Continuo Playing on the Lute, Archlute and Theorbo

Continuo Playing on the Lute, Archlute and Theorbo

A Comprehensive Guide for Performers
Nigel North
Distribution: World
Publication date: 8/1/1987
Format: cloth 320 pages
8.5 x 11
ISBN: 978-0-253-31415-4
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“ . . . a valuable book. It is an important link between the unknown of the Renaissance and the present.” —The Triangle of Mu Phi Epsilon

“Straightforward practicality is the most outstanding characteristic of this book.” —Continuo

“ . . . a fine and very welcome book that is likely to remain the high standard of lute continuo instruction for some time to come.” —Sixteenth Century Journal

In this extraordinarily broad survey, Nigel North discusses the history of the lute, the archlute, and the theorbo and gives practical advice on technique, the choice of instrument for particular music, and the preparation of scores.

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Table of Contents

PART ONE; THE THEORBO, CHITARRONE AND ARCHLUTE
1 An Historical Background: Musical Qualities of each Instrument
2 Practical Advice
3 List of Appropriate Repertory

PART TWO: HARMONY AND FIGURES
4 An harmonic precis
5 Cadences, Sequences and Unfigured Basses
6 Finer Points concerning Style, Technique and Performance

PART THREE: FIRST PRACTICAL STEPS
7 Lute and Archlute
8 Exercises and Musical Extracts from Seventeenth-and Eighteenth-century Sources

PART FOUR: THE THEORBO
9 An Introduction to the Theorbo
10 The Theorbo, First Practical Steps
11 Original Exercises for Theorbo and Lute, with Tablature Cadenze finali (modena MS)

PART FIVE: MUSIC EXAMPLES
12 Music with Original Realized Accompaniments for the Theorbo
13 Music with Editorial Realizations for Theorbo, English Theorbo in G, Archlute, 10-course Renaissance Lute and 13-course Baroque Lute
14 Music Examples without Realizations

Appendix: Song Translations
Notes
Music List
Select Bibliography