Early Guitars and Vihuela

A network for historic guitars and vihuelas

Monica Hall
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  • London
  • United Kingdom
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Monica Hall Oct 28.

Santiago de Murcia
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Juan Pablo Pira Aug 3, 2016.

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Started this discussion. Last reply by Monica Hall Aug 29, 2016.


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Jens Bang-Rasmussen replied to Monica Hall's discussion Nathanael Diesel
"There three different links to the Royal library in cph. Containing music by Dielsel GKS 377 folio http://www.kb.dk/da/nb/materialer/haandskrifter/HA/e-mss/gks377.html NKS 110…"
Nov 6
gilles T replied to Monica Hall's discussion Nathanael Diesel
"Hello, Just in case this old thread might trigger some fresh interest, I stumbled upon this link today : http://www.kb.dk/da/nb/materialer/haandskrifter/HA/e-mss/gks377.html The amount of guitar music is just enormous ! Enjoy, Gilles."
Oct 30
Monica Hall replied to Monica Hall's discussion Unidentified illustration
"Brilliant detective work.  Thank you very much for your help."
Oct 28
gilles T replied to Monica Hall's discussion Unidentified illustration
"Bravo Edgar ! I too had this feeling of "déja-vu"" and immediately checked the front page of Narvaez "seis libros del delphin", just to find it features as well a similar siren playing a guitar or a vihuela, but not…"
Oct 28

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About me:
I have been interested in the vihuela and baroque guitar since I was a teenager in the 1950s. I play the baroque guitar and have written numerous articles etc. about the instrument and its music. My current interests are the music of Corbetta and the development of baroque guitar notation.

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At 17:38 on December 21, 2015, Alas said…

That's great! Thank you very much.

At 19:17 on December 7, 2015, Gabriele Natilla said…

Thank you for your reply, Monica. I will check about this Capona by Valdambrini, with the link that this kind member has provided. Gabriele

At 13:49 on January 28, 2015, Steve Walter said…

Dear Monica

I perform on vihuela and lute and have recently bought a baroque guitar.

I have a query concerning left hand slurs which I understand were considered  as ornamentation. These are notated extensively in French baroque music but are rarely notated in the music of Gaspar Sanz which I am studying at the moment. Of course, the absence of slurs in the tablature doesn't mean that they weren't played in practise. I would be interested in hearing your views on this subject.

I have noticed that in recordings of Sanz that I have heard, performers seem reluctant to add left hand slurs except in the few places where Sanz notates them.

Best wishes

Steve Walter


At 18:40 on November 3, 2014, João Pedro Duarte said…

Dear Monica,

Thanks for the information.

Gerard had my email (didnt change it) : joaopedroduarte@clix.pt

Best Regards


At 13:43 on March 10, 2014, jean michel Catherinot said…

Table pour apprendre facilement à toucher le théorbe sur la ... - imslp

Dear Monica, I'm not sure you finally got Bartolotti treatise! I can't copy the link, but you 'll find easily with this on IMSLP. All the best!

At 14:11 on November 3, 2013, Eamon Sweeney said…
Hi Monica
Thank you so much - can't wait to get playing these.
The instrument is guitar-shaped and sounds wonderful- we worked off the image on the Granata frontispiece, the Strad stringing information and the dimensions of existing Strad five-course instruments.
I'll post a photo on my page.
At 11:36 on November 3, 2013, Eamon Sweeney said…

Dear Ms Hall

I wonder if you could help me? I have just had a Strad/Granata-style theorboed guitar built for me by Ivo Magherini (and your article was a great help in the planning of the project!). I find that the Minkoff edition of Granata's Book 4 is out of print and I can find no other facsimile. Would you be able to point me in the direction of a copy. The possible repertoire is a little compromised without it!

Many thanks

Eamon Sweeney

At 9:04 on November 1, 2013, seth f. josel said…

Dear Ms. Hall,

I am writing concerning a musical example from your illuminating article on Millione. Therein you included a citation of Millione's "Aria di Forenza", p 47 from the Quarto Libro.

I am currently finishing work on a book for Bärenreiter Press and would like to reproduce this musical example as well in order to demonstrate the battente style. May I kindly ask whether you could make this photo - or tiff file - available to me for reproduction? My co-author, Ming Tsao, and I would be most grateful to you.

Thank you kindly for your troubles in advance. My personal email address is: sfjosel@snafu.de

Yours sincerely,

Seth Josel

At 21:33 on May 25, 2013, Peter Forrester said…

Of course!

At 18:14 on February 23, 2013, Ricardo Aleixo said…

Dear Monica,

If it is posible I would like to have all the 8 pages. Can you send me the pages to my email?:


Thank you very much.



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