pogmoor wrote: ↑
Sun Jun 01, 2008 9:58 am
This galliard, based on a song "Now, O, Now I needs must part" has always been one of my favourites. It appears in lute manuscripts in several versions and there are three versions that may be ascribable to John Dowland in Diana Poulton's collection of his music. The lutenist David Tayler posted a beautiful performance of the piece on the Archlute in December 2007 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pPdMwoBki-A
. This performance seems (assuming A=440) to be in E and does not correspond fully with any of the versions in Poulton but I found it so enjoyable that I decided to make my own arrangement for guitar based on Tayler's playing. The arrangement is constructed from elements of Poulton 23 and 23a (the latter being the best known version on the guitar) plus elements of Tayler's playing, though my version is less decorated that his. I have also constructed it so that it is playable in normal guitar tuning. I always think of my arrangements as 'work in progress' so any comments about this one would be very welcome.
Looks good - I've not tried your version yet but will. If you remember I was looking for versions with the original low basses (since I have an extended range guitar) and baulked at paying between £60-100 for Poulton but found the Gerbode site & I've since been forcing myself to become re-acquainted with French tablature (& getting used to it again).
I came to the conclusion that it's worth experimenting with ornamentation, divisions and putting some basses down the octave since it doesn't make sense not to use the extra basses if they can add to the music / it's probably what Dowland et al would have done had they had more basses. The very fact that there are so many versions of this lovely piece (and others, by various composers) suggests variation was the order of the day.
Well done again - and thanks for the link to the lutenist - v nice!