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Intavolatura di liuto Intavolatura di liuto

Michelagnolo Galilei, the younger brother of the famous Galileo, was a professional lutenist at the court of Maximillian of Bavaria. In this, he followed in the footsteps of his father, Vincenzo, also a lutenist but equally renowed as a theorist and one of the initiators of Count Bardi’s influential Florentine “Camerata”. Both Michelagnolo and Galileo were taught to play the lute by their father and the music included in this programme would have been known to and played by both brothers. In 1620 Galileo helped finance Michelagnolo’s Il primo libro d’intavolatura di liuto. For this reason, most of the pieces for this project have been chosen from this publication. Despite being relatively unknown, it contains repertoire of high musical quality, reflecting the new thinking of the day and displaying both Italian influence: as in the poetic toccatas, stylistically close to the toccata de durezzo e ligature; and the new seventeenth-century French style as evinced by the correntes and voltes. As such the collection is a unique amalgam of forms encountered in no other publication of lute music. Th e book also contains passamezzi with their salterelli, a genre found in countless sixteenth-century collections and fulf illing the same function as the “twelve bar blues” in our own time.



Anthony Bailes  ANTHONY BAILES first studied guitar, through which he developed a love of lute music. A chance meeting with Diana Poulton resulted in buying a lute and studying with her. In 1971 he was awarded a grant by the Arts Council of Great Britain to further his studies with Eugen Dombois at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis in Switzerland.
Since completing his studies he has toured Europe playing at most major festivals. Of his various recordings, several are considered “milestones” and his interpretations of seventeenth century French and German music are particularly esteemed and have been awarded several prizes. Besides performing and teaching, Anthony Bailes has published music editions and monographs on the lute and its music.


Sonate in fa minore Sonate in do maggiore
  1. Toccata   18. Toccata  
  2. Corrente   19. Volta  
  3. Volta   20. Volta
  4. Passamezzo   21. Volta
  5. Saltarello     22. Volta  
         
Sonate in si bemolle maggiore   23. Toccata in re minore  
  6. Toccata    
  7. Corrente
Vincenzo Galilei
  8. Volta     24. Calliope  
  9. Volta
  25. Polymnia  
          26. Urania  
Vincenzo Galilei    
  10. Alcun non può saper   Sonate in sol maggiore  
  11. Fantasia Terza        
        27. Toccata  
Sonate in do minore     28. Corrente  
  12. Toccata     29. Corrente  
  13. Corrente     30. Volta  
  14. Corrente        
  15. Corrente   Sonate in la minore  
  16. Passamezzo     31. Toccata  
  17. Saltarello     32. Corrente  
        33. Corrente  
        34. Volta  
           
      35. Toccata in fa maggiore