Guitar Trios

Like the duet pieces this music comes from a variety of sources and the arrangements were made primarily to provide material for me and two other guitarists to play as a trio.

Emanuel Adrienssen (c1554 - 1604) Adrienssen was a Flemish lutenist, teacher and composer.

Donna Crudel [PDF] [MIDI] [XML] This piece is found in Adrienssen’s publication Pratum Musicum (1584) as an intabulation for three lutes of a vocal piece by the Italian composer Giovanni Ferretti (c1540 - 1609). There is a modern edition on Sarge Gerbode’s site of lute pieces and I have used this to prepare this arrangement. [I’m not sure what the title means - apparently nothing in modern Italian, but perhaps it means Cruel Lady in renaissance language?]. The noticeable passing discords seem to be intended, as is the ending on the dominant, which sounds odd to modern ears. My arrangement simplifies the original by removing some notes that appear in more than one part.

Thomas Farmer Little is known of the 17th century English musician, a contemporary of Henry Purcell.
Overture [PDF] [MIDI] [XML] Farmer Originally for strings; somewhat like Purcell in style.

Alfonso Ferrabosco I (1543 - 1588) About…

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This piece from one of the Holmes lute books was written as a lute solo. It is tricky to play up to speed as guitar solo, but it makes an enjoyable trio.


William Lawes (1602-1645) Lawes was an English Composer of both sacred and secular music whose professional life was spent in the service of King Charles I and whose death occurred on active service with the Royalist army during the Civil War. His brother, Henry, was also a successful composer. [More about...... ]

[PDF] [MIDI] [XML] This piece is found in a Consort (No. 12) for Harp, Violin, Bass Viol and Theorbo and I have made this arrangement from an edition by the musicologist Arthur J Ness* (I have chosen not to follow the barring structure in Ness’s edition, but to bar the whole piece in 4/4 as it is then easier to follow.)
*This used to be available on his Verizon website, but disappeared when Verizon decommissioned their Site Builder service in 2014.

Henry Purcell (1659 - 1695)

Two in One Upon a Ground [PDF] [MIDI] [XML]
This chaconne is a transcription of music from Purcell’s semi-opera Dioclesian.

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