...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. This piece is taken from  the same Bodleian Library source as the Sherlie pieces (below).

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


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 who published two important volumes of music, principally for the Lyra Viol. [More about...... ]
As with many of my transcriptions I have used several sources for Tobias Hume’s works. For many of the works the basic structure of the pieces has been constructed from the MIDI files at which I have then checked against facsimiles of the original printed sources. (Thanks to Tony Chalkley for all his hard work in transcribing many of Hume’s pieces into MIDI, PDF and Stringwalker* format.) Another major source is the transcription of the whole of Hume’s work published in 1980 by Amadeus Verlag (Jones 1980) [Note; numbered filenames relate to the numbering in Jones.]

These pieces all appear in the first of Hume’s two publications, The first part of ayres (1605). I have listed my arrangements in the order the pieces appear in the original. In making the arrangments I have stayed fairly close to the originals, the main changes I have made being some octave transpositions and the addition of a few extra bass notes. In some cases I have put two short related pieces together and in some pieces I have simplified written out decorations. 

[*Stringwalker was a tablature editor for Windows; the predecessor of Alain Veylit’s program Django - itself now superseded by Fandango which can be found at:]

The Earl of Pembroke’s Galliard (02) [PDF] [MIDI] [XML] Hume Grade 06.

My Mistress Familiar (05) [PDF] [MIDI] [XML] Hume Grade 05.

The Duke of Holstone's Almayne (06) [PDF] [MIDI] [XML] Hume Grade 06.
The title of this piece (and a companion duet The Duke of Holstone's Delight) is a puzzle as there is nowhere in the UK called Holstone. However, in view of Hume’s international career as a mercenary soldier the name is likely to be a corruption of the title 'Duke of Holstein'. This is supported by the comment made by Rossi (2008) in his chapter about Hume. He suggests (p 165) that the dedication to the Duke of Holstone refers to “one of Queen Anna’s brothers” - Anna of Denmark being the wife of King James VI of Scotland (later James I of England). In fact Anna’s brother was King Christian IV of Denmark who also held the title of Duke of Holstein.

My Hope is Decayed (07) [PDF] [MIDI] [XML] Hume Grade 05

Adieu Sweet Love (08) [PDF] [MIDI] [XML] Hume Grade 04

Good Againe (14)
Version in A [PDF] [MIDI] [XML] Hume Grade 06.
Version in D
[PDF] [MIDI] [XML] Hume Grade 07.
This piece is one of Hume’s more extended works and is structured as a series of related sections. I have transcribed it virtually note for note in the A version, but by transposing the piece to D and dropping parts of the lower voice by an octave and thinning out some of the chords I think it makes a better arrangement for guitar.

Tom and Mistress Fine (21) [PDF] [MIDI] [XML] Hume Grade 04

Peter’s Pleasure (23/24) PDF] [MIDI] [XML] Hume Grade 05

A Question and An Answer (25/26) [PDF] [MIDI] [XML] Hume Grade 06 

A New Cut (27) PDF] [MIDI] [XML] Hume Grade 04

Touch Me Lightly (38) [PDF] [MIDI] [XML] [MP3] Hume Grade 06
There is a good arrangement of this in the original key of D (Biberian 1980) but I thought it would sound well on the guitar in E, hence this arrangement. 

A Careless Humour (40) PDF] [MIDI] [XML] Hume Grade 05

A Pavin (42) [PDF] [MIDI] [XML] Hume Grade 07

A Humorous Pavin (43) [PDF] [MIDI] [XML] Hume Grade 06
It is difficult to know why this pavin is ‘humorous’ other than its odd construction with two sections of 21 and 22 bars, followed by two 7 bar sections each doubling the speed of its predecessor.

A Pavin (44) [PDF] [MIDI] [XML] Hume Grade 07

A Pavin (45) [PDF] [MIDI] [XML] Hume Grade 07

Captain Hume’s Pavan (46) [PDF] [MIDI] [XML] Hume Grade 07

Love’s Farewell (47) [PDF] [MIDI] [XML] Hume Grade 06

Love’s Passion/Love’s Pastime (102/103) [PDF] [MIDI] [XML] Hume Grade 04

I am Melancholy (106). [PDF] [MIDI] [XML] Hume Grade 07
In this piece the last four bars have been condensed into two by simplifying the written out decorations.

The Old Humour (116) [PDF] [MIDI] [XML] Hume Grade 07
I think the title of this piece might be rendered in modern English as ‘The old Style’ as, to my mind, it sounds somewhat like a short renaissance lute fantasia.


William Corkine
William Corkine was an English composer, lutenist, gambist and lyra viol player of the 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 (Accessed April 26, 2012)]

[*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.)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Whoope doe me no harme goodman 1.22 [PDF] [MIDI] [XML] Corkine 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] Corkine Grade 07

Fortune 1.24 [PDF] [MIDI] [XML] Corkine Grade 08
The main difficult his playing is 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] Corkine 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] Corkine Grade 08

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

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

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

Mounsiers Almaine 2.26 [PDF] [MIDI] [XML] Corkine Grade 08
The spelling Mounsier is as it is found in the source; the unexpected repeat theme is also as originally printed. Other settings of this tune can be found here and here.

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

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

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

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

[The missing 2.24 is a version of Walsingham that I have not been able (so far) to make into a successful guitar arrangement.]


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, accessed 23/01/16]

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

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

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


Simon Ives
Simon Ives (1600 - 1662) [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] Ives Grade 08
It is difficult to fathom what its title might mean.

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


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

Mr Lawes Flat Tune [PDF] [MIDI] [XML] Lawes Grade 06


Johannes Schenck 
Johannes Schenck (1660 - after 1712) was a musician and composer from Amsterdam. He was virtuoso viola da gamba player and the composer of the first opera in Dutch as well as works for the viola da gamba. 

Chaconne [PDF] [MIDI] [XML] Schenck Grade 07
This piece was undoubtedly written to be played with continuo and is not technically a lyra viol piece but, played solo, it makes a very good guitar piece so I have included it here.

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