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Monuments of the Lutenist Art.

General editors John M. Ward and Tim Crawford.

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494-02144 (LUTE-1a)

Volume I; The Moscow ‘Weiss’ Manuscript, Transcribed and edited by Tim Crawford. The music of the great lutenist Silvius Leopold Weiss (1686-1750), the exact contemporary and friend of J.S. Bach, is at last becoming increasingly well known through recordings. The present MS, unknown in the West until 1963, was published in 1976 in an eccentric edition which is now out of print. Important recent research on the MS shows that it could not have been compiled during Weiss’s lifetime, nor in his home city of Dresden, but at least a decade after his death and in Russia. The present edition aims to put the music in that context, and to explain some of its unusual features. An attempt has been made to distinguish between music that is definitely by Weiss, and music that might not be. This is an exceptional collection of excellent lute music, and some of the pieces are among Weiss’s finest work. The edition is presented in two formats: a photographic reproduction and a transcription into staff notation. 168 pp. including 55 facsimile pages in half-tone, reproduced at 85% of original size and a full transcription presented in grand-staff notation for the lute. Press Reviews. | Click here to view cover. $65.00
494-02147 (LUTE-2)

Volume II: Various. The St. Petersburg ‘Swan’ Manuscript. With an Introduction, Inventory and Index by Tim Crawford and Pierre-François Goy. A little known lute manuscript dated 1614. Full fascimile at original size. Although known from 19th-century catalogues, this manuscript tablature for lute and baryton has lain inaccessible to scholars and players in the West for most of this century. Published in cooperation with the Library of the Russian Academy of Science in St. Petersburg. 80 pp. of introductory text, 209 fascimile plates in full half-tone. 288 pp. Press Reviews. $98.00
494-02149 (LUTE-3a)

Volume III: The Lute Works of John Johnson. Transcribed and edited by John M. Ward. Keyboard. . One of Elizabeth I’s musitians for the three lutes, John Johnson was the earliest of the lutenist-composers of the Golden Age of English lute music. His widely disseminated works, some of which require considerable virtuosity, were admired and emulated by his most distinguished successor John Dowland, as well as Byrd, Morley, Farnaby and others. After Dowland, he was the English composer best known abroad. First complete edition of his works. 23 pavans, galliards and miscellaneous works for solo lute, and 17 duets. $50.00
494-02150 (LUTE-3b)

Volume III: The Lute Works of John Johnson. Transcribed and edited by John M. Ward. Lute tablature. . One of Elizabeth I’s musitians for the three lutes, John Johnson was the earliest of the lutenist-composers of the Golden Age of English lute music. His widely disseminated works, some of which require considerable virtuosity, were admired and emulated by his most distinguished successor John Dowland, as well as Byrd, Morley, Farnaby and others. After Dowland, he was the English composer best known abroad. First complete edition of his works. 23 pavans, galliards and miscellaneous works for solo lute, and 17 duets. $60.00
494-02151 (LUTE-3c)

Volume III: The Lute Works of John Johnson. Transcribed and edited by John M. Ward. Guitar transcriptions.. One of Elizabeth I’s musitians for the three lutes, John Johnson was the earliest of the lutenist-composers of the Golden Age of English lute music. His widely disseminated works, some of which require considerable virtuosity, were admired and emulated by his most distinguished successor John Dowland, as well as Byrd, Morley, Farnaby and others. After Dowland, he was the English composer best known abroad. First complete edition of his works. 23 pavans, galliards and miscellaneous works for solo lute, and 17 duets. Press Reviews. $40.00
494-02152 (RTFT-8)

The Königsberg Manuscript A Facsimile of Manuscript F 15-285 MLF LXXIX (olim Preuisches Staatsarchiv, Königsberg, Msc. A 116. fol.) Central Library of the Lithuanian Academy of Science. With an Introduction, Inventory and Index By Arthur J. Ness and John M. Ward. Hard Cover, Folio, 196 pp. (129 plates). Contains many important pieces by John Dowland, John Johnson and John Hoskins, several of which are not known to exist in other sources. $89.00

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