Solos - other composers

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


Though some of the extant works for lyra viol can be identified with named composers there are many (perhaps the majority) that are anonymous. The following pieces are taken from the same Bodleian Library source as the Sherlie pieces (below).

Lachrimae [PDF] [MIDI] [XML] Grade 07
The popularity of the Lachrimae pavan is attested by its occurrence in several sources arranged for different instruments. Other versions can be found
here, here and here.

Prelude and Aire [PDF] [MIDI] [XML] Grade 05

Untitled Piece [PDF] [MIDI] [XML] Grade 05
This untitled piece in lyra viol tablature is the first piece in the Holmes Manuscript Dd.5.78.3.

Variations [PDF] [MIDI] [XML] Grade 06
An anonymous set of variations on an unknown tune.

Walsingham [PDF] [MIDI] [XML] Grade 06
One of many instrumental arrangement of a popular song.

Carl Friedrich Abel (1723 - 1787)
German composer and string player from a family of musicians. Became a pupil of J.S. Bach and later spent time in London where he collaborated with Bach’ son Johann Christian Bach in establishing England’s first ever series of subscription concerts. His compositions were mainly orchestral - overtures, symphonies and concertos (Knape et al., 2001).

Untitled piece [PDF] [MIDI] [XML] Grade 07
This piece is not specifically a Lyra viol piece but was written as a bass viol solo. It was probably intended to be played with continuo accompaniment but makes a perfectly good guitar solo on its own.

Daniel Farrant (c1575 - 1651)
A contemporary of Alfonso Ferrabosco II - composer, string player, court musician to James 1 and an instrument maker.

Pavin [PDF] [MIDI] [XML] Grade 07
This piece, in three irregular strains, is found in the same set of manuscripts as the works below by Joseph Sherlie. It finishes with a beautiful descending chromatic section.


Alfonso Ferrabosco II (c1575 – 1628)
Alfonso Ferrabosco the younger (son of Alfonso Ferrabosco 1), one of the composers at the court of Elizabeth 1st of England, was known as a virtuoso viol player and wrote many pieces for viol consort as well as a number of solo pieces for the lyra viol (Cockshoot & Field, 2001).

Dovehouse Pavan (D minor version) [PDF] [MIDI] [XML] Grade 07
(A minor version) [
PDF] [MIDI] [XML] Grade 06
The Dovehouse Pavan is one of Ferrabosco's best known viol consort pieces and it also appears in.a version for solo lyra viol (Ferrabosco’s, Lessons for 1, 2, and 3 Viols, p. 13:1*). My arrangements are adapted from the A minor lyra viol version with some elements added from the D minor consort version. (Ferrabosco, 1973 - modern edition)


Simon Ives (1600 - 1662)
Simon Ives [sometimes spelled Yves or Ive or Ivy] was an English composer and organist who was active in the court of Charles I of England. His works included songs, organ music, lyra viol solos, duets and trios and music for the theatre. The pieces below are found in the same set of manuscripts as the works above by Joseph Sherlie.

Post Nag [PDF] [MIDI] [XML] Grade 08
It is difficult to fathom what its title might mean.

Prelude [PDF] [MIDI] [XML] Grade 06
In this arrangement I have filled out the bass line in the second section.

William Lawes
English composer of the Civil War period. [More about…… ]

Mr Lawes Flat Tune [PDF] [MIDI] [XML] Grade 06
This short piece was composed for viol consort, but transfers well to the solo guitar; the viol version can be found in
Pinto (1995).

Joseph Sherlie
Joseph Sherlie (or Shirley) was an English lutenist, viol player and composer. Little is known of his life; he seems to have been more or less contemporary with William Corkine. His surviving output consists of 20 lyra viol pieces and those below are taken from a set of manuscripts in the Bodleian Library, Oxford
(d245 - 7). See:
Holman (2001)

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

[PDF] [MIDI] [XML] Grade 07

[PDF] [MIDI] [XML] Grade 07


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