Alfonso Ferrabosco 1

Alfonso Ferrabosco I (1543 - 1588) was from a Bolognese musical family, but served intermittently between 1562 and 1578 in the English court of Elizabeth 1. He is known as a composer of both vocal and instrumental work including lute music and he also wrote music for the bandora. His half dozen known (or attributed) compositions for this instrument represent a fair proportion of its surviving solo repertory (Field, accessed 11/06/2008). Ferrabosco’s lute and bandora music is available in a collected edition from OUP (North 1979) from which these arrangements are made. The numbering of the pieces follows North.

Bandora Fantasia No.1  [PDF] [MIDI] [XML]  Ferrabosco1 Grade 07

Bandora Fantasia No.2  [PDF] [MIDI] [XML]  Ferrabosco1 Grade 07
This work is published in both lute and bandora versions in the OUP edition. In one manuscript source it is attributed to Richard Allison and it also appears in The Lute Society edition of Allison’s music (Robinson & McCoy 1995).

Bandora Fantasia No.4  [PDF] [MIDI] [XML]  Ferrabosco1 Grade 08

Bandora Pavan [PDF] [MIDI] [XML]  Ferrabosco1 Grade 07 
This pavan is no. 5 in ‘Alfonso Ferrabosco: Collected Works for Lute and Bandora’ part 2 (bandora) edited by Nigel North - Book 8 in the ‘Music for the Lute’ series, general editor David Lumsden, published by OUP in 1979. (North also gives two versions for lute.)

Lute Pavan No.1 [PDF] [MIDI] [XML]  Ferrabosco1 Grade 07
This pavan appears in the printed collection by Robert Dowland A Varietie of Lute Lessons.



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