1Sep24: Added #s 226-227 from the Lute book. These are very interesting early music pieces including one of the earliest examples of contra dance notation (the game calls this a 'Qualifier', but in actuality it is related masque notation, a kind of notation for dance and music similar to the notation used in the Great Feu Follet masque). It is the music of the so-called 'Sir John at the well' game, Keyboard Fantasia de Buri. Surprisingly, the game has a sixteenth-century inventor and a lot of these newspaper mentions are from the 1600s. This game was very popular in its day, perhaps because it was a spectacular demonstration piece.
22Oct24: Added Phillip Hoffmann's Fantasia (Q632-33). This includes some really lovely stuff, the most memorable piece being his Fantasia in C Major (Q632). Hoffmann's Fantasias are all written in the style of his typical uses of the English style of keyboard, but I think many of them will surprise modern audiences as they are formed for the Renaissance lute. Although this Fantasia does not seem to be for the lute, there are some similarities that I cannot explain.
30Nov24: Added Luteciana B.D.I.Manuscript I, Addenda (WS) #s 293-338. There's a lot to find in these, including some early notation including a two-line movable note system and an adaptation of the notation conventions for the ballade in pre-1789 France to the lute. A great find is #315 - a 140-bar fantasia which is notated in the style of the Partita, but this is an instruction for the lute, so I am not sure what it means. d2c66b5586