Music Well – Dosia McKay, Composer, Painter, Writer

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Baroque Notation for Lute

lutetabWill Tocaben, for whom I have been writing my lute piece, sent me his initial comments. The words “gorgeous” and “falling on the lute perfectly” have been used. Now, I have no illusions, the second stage of composition begins: going through the music with a fine-toothed comb, making sure that everything is indeed playable. And then, the piece will have to be transcribed into the Baroque tablature (something resembling what is shown in this photo, notice the letters depicting pitches). This is what you get when you work with an instrumentalist who is a purist. I will probably have to write it out using a quill and parchment paper, by candlelight, no less.

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One comment on “Baroque Notation for Lute

  1. Pingback: Fantasy I for Lute / Omer Katzir | The Silent Troubadour

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