Luis Milan on Sixteenth-Century Performance Practice

Luis Milán on Sixteenth-Century Performance Practice

Luis Gásser
Foreword by George Houle
Distribution: World
Publication date: 10/1/1996
Format: paper 232 pages, 2 b&w photos
6.125 x 9.25
ISBN: 978-0-253-21018-0
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“. . . valuable . . . impressive . . .” —The Times Literary Supplement

“For anyone interested in Milán’s music, this is an excellent source of information.” —Renaissance Quarterly

Luis Milán (1536-1561) was a lutenist, singer, composer, and poet. His collection of lute tablatures, El Maestro, is the first book of instrumental music known to have been printed in Spain. Luis Gásser discusses Milán’s attention to modality, his use of meter, and the ornamentation in his songs and fantasías.

Author Bio

LUIS GÁSSER, Professor at the University of Barcelona, holds degrees from Barcelona Conservatory, Schola Cantorum Basiliensis, and Stanford University. Like his subject, he is active as a composer, writer and performer on guitar and lute.

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Table of Contents

Foreword by George Houle
Acknowledgments

1. Introduction
2. Background
Biography of Milan
The Dukes of Calabria and their Valencian court
Milan’s religious beliefs
Naples
The Cancioneros
3. El Cortesano
General plan
Style
Performance
4. El Maestro
Background
General plan
Modality
Tempo indications
Meter, tactus and time signature
Text setting
Ornamentation
Songs
Fantasias: Style and structure
Milan’s tablature
Tuning and temperament

Notes
Bibliography
Incipits
Index