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The famous lute book of Vicenzo Capirola was compiled in 1517, exactly 500 years ago. Here is Ricercar VIII from that collection, played on an eight-string guitar made by Delcamp member Joseph Redman (hanredman).
The Capirola collection is remarkable for the music, but moreso for the incredible artwork which surrounds the margins of many pages. The compiler of the book, a man named Vitale who was a student of Capirola's, said that he wanted to make sure that this book would survive the ages and not be lost, so he applied miniature painting of birds, animals, plants, and people on over half of the sheets. I had to opportunity (in 1999) to examine the manuscript directly, and the brilliance of the ink even five centuries later is astounding. Here are three sample pages:
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That is the most amazing document, I got so carried away following the pictures of all the animals (and rather naughty looking satyr ...), utterly astonishing work. Has anyone made a complete transcription I wonder?
Well I've seen enough of those Universal editions to spot them at an angle ...
Simon Ambridge Series 40 (2005)
Trevor Semple Series 88 (1992)
Louis Panormo (1838)
Alexander Batov Baroque Guitar (2013)
Has anyone made a complete transcription I wonder?
Yes and no. There's a very detailed book by Otto Gombosi, "Compositione di meser Vincenzo Capirola", published by Société de Musique d'Autrefois in 1955, which has the entire book transcribed in keyboard staves (similar to Diana Poulton's 1974 Dowland book). Gombosi goes into exhaustive detail about Capirola's life and the few details known about his family from various tax records of the time. But I don't know of a guitar adaptation of the entire work. It's for a 6-course lute, so certainly it fits the guitar with no issue. Well, no issues other than some gawd-awful left hand stretches, unless you use a short scale guitar, or place a capo at 2nd fret.