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Model Guitars. Music Themed Gifts. Record Players. Music Books. Music History. Album Songbooks. Artist Songbooks. Musical Instrument Accessories. Music Stand Lights. Have a listen to Tout a por moy for a really lovely example. These Dunstable pieces create the same mood. Full of interesting mood changes and beautiful lines. Similar to the other recorded Lupo pieces on this site. The Flatt Pavin. John Johnson - another Pavin! Fantasia a 3. With wonderful internal harmonies, rhythms, counterpart and lines.

Odd-country pieces - Russia, etc. Dance from the Nutcracker Suite. Tchaikovsky - Not even a little "Early" Music, but this was just too much fun to do. Arranged for 5 classical guitar parts. Ya' gotta crack a smile, no? Especially nice, are the simulated harp parts at and at the end. Also - and this may be a non-sequitor, but at the score calls for a B above B above middle C - the highest fretted note on my guitar I'd never played it before Peter Phillips - - this wonderful trio was a gift from Sue Iadone.

It's a terrific 3-part instrumental canon. Mon couer recommendezvous. Orlando Lasso - - Lasso was one of the primary musical geniuses of his time. All at once we met fair ladies We sing at pleasure. Thomas Weelkes - - Two choral works Two short pieces that represent Weelkes fine choral style. These arrangements are from the Edinburgh Guitar Society site - and specifically, arranged by Steve Nixon. They sound terrific. Besides a fountain Fantasy. Browning Recercare The Witches' Dance.

And they sounded it especially the production. Not really scary witches. What if I never speede? The cradle Bona speranzo The teares of the muses. Anthony Holborne - - This i. A Robyn. William Cornish - The messenger of the delightful spring. Francis Pilkington - William Brade - In pride of may. Thomas Weelkes - - a quick, 3-pa. The nightengale. Thomas Bateson - Stanley Myers - American Composers - Recorded in France and Franco-Flemish composers. Come peult. Josquin Des Pres - Probably the most important Flemish composer of the Renaissance, Josquin is especially noted for the expressive nature of his music, a trait that broke with the medieval tradition of more abstract music.

His artistic abilities were compared to those of Michelangelo, and Martin Luther is quoted: "Josquin is master of the notes, which must express what he desires; other choral composers must do what the notes dictate. Claude Le Jeune This another French chanson, has been recorded and performed by many choral groups.

I tend to like the way it sounds as an instrumental. Lots of two and three part rhythmic inter-play between the parts.

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You may note that this song is somewhat softer than the others, and sounds different audio-wise. This is because, for all the other songs I used stereo mic'ng, but not Revecy. The parts are still clear in this rendition, and some may like it better - non-stereo mic'd. Al fonsina. Johannes Ghiselin - Ghiselin - also known as Verbonnet was court composer to the king of France.

He was regarded as one of the leading composers of his time. This is terrific little 3-part chanson. Se je perdu mon ami. Se je perdu mon ami - is one of Josquin's most popular chansons. Absalon, fili mi. A beautiful, mysterious, 4-part sacred motet. This is one I need to re-record - it deserves better. Guillame Se Va Chaufer. One of the strangest 4-part songs you'll ever hear. The voice sings one note throughout D above middle C. Short, quirky and cool. Il Bianco E Dolce Cigno. It gives the work kind of a plain-song, or chant feel. Guillaume Costeley - This terrific chanson, was another choral piece that I believe sounds great as an instrumental.

Very jazzy rhythms and inner parts, especially towards the end. Note that, I'm basically doing the Joe and Susan Iadone arrangement of this, where the piece is divided up into three sections, each of which is fractionally slower than the last.

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For what it's worth, this was not easy to do with a click-track audible to those listening closely. Je Me Plains. Claude Sermisy - - a stately delicate 4-part motet. Airy and light - like some fine piece of old French embroidery, this too short piece is easy on the ears. Vignon, Vignon, Vigon, Vignette. Claude Sermisy - - a terrific, light 3-part "almost-a-round" madrigal that bounces in and out of 3 and 4. You can't help but smile listening to this piece. Claude Sermisy - - a composer and priest, this secular piece is hauntingly beautiful - sounding a lot like Dowland, in its harmonic complexity.

Il est bel et bon. Pierre Passereau -? A singer at Bourges cathedral, he contributed twenty-three chansons to anthologies published int the middle 's. Most of these are humorous, lively and intensely rhythmic - as this selection testifies. Las, pauvre coeur. Clement Jannequin — - French composer, famous for his descriptive four-part chansons. He also composed motets and spiritual chansons.

This one's a slow, strikingly beautiful 4-part motet. I apologize for some weird mic noise, randomly in this recording. I'll go back and re-do it, when I have the time.

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Latin for: "He ascended into heaven This is an incredibly intense selection both rhythmically and melodically in three parts by a relatively unknown early music composer. Cay phas. Petite nymphe folastr e. Clement Jannequin — - When I first started practicing this, I was afraid that it would end up recorded as, well, umm Not solely because of the title.

But in fact, the end result was pretty cool. A four part madrigal - fast, and fun - not lightweight too. Allegrez Moy. A six count'm Very mystical sounding - but with a cool "3 against 4" rhytm towards the end. Mille Regrets. A beautiful sensitive madrigal - slow. You won't regret listening to it sorry I tried but I could not resist. En l'ombre d'un buissonet. A beautiful 3-part madrigal with flowing lines and open harmonies. This is an AMAZING 4-part secular tune with a double-cantus possibly by Hayne , and a stunning double-cannon in the bass which is rhythmically aligned one quarter-note apart.

Hard to imagine until you hear it. Thanks to Sue Iadone, this is a wonderful transcription of a "Ic drage de mutse clutse" -a lively, tuneful and mixed-meter from 4 - to "wicked fast" 3 back to 4, etc. Very cool. I'm going to look for more like this. So - not a really cool tuneful secular part-song, "Parce Domine" is from the Catholic mass. Extremely lovely. As is Qui cum Patre Which is a gorgeous alto duet. Wonderful interplay and melodic patterns. Helas mon bien is another really sweet, fast, and brilliant part-song by Obrecht and short I repeated it enough times for all the parts to chime in.

Very nice, contrapuntal 4-part arrangement. La terre les eaux va buvant. This beautiful 4-part madrigal is elegant and rhythmically complex, switching meters every few measures. Tielman Susato - as a favor to my good friend Graeme Irwin, I went a'hunting for Susato tunes this year. Susato was a prolific composer of the high Renaissance, and knocked off a good many jaunty, tuneful dances: 3 Country Dances - arranged for brass by Michael Rondeau, this is a nifty collection of Susato melodies.

I especially liked the hook at I'm sorry about all the background noise of the music rustling in the background. De jour en jour - a short, elegant 3-part chanson - with a typical amazing Susato hook at the end. Saltarelle - another awesome brass arrangement by Michael Rondeau, very cool with a bouncy feel and neat ensemble. Sorry that it was recorded so quietly. I'll get the hang of this home recording technology one of these years. Longtemps y a - Similar to De jour and Amoura above , another great 3-part piece, with an interesting harmonic twist at - and coolio little 16th note runs throughout.

Coeurs desoles Absalon fili mi Fortuna Desperata. Hard to find any part of any work of his that isn't simply extraordinary.

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Coeurs desoles - a beautiful medium tempo 4-part work. From this landing page - select the link at the top for Scores Absalon fili mi - a sublime 3-part madrigal, from Sue Iadeone's collection. Fortuna Desperata - is from Sue Iadone's collection. It's a wonderful 3-part instrumental work, with a double cantus firmus in the top lines and a fun bass line that noodles around throughout the tune.

Heinrich Isaac - one of my favorite composers. Hard to find anything he's written that isn't simply amazing - on every musical plain melody, rhythm, structure, concept, etc. Here are this year's additions: La Morra - a fantastic 3-part Early Music piece, with incredible counterpart and inverted lines. Jacobus Clemens non Papa - a very cool sacred choral work, based on a Dutch folk song. Peine et travail. Henry Fresneau - I couldn't find much on this composer. But this is a gorgeous, slow, sad work with an arrangement by Sue Iadone. A gre d'amors. Anonymous 14th century - This rare and very early 3-part piece is from Sue Iadone's collection.

It actually sits pretty well on guitar in 5 parts okay I think it does anyway. This arrangement can be found here, at Love Recorder. Ave regina coelorum Se la face ay pale Proles de caelo. Guillame Dufay - one of the greatest masters of the really early Early Music period, Ave regina coelorum is a beautiful 3-part sacred piece is representative of the strangely beautiful harmonies - and very open, clean melodies typical of the period.

Se la face ay pale is a secular 3-part work - with clever rhythms and wonderful counterpoint - especially at the end of the piece, which I play twice through. The first time adding parts one after another. Proles de caelo - a hymn for the first vespers of St. Lyrics by Pope Gregory IX. This is a dreamy, delicate 3-part ATB sacred motet. With a wonderful and memorable "A" section - that starts after the chant. Gilles Binchois - I hadn't done a lot of really early pre early music before this year, so I decided to see what this delicate, transparent, mysterious would sound like on guitar.

The fist tune I picked out was Tout a par moy. I think I got it from cpdl. Anyway - what a gorgeous song. With an ethereal melodie top line , and just captivating accompaniment bottom 2 lines. I was immediately hooked, and totally intend to look for more like this next year. Se j'ay parle. Loyset Compere - A very cool, somewhat early sounding see above notes chanson by a lesser-known, but wonderful composer. Se j'ay parle is not quite as muscular and intense, but still very nice. Audite Nova Baur, was tragt im sacke Cor meum Quand mon mary vient de dehors.

Many of his works have survived and are sung annually by choirs - played by concert groups, etc. Audite Nova - is a wonderful choral work, from a Sue Iadone arrangement. Fast - with stunning time-changes think Dave Matthews - especially around Baur, was tragt im sacke - another way cool choral tune. Check out the parallel runs down, starting at Gorgeous stuff. Ends with an awesome melodic hook. Cor meum - a beautiful 3-part choral work. Wonderful, rich harmonies - and a surprise major key ending - given where the piece begins.

For some reason I felt the song as a Spanish-like number. I hope Orlando's not too ticked off by my interpretation. Francois Couperin - - This absolutely stunning tune is one of my all-time favorites. Originally written for early keyboard - it's originally from "Pieces de Clavecin" - the "mysterious barricades" is played on harpsichord, piano and classical guitar. This is a winner - if you've never heard it before crank it. That is, unless you've had the great fortune to have a friend like Dr.

I knew Bob's dad - who was also a great, great man - and sadly, for a very, very short time his mom - and they would both have been uncommonly proud of you Bob-O.


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I've had the incredible fortune to have known Bob - and called him "best friend" for almost 50 years. And I humbly dedicate this - my favorite recording on the site to him. Here's to another I'll settle for 20 years of grousing over politics which in the U. Adieu, adieu Mon seul et souverain desir Vostre allee me desplait tant Vostre tresdoulx regart plaisant. Gilles Binchois - - I found a collection named: "Sechzehn Weltliche Lieder" 16 secular songs - in 3 parts. They're all quite beautiful, and short, with sophisticated rhythms typical of this period and composer.

The top line is the "melody" and was sung or played by a "lead" instrument - although in the tenor - not soprano - vocal range. The sounds of these and Dufay and Machaut selections are all early - Early Music, reminiscent of chant - with open intervals 4ths and 5ths - think the intro. Hi sunt, quos retinens J'atendray tant au'il vous playar Par le regard devos bequx yeux.

Guillame Dufay - - Three 3-part secular songs that are - while early - Early Music, are lighter and more playful. I play through it three times - starting with the top line, and adding lines as I go. The melody's so nice it stands up to being isolated like this. Ile fantazies de Joskin La Bernadina Recordans de mia signora. Josquin Des Pres - - No set of annual recordings is complete without the obligatory Josquin pieces. While these very different instrumental works are not among the best in his catalog, an "average" Josquin work - with melodic brilliance check out the opening to " Ile fantazies " will be up there with the best of any other composer.

Hierusalem Surge Hor an mein Klag. Heinrich Isaac - - As goes for Josquin - so it goes for Isaac. At some point some year I will run out of Isaac pieces to record - a lousy year to be sure. Hierusalem Surge is from " Choralis Constantinus " - check out the Wikipedia entry if you have time - 's quite an interesting read.

This is wonderful work. Hor an mein Klag - sounds more like an informal drinking song of the period. Ma fin est mon commencement. Guillame Machaut - - This is my first Machaut recording - long overdue, as Machaut was one of the most influential and brilliant composers of his time. The piece is in two parts, and is a "reverse canon" - meaning that at the end of the first part, the lines play - note for note - the musical passages in reverse think C D E F G A Kanon Helas mon bien.

Jacob Obrect - - Two wonderful selections by a master of contrapuntal writing. Kanon is a two-part bass "canon" - with one instrument almost note-for-note replicating anothers' part a few beats later. Helas mon bien is a terrific up-tempo 3-part instrumental work - this nifty little work almost made it into "favorites" status - except I've already got too many favorites.

En vous amer. Anonymous French Cypriot - early s - This is an amazing, mysterious piece in 3 parts, with absolute killer poly-rhythms. Subtle and fantastic. Baritone solo. Wonderful chords throughout, plus these amazing harp-like riffs - give this relaxing piece a surprising warmth to go along with the beauty of the melody. Check out the stunning change of texture Pavane - a traditionally orchestral work that I'd never thought of recording until I saw the recorder arrangement on the web.

It's a stunningly beautiful first couple of mintes from the second movement of the Piano Concerto in G major. Short personal note? I asked a friend of mine a classical guitarist Hartt College to play this at my wedding ceremony, 34 years ago. Ethereal - and - I dunno'.. If there, this gets awfully close. You'd have to wonder That's a great question - and all I can say in defense of these recordings is that everything sounds better on guitar.

If you're looking for quality musicology and descriptions you're best off hitting the web. You can Google: Faure Requiem - and find lots of entries. Wikipedia's always a great place to start. One final note? I've recorded all of the Requiem except for the Offertoire.

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I'll try to get to it in Adieu mes amors. Heinrich Isaac - A wonderful short piece about lost love. Adieu Bergerette Savoyenne. Josquin de Prez - Two nice short choral works from one of the preeminent composers of Early Music. Amis de que Maudit soy J'ay pris amours Par ung ior de matinee. Hard to find anything he's written that isn't simply amazing.

Si ascendero. Ce jour d l'an Ce moys de May. Guillame Dufay - one of the greatest masters of the really early Early Music period, Ave regina coelorum is a bea. Ce moys de May. Secoure moy, ma dame. Quite different in style than most of the late Renaissance works on this site. Soy Contento. Juan del Encina - This beautiful sad, three-part Spanish vocal tune is one of the most simple and understated treasures in the literature.

The entire song is composed of maybe notes total, all three parts , but every note counts. Ay Luna Que Reluces! Anonymous - Another slow, enchanting song about the Spanish moon. Almost mystical in sound, this beautiful four-part selection will remind you of Juan Del Encino's Soy Contento.

Si La Noche. One of the most beautiful melodies of any period,. Si La Noche has a tendency to stick in your head, after listening to it. In a perfect world, I'd have had either a baritone vocalist ideal or some low viol or wind instrument bass recorder would be nice play the melody top line. But then? Everything sounds better on guitar.


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Tan Hermosa y' Clara. Anonymous - Like Ignacio next selection , an energetic three-part vocal selection, which sounds terrific on guitar as you would expect Spanish music to. This is one of my favorite up-tempo selections, with much interesting counter-point, and a rhythmic intensity. Anonymous - unknown origin. A cute, bright and very guitar-istic three part vocal tune. This is one of my favorites to play - and parts cook along without much effort from the player. Note at the "B" section how the rhythms change from "3" to "6" - a rhythmic expression later called: "Hemiola" - and used by composers to this day a big favorite of Johannes Brahms.

Dime Robedera. Anonymous - an adorable 2-part chase, with terrific syncopation and a pleasing melody. Diego Ortiz - A terrific two-part bass viol instrumental piece. I have taken the liberty to fill out the chords additional bass notes. Catchy, and fun to play and listen to. Diego Ortiz worked from to at the vice-regal court of the Duke of Alba in Naples.

Si no os hubiera mirado. Juan Boscan - - a beautiful 3-part Spanish madrigal. Andaran siempre mis ojos. Gabriel Mena flourished: - a terrific bouncy 2-part chase - between two instruments in this case Cancionero de Palacio Juan del Encina - - a haunting, lyrical, very-Spanish, slow 3-part madrigal. Juan del Encina - - another 3-part madrigal, quick and cool this time - brief too Juan del Encina - - another, lyrical, very-Spanish, slow 3-part madrigal. Judas mercator pessimus. Tomas Luis de Victoria - - a gorgeous religious four-part motet.

Un nino nos es nascido. All slightly different - and all sound terrific to this guitarist's ears. Mateo Flecha - bouncy, baritone solo, with 4-part choral harmony, this is a popular vocal piece arranged for four guitars with an added punchy bass accompaniment thrown in for fun. Spanish Compositions - Recrded in Gentil dama, non se gana. Johannes Cornago One of the earliest Spanish court composers.

This lovely 4-part song should have been on this site a long time ago. It's simple, slow and lovely. Gozate, Virgen. Anonymous - published circa: I wish we knew more about the Spanish composers - but I'm glad Sue Iadone transcribed this gem. Spanish Compositions - Recorded in Soleta so jo aci. But in years past, I've not done a whole lot of Spanish stuff. That's changed this year. Sue Iadone found a treasure trove of wonderful stuff - starting off with this sweet little tune Soleta so jo aci. O quan dolce serias, muerte. Francisco de la Torre - an extraodinary 3-part song from a composer who we can only wish had been around to write a little bit longer.

O magnum mysterium Kyrie Beati Immaculati Conditor alme siderum. The Kyrie is a wonderful from a mass dedicated to "Beata Maria". It was the first tune I recorded this year, and I love it - frankly and I'm not even Catholic. Beati Immaculati - is a strikingly beautiful somber sacred choral work. Conditor alme siderum - is also from the Catholic mass. The version I found had the chant portion in front of the tune I played it. Beautiful writing. Caldero y Llave Madona. Check out the intro with its sweeping, ascending lines, and the "B section" with it's complete contrast of style.

Con que la larvae. Anonymous published in the Cancionero de Uppsala - a stunningly beautiful 4-part choral composition with, emotional depth, strength and senstitivity in equal measure. Dadme albricious Villancico. Anonymous published in the Cancionero de Uppsala - a very cool four part choral work. I've played the top-line melody as the intro. The piece actually starts at - and is fantastic. De los alamos. Juan Vasquez - a relatively unknown composer, this lively cancion is outstanding.

Esclaricida Madre Fresco y claro arroyuelo. Wonderfully stated expression with few notes. And wonderful use silence rest as well as sound. But this is a very Spanish-like work, and I felt that it belonged in this section of the web page. Rosa Amarela is a really great, little piece - energetic and rhythmic in a Brazilian way instead of Renaissance counterpoint think "jazz". Canzona in c minor. Diego Ortiz This Canzona is very different than the Recercad, and is a wonderful 4-part work, arranged for brass quartet by Michael Rondeau.

Estas noches atan largas Pues a dios humano vemos. Estas noches - is introspective and haunting. Pues a dios is an interesting madrigal written for male choir Bass 1, Bass 2, Tenor - which sounds great on guitar given the fit with the pitch and tuning. Touching upon Gregorian plainsong, organa, clausula, motet, mass polyphony, and liturgical drama, our survey highlights the full compass of sounds and styles that filled the medieval church.

Conservative theorists of the late sixteenth-century bemoaned the expressionist madrigals of Claudio Monteverdi, Luca Marenzio, and Carlo Gesualdo, but in their fin de siecle music we find the very seeds the coming Baroque. Enjoy the daring music of men who would break every rule to touch the emotions of their listeners, including Monteverdi's rarely heard madrigal cycle, The Lament of Arianna.