Thank you so much for posting about this, Gilles! One of my complaints about the collections I mentioned is that they don't come with performance CDs, yet it appears that Abt's volume does:-)gilles T wrote:Hello,
I'd like to add to the good references above a nice collection which features one of the most beautiful Weiss Sonata : "Baroque music for guitar" edited by Walter Abt, Carish publications. All pieces are transcribed in a so-called "Abt-tuning", E-A-D-F#-B-D which approximates the baroque lute tuning in minor thirds. This tuning is however nothing new, since Miguel Abloniz used it in the early sixties to transcribe Weiss' SW 34; but it proves very effective when it comes to emulate rich chords you can get on a baroque lute. And the tablatures are very useful not to get lost with the unusual, yet very easy, fingerings.
I've already ordered the book from Schott, so I should have it in a couple weeks:-) I'll let you know what I think once I have a look and listen.gilles T wrote:Hello Altophile,
I already noticed we share many common interests; I would be happy to read your comments on the Abt book if you purchase it.
About this "semi-baroque" tuning, I forgot to mention that Richard Darsie used it extensively to transcribe baroque pieces for the renaissance lute. He put a bunch of Weiss transcriptions on the lute ning forum (run by the great Daniel Shokes aka "Kidneykutter" on YT), but you have to register to access the tabs. Otherwise, you may be interested by his free transcriptions of some Bach cello suites for the ten course lute you can find in Sarge Gerbode's pages. Especially the BWV 1008 where he did a magnificient work around the campanellas with open strings. All these transcriptions can be played on the guitar, with minor adaptations for some bass notes.
Also appears as Kidneykutter on this forum.gilles T wrote:...(run by the great Daniel Shokes aka "Kidneykutter" on YT)...
Thanks, Derek, I'll check those out. I noticed that ABRSM also has recordings of the pieces assigned to students at the different grades, which can give us the opportunity to hear a pro play some of the beginner repertoire. Nice stuff.DerekB wrote:ABRSM have a Weiss anthology which has some really lovely pieces in excellent editions.
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