The Knight of the Lute
John Dowland / Thomas Morley / Alfonso Ferrabosco II / Anthony Holborne / Julien Perrichon / Robert Ballard / Gregory Huwet / Laurencini / Daniell Batchelar / Matthew Wadsworth Moritz / Mounsier Saman

The Knight of the Lute

Matthew Wadsworth

CCS 25408 - 0723385254089

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The seeds of this recording were in fact planted many years ago. As a teenage classical guitarist, I used to spend a lot of time playing other peoples transcriptions of renaissance and baroque music. Little did I know, that many of the pieces I played were actually taken from the Varietie Of Lute Lessons. When I discovered the lute (accidentally) in my first year as an under graduate at the Royal Academy of Music, I found myself returning to some of the same pieces, except this time, in their proper context. Not only did I have to develop a Braille system for notating lute tablature (with the help of Tim Crawford), but I then had to spend hours manually writing the pieces out on a clunky old Braille typewriter. I taught a number of my student friends to read tablature, and we would spend valuable and precious time each week writing out one or two new pieces. I used to spend hours in the bacement of the library, listening to recordings of one of my great idols, Julian Bream - deciding which piece to write out and learn next. Since then, it has always been a burning ambition of mine to one day recorde the Varietie of Lute Lessons, and some 15 years after my initial forees into this stunning repertoire, it felt right to finally commit the pieces to disk. Although my understanding of the music has matured over the years, I must confess to finding some of these pieces no less demanding to play. Ironically, the very first note in the book is actually printed on the wrong string, and there are a great many mistakes throughout the pages which I have taken the liberty to correct. It is quite surprising that Robert Dowland was not able to publish accurate versions of his Father's own work, and he even forgets to credit his Dad's authorship of two almains, one of them being Sir John Smith's Almain, which opens this recording. In 1610, Robert Dowland (son of the great lutenitst John Dowland) published two important collections of music in London: A Musical Banquet (songs to the lute) and A Varietie of Lute Lessons (a collection of lute solos).

Tracklisting
  • 1
    Sir John Smith, His Almaine
    02:52
  • 2
    Fantasie
    04:50
  • 3
    Pavin
    05:58
  • 4
    The Most Sacred Queene Elizabeth, Her Galliard
    01:34
  • 5
    Volt 1
    02:57
  • 6
    Fantasie
    02:46
  • 7
    Pavin
    05:42
  • 8
    Coranto I - Mounsier Ballard His Coranto
    01:48
  • 9
    Fantasie
    03:32
  • 10
    Pavin
    03:58
  • 11
    Coranto 6
    01:01
  • 12
    Coranto 2 - John Perrichon His Coranto
    01:33
  • 13
    Fantasie 2
    03:19
  • 14
    Pavin
    05:07
  • 15
    The Most High & Mightie Christianus the 4th King of Denmarke, His Galliard
    03:18
  • 16
    Coranto 4 - Mounsier Saman His Coranto
    01:36
  • 17
    The Right Honourable the Lady Clifton's Spirit
    02:04
  • 18
    Pavin
    05:13
  • 19
    The Right Honourable Ferdinando Earle of Darby, His Galliard
    02:49