Solos from other instrumental sources

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The Irish Dump
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From the Fitzwilliam Virginal Book.

Joseph Bodin de Boismortier (1689 – 1755)
Boismortier was a French baroque composer. Rather like his German contemporary Telemann he made money by publishing his music for sale to the public and quite a lot of his extensive output was aimed at the amateur market.

[PDF] [MIDI] [XML] Grade 07
Boismortier wrote several sonatas for two bassoons that were scored as being playable by viols or cellos.This chaconne is taken from a Sonata in A - the guitar playing both parts transposed to D.

Dieterich Buxtehude (c1637 -1707)
Buxtehude was a Danish organist and composer, regarded as one of the most important organ composers prior to J.S. Bach (Snyder 2001).

Sarabande d’Amour [PDF] [MIDI] [XML] Grade 06
This is one of two sarabandes in Buxtehude’s sixth keyboard suite (BuxWV 233)

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

[PDF] [MIDI] [XML] Grade 05
This is a transcription of a keyboard piece found in the Henry Playford’s collection Musick’s Handmaid (1678).

Martin Peerson (or Pearson) (c1571 - 1651)
Martin Peerson (or Pearson) was an English organist and composer. He was a choirboy of St Paul’s Cathedral under Thomas Mulliner in the 1580s and studied at Oxford University then worked at Canterbury Cathedral and became, in 1624 or 1625 organist and choirmaster of St Paul’s Cathedral (Jones and Rastall, 2001); (Whent, accessed 05/06/2008) The arrangements below are of his only known keyboard pieces which appear in the Fitzwilliam Virginal Book. The changes required to create guitar arrangements were simplifying and revoicing chords and condensing the octave span of the keyboard pieces.

Alman [PDF] [MIDI] [XML] Grade 08

The Fall of the Leaf [PDF] [MIDI] [XML] Grade 07
There is a guitar arrangement of this piece by John Duarte
(Duarte1965) which was for many years a favourite piece of mine. Duarte arranged it in the original key of D minor and omitted bars 17 - 24. To my mind it sounds better in E minor and seems easier to play; and in this key the missing section is incorporated without too may changes. To me this piece beautifully evokes the swirling winds of autumn, bringing leaves down from the trees.

Pipers Pavan [PDF] [MIDI] [XML] Grade 08
The John Dowland version of this piece is perhaps more familiar to guitarists and lutenists.

The Primrose [PDF] [MIDI] [XML] Grade 07

Henry Purcell (1659 - 1695)
English composer whose music covered a wide field: the church, the stage, the court, and private entertainment. Regarded as the most original English composer of his time (Westrup, 2020). He seems to have written relatively few keyboard pieces; a number of them were published in the John Playford collection, the Second Part of Musick’s Handmaid (1689) and some of the others are found in manuscript sources. The following pieces (apart from Dido’s Lament) are arrangements of some of his keyboard pieces.

Air [PDF] [MIDI] [XML] Grade 07
From a manuscript in the Bodleian Library, Oxford.

Aire [PDF] [MIDI] [XML] Grade 06
From a manuscript in the Bodleian Library, Oxford.

Almand [PDF] [MIDI] [XML] Grade 06
From Purcell’s Keyboard Suite no.1.

Corant [PDF] [MIDI] [XML] Grade 07
From a manuscript in the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge.

Dido’s Lament [PDF] [MIDI] [XML] Grade 08
This is my arrangement of the beautiful aria from the end of Purcell’s opera Dido and Aeneas. As Aeneas departs Carthage the grief stricken Dido sings her dying words:
When I am laid, am laid in earth, May my wrongs create
No trouble, no trouble in thy breast;
Remember me, remember me, but ah! forget my fate.
Remember me, but ah! forget my fate.

Ground in Gamut [PDF] [MIDI] [XML] Grade 06
From a manuscript in Christchurch College, Oxford. The ‘gamut’ was, at this time a term used in England for the musical scale.

Sefauchi’s Farewell [PDF] [MIDI] [XML] Grade 07
The name Sefauchi refers to an Italian castrato singer Giovanni Francesco Grossi, known as Siface, who visited England in 1687 (Tilmouth et al., 2001)

Daniel Purcell (c1664 - 1717)
Composer and organist, brother or perhaps cousin of Henry Purcell. A talented composer though not regarded as being as great as Henry.(Humphreys & Thompson, 2015). These are originally keyboard pieces.

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