Lute Realizations for the English Cavalier Songs
(1630 – 1670)
A Guide for Performers
This project is a dissertation prepared in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree, Doctor of Music, at Indiana University, Bloomington Indiana, May 2006. The study consists of an in-depth look at the theory and practical aspects of providing an accompaniment for English song between approximately the death of John Dowland and the Restoration. Its preparation was carried out under Elisabeth Wright, Research Director, and Nigel North, Chair of the Committee.
Introductory materials and all individual chapters are available as separate PDF files. File sizes are given for each — please be aware that the large files will require a substantial amount of time to download on a dial-up connection. The text is copyright Gus Denhard, ©2006, and may not be distributed further without permission. Quotations should be referenced appropriately.
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- Title Page, Table of Contents and List of Examples. (Pages i-viii. PDF, 119 KB)
- Chapter I – Introduction: Contains a general introduction, discussion of the continuo lutes in use for the repertory, the size of the repertory, sources used and omitted, and the background to English song accompaniment. (Pages 1-13. PDF, 144 KB)
- Chapter II – The Intabulated Lute Accompaniments to English Cavalier Songs: This chapter is an analysis of the eight surviving cavalier song manuscripts that include lute tablature realizations. Manuscripts for 10-course lute, 12-course theorbo-lute, and English theorbo are addressed in turn. (Pages 14-82. PDF 14.2 MB!)
- Chapter III – The English Continuo Writings by Matthew Locke and Thomas Mace and their Application to the English Cavalier Songs: Harmonic language and some aspects of accompaniment style in Melothesia and Musickís Monument generally support the findings of chapter II. (Pages 83-116. PDF, 4.70 MB)
- Chapter IV – Examples of Cavalier Song Lute Realizations: The authorís own realizations for three songs from Select Ayres and Dialogues (1659) for 10-course lute, 12-course lute, and English theorbo apply the stylistic principles that were laid out in chapters II and III. (Pages 117-143. PDF, 2.79 MB)
- Selected Bibliography. (Pages 144-151. PDF, 126 KB)
Last updated 29 March AD 2015 – DFH.