... a valuable book. It is an important link between the unknown of the Renaissance and the present." -The Triangle of Mu Phi Epsilon
Straightforward practicality is the most outstanding characteristic of this book." -Continuo
... a fine and very welcome book that is likely to remain the high standard of lute continuo instruction for some time to come." -Sixteenth Century Journal
In this extraordinarily broad survey, Nigel North discusses the history of the lute, the archlute, and the theorbo and gives practical advice on technique, the choice of instrument for particular music, and the preparation of scores.
PART ONE; THE THEORBO, CHITARRONE AND ARCHLUTE 1 An Historical Background: Musical Qualities of each Instrument 2 Practical Advice 3 List of Appropriate Repertory PART TWO: HARMONY AND FIGURES 4 An harmonic precis 5 Cadences, Sequences and Unfigured Basses 6 Finer Points concerning Style, Technique and Performance PART THREE: FIRST PRACTICAL STEPS 7 Lute and Archlute 8 Exercises and Musical Extracts from Seventeenth-and Eighteenth-century Sources PART FOUR: THE THEORBO 9 An Introduction to the Theorbo 10 The Theorbo, First Practical Steps 11 Original Exercises for Theorbo and Lute, with Tablature Cadenze finali (modena MS) PART FIVE: MUSIC EXAMPLES 12 Music with Original Realized Accompaniments for the Theorbo 13 Music with Editorial Realizations for Theorbo, English Theorbo in G, Archlute, 10-course Renaissance Lute and 13-course Baroque Lute 14 Music Examples without Realizations Appendix: Song Translations Notes Music List Select Bibliography