Tombeau sur la Mort de M. Comte d’Logy by Weiss

Tombeau sur la Mort de M. Comte d’Logy arrivée 1721 (London Manuscript) by Sylvius Leopold Weiss (1687–1750). Sheet Music or Tab for Classical Guitar. Comes with both a notation only edition and a notation + tab edition. Left hand fingering. PDF Download. Level: Advanced.

One of the most important Baroque lutenists and composers and a direct contemporary of Bach, we are very lucky to have the music Weiss. The Tombeau sur la Mort de M. Comte d’Logy is one his finest works and very popular arrangement for guitar. Weiss used a symbol for ornaments that allows for numerous interpretations. I’ve added the most likely appoggiaturas and removed impractical ornaments for a modern guitar edition. Although I’ve added editorial ornaments I keep true to the original as much as possible. I love Robert Barto’s lute recordings of Weiss, you can get his recording of this work here: Weiss Volume 10 or listen to it on Spotify.

Tombeau by Weiss (PDF Sheet Music or Tab) 

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Video Performance YouTube Link

In the meantime, here’s a lute recording.

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  1. I’d be grateful for your thoughts on why many guitar transcriptions of this gorgeous piece are in Bm, when Am would seem to be simpler, and also closer to the original lute key (B flat minor at A415). Is there particular passages that benefit from Bm?

    • It’s also successful in Am but difficult in both keys. The original tablature has a surprising amount of closed chord fingering and upper position work allowing for an opportunity to play in Bm. Also, the low E string in Bm does come in handy a few times despite the issue of octave displacement in the bass voice whenever a low D comes up. Another reason is that I had played numerous editions in Bm already. I did take a serious look at A minor though and considered it.

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