Early Guitars and Vihuela

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New CD "Nouvelles étrennes de guitare"
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Hello everybody: This new CD, Nouvelles étrennes de guitare, with music of the Classical Period for five-course guitar has just been published. It contains several works (some are still unknown to…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Thomas Schmitt May 24, 2016.

Videos theorboed guitar
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Hello everyone:I just uploaded 2 videos with music played on a theorboed guitar. A Preludio by Granata and a…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Jelma van Amersfoort Sep 9, 2015.

Allegro by Arizpacochaga
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I just posted a new video with an Allegro by Juan de Arizpacochaga. Aguado mentioned this guitarist in the preface of his…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Ricardo Aleixo Dec 9, 2014.

Barcelona MS691
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I have just digitized my copy of the manuscript Barcelona Biblioteca Nacional de Catalunya Ms 691-2 with pieces for the baroque guitar. Over 15 years ago it wasn't possible to obtain a microfilm, so…Continue

Tags: MS691, Barcelona

Started this discussion. Last reply by gilles T May 14, 2018.


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gilles T replied to Thomas Schmitt's discussion Barcelona MS691
"Dear Ms Hall, Thank you so much ! I have been able to find this vid, and here's the link just in case other members may be interested :  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NZmHhsUCqxo Actually I have been confusing this suite (por la E) with…"
May 14, 2018
Monica Hall replied to Thomas Schmitt's discussion Barcelona MS691
"The prelude and sarabande have been recorded by Alfred Fernandez but not the minuet. I have the CD - not sure if it is on YT but you might trace it under his name. "
May 14, 2018
gilles T replied to Thomas Schmitt's discussion Barcelona MS691
"Hello, I'm playing this wonderful little suite (which only consists in a Prelude, saraband and minuet) from a very nice collection edited by Miss Hall (thanks to her for her great work and knowledge). My trouble is : I'm positive I…"
May 12, 2018

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I am guitarist and musicologist with special interest in early music. For further information, please have a look at my blog.

Arús manuscript

As a welcome gift I attach a baroque guitar tablature from the Arús library in Barcelona. Although the title refers to a Viguela, the instrument is unequivocally a five-course guitar.
I haven't analyzed the manuscript, but it seems to be from the second half of the 18th century. Enjoy the music...


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Guitar videos with 6-course instrument


I just posted some videos with the 6-course guitar (Vargas, Ferandiere, Abreu). 


Enjoy it,


Posted on February 25, 2012 at 17:20 — 7 Comments

New CD with spanish six-course guitar music


The Label "la ma de guido" has just released my CD (De gusto muy delicado) with Spanish 18th century music for the six course guitar. In the following link there can be found more information: http://www.lamadeguido.com/nov_.html



Posted on February 17, 2012 at 7:05 — 4 Comments

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At 11:08 on May 7, 2010, João Pedro Duarte said…
Bem vindo! I Your Untersuchungen was one of my first books about the early guitar! So I am pleased to be able to follow your work. Your blog is full of good sense and precious information and music.
At 12:19 on March 23, 2010, Diego Martín said…
Hola Thomas, felicidades por tu blog y por conciliar la musicología con la interpretación. Yo lo estoy intentando, y aunque también guitarrista y musicólogo, no lo he conseguido. Mi pasión y a lo que dedico más tiempo son los instrumentos de púa, me gustaría profundizar ello y salvo los libros y artículos de Paul Sparks, James Tyler, Pepe Rey, Marga Wilden y Pedro Chamorro no hay mucha bibliografía. Mi inquietud musical me ha llevado a continuar mi formación musical de mandolina a Luxemburgo, pero musicológicamente estoy algo perdido, me gustaría ampliar conocimientos sobre los instrumentos de púa (Bandurria y mandolina). Como profesor en Universidad de la Rioja y músico práctico, ¿Puedes darme algún consejo?
At 13:50 on March 22, 2010, Chris Despopoulos said…
Thanks for the manuscript! I will enjoy it immensely.
At 19:18 on March 19, 2010, Rocky Mjos said…
Thank you for the correction to the manuscript title. -- R
At 15:59 on March 18, 2010, Rocky Mjos said…
Thank you for sharing the Arus tablature source, how thoughtful of you! The manuscript has now been listed on the Scores page. -- R
At 21:58 on March 16, 2010, Scot Tremblay said…
Welcome Thomas. You are lucky to live in the center of the best wine country in the world, my opinion of course. How do you get any work done???

I looked through your article section in your web site. Good work. I look forward to your input here.
At 15:19 on March 16, 2010, Rocky Mjos said…
Welcome, Thomas! I was just visiting your blog last night and listening to your music samples. Your work with Bach and the Baroque guitar have been mentioned in the Forum section of this network. -- R

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