Monthly Archives: February 2016

Pavan Sans Per by Francis Cutting (Euing, f.32v.)

I had been aware of this piece long before I took up the lute, because it appeared in a selection of five pieces by Cutting arranged for the guitar by Brian Jeffery, but it’s only recently that I’ve looked at the sources and played it on the lute. ¬†For details of the other sources and biographical information on Cutting,

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Ut re mi fa so la

The most basic materials for a composer to work with – the hexachord. The first piece is by Alfonso Ferrabosco, from the Hirsch lute book (BL MS Hirsch M 1353, f.64v. and also found in Dd.2.11, f.54v.).

The second is something of a blockbuster by Diomedes (Cato) of Venice,

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