"Anyone who loves this music will get much use and a great deal of pleasure from this volume for the transcriber has chosen some less well-known examples from this musical era. Therefore there must be something for everyone here to play and enjoy, and this nicely printed book deserves to do well."
Classical Guitar Magazine
A collection of renaissance lute preludes and dances from 16th Century Europe transcribed for solo guitar. These pieces are attractive miniatures that can be played separately, or combined in suites. Most fingering has been left to the discretion of the player as has the choice of tuning the 3rd string to F#, to correspond to lute tuning, or leaving the 3rd string tuned to G.
1. Allman - from the Mynshall Lute Book
2. Allemande - from the Thesaurus Harmonicus
3. Troisiesme Ballet des Chevaux - Robert Ballard
4. Troisiesme Ballet des Princes - Robert Ballard
5. Sixiesme Ballet des Chevaux - Robert Ballard
6. Sixiesme Courante - Robert Ballard
7. Gaillard - Robert Ballard
8. Septiesme Ballet de Chaveaux - Robert Ballard
9. Branle de Village - Robert Ballard
10. Ballet des Princes - Robert Ballard
11. Ballet - Robert Ballard
12. Branle de la Cornamuse - Robert Ballard
13. Prelude - Laurencini da Roma
14. Fantasia - Laurencini da Roma
15. Fantasia Nona - Joanne Matelart
16. Volte - Anonymous
17. Canaries - Jean-Baptiste Besard
18. Branle Gay - Jean-Baptiste Besard
19. Mrs. Anne Markham's Pavan - Francis Cutting
Joseph Mayes has performed extensively throughout the United States and Europe on both guitar and lute. He is a professor of music at Rowan University where he heads the Guitar and Early Music programs and holds degrees from Thomas Edison College and Shenandoah University. He is well known, not only as a performer, but as an outstanding source of guitar scholarship witnessed in his articles and reviews in periodicals such as "Soundboard" and The Lute Society of America "Quarterly."
His arrangements and transcriptions have been published by Clear Note, Mel Bay, Plucked String, and Galvanized Music. He has studied with some of the most notable guitarists of the century including Andres Segovia, Carlos Barbosa-Lima, and Jose Tomas, and performed in some of the world’s most prestigious venues. He has recorded 4 solo CD’s of both guitar and lute music.