[Prelude] by Anon. (CUL Add.3056, f.10v.)

Cambridge University Library MS Add.3056 probably dates from around 1610, but most of the music is for a seven-course lute.  The copyist drew on a number of continental and English sources, including John Danyel’s song book of 1606.  This unusual piece, untitled and anonymous, is not found in any other source, but surely deserves a place in the repertoire of modern lutenists.  Written at the bottom of the page is what appears to be an alternative text for bars 3 and 4 – I have included it in the same way so you can choose which version to play.

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