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

From a set of manuscripts in the Bodleian Library, Oxford:
Ayre [PDF] [MIDI] [XML] Anon

Fantasia [PDF] [MIDI] [XML] Anon

Galliard [PDF] [MIDI] [XML] Anon

Mall Sims [PDF] [MIDI] [XML] Anon


John Bosley
I’ve been unable to find any information about this composer

Ayre  [PDF] [MIDI] [XML] Bosley
From a set of manuscripts in the Bodleian Library, Oxford.


Thomas Ford
Viol player and composer (c.1580-1648). Thomas Ford entered the service of the Prince of Wales, Henry Stewart in 1611 and from 1625 until the Civil War (1642–1651) was one of the king's musicians. His best known work is “Musicke of Sundrie Kindes” (1607) which is divided into two books, the second consisting of dances "for two Basse-viols, the Liera way" (ie Lyra Viols). There is a modern edition of the second book in tablature and grand staff transcription* (Timofeyev 1998) . (The pieces are presented in the order in which they appear in Timofeyev).

Mr Southcote's Pavan [PDF] [MIDI] [XML] Ford
There is a well-known arrangement of this by Frederick Noad in his publication "The Renaissance Guitar” (Noad 1974). I have chosen to set the piece and its following Galliard in A minor rather than G minor. I think the Pavan, especially, flows well in this key as it shows off the guitar's resonance better than G minor; and I have recast the parts slightly and set note durations to reflect this.

Mr Southcote's Galliard  [PDF] [MIDI] [XML] Ford 

Mr Westover’s Farewell (An Almaine) [PDF] [MIDI] [XML] Ford 

Mr Mayne’s Choice (A Paven) [PDF] [MIDI] [XML] Ford 

Galliard [PDF] [MIDI] [XML] Ford 

Forget Me Not [PDF] [MIDI] [XML] Ford 

Sir Richard Weston’s Delight (A Paven) [PDF] [MIDI] [XML] Ford 

Mr Lullere His Choice (An Almaine) [PDF] [MIDI] [XML] Ford

The Wild Goose Chase (Sir John Philpot’s Delight) [PDF] [MIDI] [XML] Ford

What You Will [PDF] [MIDI] [XML] Ford

Sir Richard Tichborne’s Toy [PDF] [MIDI] [XML] Ford
This piece is subtitled ‘And if you do touch me ile crie’.

Sir Charles Howard’s Delight (The Baggepipes) [PDF] [MIDI] [XML] Ford

Mr Crosse His Choice (Why not here?) [PDF] [MIDI] [XML] Ford

A Change of Ayre [PDF] [MIDI] [XML] Ford

Mr Southcote's Gigue (Whipit and Tripit) [PDF] [MIDI] [XML] Ford

The Queen’s Jig (Cate of Bardie) [PDF] [MIDI] [XML] Ford
It is interesting to find both a ‘Gigue’ and a ‘Jig’ in the same collection; also notable is that this Gigue (which sets a series of variations) is in duple rather than triple metre.

Sir John Paulet’s Toy (A Snatch and Away) [PDF] [MIDI] [XML] Ford

Mr Richard Martin’s Thump (A Pill to Purge Melancholy) [PDF] [MIDI] [XML] Ford 


Tobias Hume

English composer and viol player (c1579-1645). A professional soldier who served as an officer in the Swedish and Russian armies and a viol player published two important volumes of music, principally for the Lyra Viol. [More about…… ] The following pieces are some of Hume’s Lyra Viol duets: 

Music and Mirth [PDF] [MIDI] [XML] Hume

The Princes Almayne [PDF] [MIDI] [XML] Hume
Subtitled: "Invention for Two to Play upon one Viole”.

The Spirit of Musicke [PDF] [MIDI] [XML] Hume

The Duke of Holstone's Delight [PDF] [MIDI] [XML] Hume

Touch Me Sweetly [PDF] [MIDI] [XML] Hume


Joseph Sherlie
The little I have been able to find about Sherlie is summarised on the Lyra Viol solo page. This coranto is from the Bodleian MS.

Coranto [PDF] [MIDI] [XML] Sherlie


*Beware if you use the Timofeyev edition; there is a transcription error in no.12. In the treble line of Lyra Viol 2 the first three bars are wrong as printed in treble clef; they would be correct in bass clef.

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