"Many thanks Monica,
I had in mind Spanish six course instruments instruments from about the 1760/70s through to the end of the century - the peak, based on extant musical sources and instruments made, seems to be the…"
"Not sure precisely what instruments you are referring to or the precise date but in 1773 Vargas y Guzman says that although guitars usually have wire frets he has included information about how to place moveable frets in case any…"
I would be grateful for any information on two aspects of the Spanish six (double) course guitar introduced there in the second half of the eighteenth century and which continued to be played into the nineteenth:Fretting: - as far as I'm aware all extant instruments of this type have fixed metal frets on the neck but, of course, some could be replacements for earlier tied frets especially for the earliest of these instruments. Is there any evidence for the use of tied frets on these…See More
MS 3/209 in the Real Conservatoire Superior de Musica de Madrid (RCSMM) contains works for six course Spanish guitar dating from the later eighteenth century. All the pieces are in six line 'Italian' tablature but, as sometimes found in slightly earlier five course guitar music by Spanish musicians (such as Perez), with no flags and without regular barring. Here is a link to the RCSMM scan …See More
"As mentioned earlier, I found Perez's flamboyant setting (in B-Bc 5.615) of the popular Marizapalos particularly intriguing (more florid in places than other surviving settings such as those by Guerau, Sanz, de Murcia and preserved in the…"
"Jalovec's indispensable 'Encyclopedia of violin- makers' gives Benoit Fleury's dates as 1751 - 1791 ( no other suitable Fleury candidates are listed) but it also shows a specimen of his label (seemingly…"
"The pieces were originally included in an earlier manuscript copied by Castillion - B-Lc Ms. 245 in about 1706. This ms. includes one additional pieces by Perez - with the title "Air". In the introduction to the later ms. Castillion says…"
"PS. Further to this: I forgot to mention that the peculiar seeming writing may also be to do with ornaments being fully written out - or attempted to be - rather than the more usual shorthand signs.
Has anybody decoded the intriguing works by Perez in this MS collection copied by Castillion (Bibliotheque du Conservatoire Royale Musique Brussels Cote 5.615)? The fullest version of the various attributions of various works in the collection to Perez is against a piece (page 102) 'Passacaille dite Marizapalos' and gives 'par D. Michel Perez /de Zavala Espagnol/1690)'. A good note on the MS by Monica Hall is here…See More
Thank you for this. Yes - I agree with much of what you write and, in particular, about the peculiar and, to my mind, unattractive (truncated/squashed) body shape profile of E.0748 (the Chambure instrument) - but, as you also…"
Thank you for this and your view that the instrument in question may have been built as late as 1600. However the use of much aged wood by the maker working even after this date cannot be ruled out - indeed, your own view suggests…"
"Thanks for Carlos - it certainly reinforces the view some of us first put forward many years ago (including the late Donald Gill, as well as myself) that we need to question the assumption that the instrument (E.0748) was constructed in the…"
"Many thanks for this Monica.
It's interesting you mention that in an article Gonzales says that there's some doubt about the authenticity of the instrument. Others also raised similar concerns - sometimes also around the…"