Solos - William Corkine

...originally written for Lyra Viol, arranged for guitar

William Corkine
William Corkine was an English composer, lutenist, gambist and lyra viol player of the late Renaissance. He is known only for two publications, a First (1610) and Second (1617) Book of Ayres. Grove suggests: “The dedication of his first collection (1610) to Sir Edward Herbert (later Lord Herbert of Cherbury) and Sir William Hardy suggests that he served his apprenticeship under them......In 1617 he was one of a group of musicians given permission to go and work at the Polish court.” Otherwise little is known of his life. His books of Ayres contain both songs and pieces for the lyra viol. Most of the songs have an accompaniment for lute and bass viol, but some of those in the second book are accompanied by bass viol only. See: Poulton & Greer 2001

As these are Corkine’s only known works I have adopted sequential numbering for ease of reference. His first book consisted of 12 songs and 12 instrumental works, his second 18 songs and 12 instrumental works. My solo arrangements are numbered from 1.13 to 1.24 and 2.20 to 2.30 (2.19 is a duet. The missing 2.24 is a version of Walsingham that I have not been able, so far to make into a successful guitar arrangement.)

Almaine 1.13
[PDF] [MIDI] [XML] Grade 08

Pavin 1.14
[PDF] [MIDI] [XML] Grade 08

Coranto 1.15
[PDF] [MIDI] [XML] Grade 05

Almaine 1.16
[PDF] [MIDI] [XML] Grade 07

Coranto 1.17
[PDF] [MIDI] [XML] Grade 05

Pavin 1.18
[PDF] [MIDI] [XML] Grade 07

Coranto 1.19
[PDF] [MIDI] [XML] Grade 07

Galliard 1.20
[PDF] [MIDI] [XML] Grade 05

Galliard 1.21
[PDF] [MIDI] [XML] Grade 06

Whoope doe me no harme goodman 1.22 [PDF] [MIDI] [XML] Grade 08
This is a lively set of variations (on what, judging from its appearance in other manuscripts, was evidently a popular tune). My arrangement makes use of held bass notes which requires considerable use of the barre (at positions 5 and 7). I think this suits the guitar and I have included fingering along these lines. However on the Lyra Viol these bass notes would have been much shorter lasting and it would be reasonable to use damping and lower positions instead in imitation of this.


Galliard 1.23
[PDF] [MIDI] [XML] Grade 07

Fortune 1.24
[PDF] [MIDI] [XML] Grade 08
The main difficulty in playing this arrangement of the popular tune
Fortune my Foe is that it requires some fairly big left hand stretches. For those with large hands it may be considerably easier to play!

If My Complaints 2.20
[PDF] [MIDI] [XML] Grade 07
This tune was also used by Dowland for a song
(If my complaints could passions move) and as a lute solo (Captain Digorie Piper’s Galliard).

Perlude (Prelude) 2.21
[PDF] [MIDI] [XML] Grade 08

Come live with me 2.22
[PDF] [MIDI] [XML] Grade 10

Perlude (Prelude) 2.23
[PDF] [MIDI] [XML] Grade 05
Only 5 bars long - Corkine's shortest work.


Coranto 2.25
[PDF] [MIDI] [XML] Grade 07

Mounsiers Almaine 2.26
[PDF] [MIDI] [XML] Grade 07
The spelling
Mounsier is as it is found in the source. Other settings of this tune can be found here and here.

Coranto 2.27
[PDF] [MIDI] [XML] Grade 06

The Punckes’ Delight 2.28
[PDF] [MIDI] [XML] Grade 07
[Puncke = whore]


Pavin 2.29
[PDF] [MIDI] [XML] Grade 07

Almaine 2.30
[PDF] [MIDI] [XML] Grade 07

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