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Rule Britannia & God Save the King- arr.de Manuel Joaquim Monteiro Cabral, ca. 1850

Espólio de Manuel Morais, Lisboa

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Comment by Samantha Muir on February 7, 2016 at 12:38

Thanks Stuart! That's very helpful. I am also curious about the Machete MS belonging to Mrs Christopher... 

Comment by Stuart Walsh on February 7, 2016 at 11:43

I put up a slightly mischievous version of this a while ago:


and wrongly said it was from Barbosa's Principios para machete (from 1870s not 1840s)

Some original scans from the Cabral MS, and some other scans from other Madeiran MSS plus many, many pieces written out from the MSS are here:


This site is in Portuguese. It is not easy to navigate and doesn't seem to be working at the moment. It took me a while to figure it out  - so please feel free to contact me if I can help. It must be the most important site for machete music.

Comment by Samantha Muir on February 7, 2016 at 11:08

Does anyone know what happened to the Cabral MS?

Comment by Stuart Walsh on September 29, 2011 at 19:34

It's probably just a coincidence but this is like the Russian guitar tuning but just the top four strings. It's a nice tuning and the Russians developed it massively.


I have a curious nineteenth century guitar piece, a Military Divertimento, by Eulenstein and published in Bath in this G major tuning (but normal six-string guitar)


Is the Machete madeirense like a Canarian timple?


'Madeirense' sounds a bit like Madiera? Might the music have been written for some English people living there?

Comment by Manuel Morais on September 29, 2011 at 12:24
Estimado Juan Pablo, No es para cavaquinho pero para Machete madeirense (de la isla de Madeira). El cavaquinho non tiene repertório erudito, tanto en Portugal como en nel Brasil, etc.  Pero la afinaçión és igual al de cavaquinho portugués. Abrazo
Comment by Juan Pablo Pira on September 29, 2011 at 4:29
para cavaquinho???
Comment by Manuel Morais on September 28, 2011 at 23:41
Para Machete madeirense, afinação: ré2-sol2-si2-ré3.

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