretz de vous habandonner by Josquin des Prez (d.1521) but there is some debate as to the original composer.  Narvaez called it Canción del Emperador as it was a favourite of Emperor Charles V. The original text translates to:

A thousand regrets at deserting you
and leaving behind your loving face,
I feel so much sadness and such painful distress,
that it seems to me my days will soon dwindle away.

Why do guitarists use capos and 3rd string F# tuning?

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