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In his quest to compile an anthology of the best pieces by vihuela composers, David Grimes encountered the rich complexity of the music of Luys Milan. He also noticed many discrepancies in fingering and in the notes themselves in various existing transcribed editions. Following a period of exhaustive research the author prepared this authoritative guitar edition of the fifty fantasias in Milan's seminal 1536 book, El Maestro. The resulting edition provides a more accurate sense of the virtuosity of this music. These extraordinary pieces are presented here in standard notation only with extensive historical and performance notes. Of this collection the author writes," It is my sincere hope that this new edition will help bring this glorious repertoire to the attention of more of today's many outstanding performers, and that Milan's fantasias will more often take their deserved place on recital programs, alongside the masterworks of John Dowland and Francesco da Milano."
The Vihuela de Mano
Pitch and Tuning
Note Values, Meter and Barring
Pulse and Tempo
Notes on Fantasias 1 - 9
Nos. 1 - 9: "Easier" Fantasias
Notes on Fantasias 10 - 18
Nos. 10 - 18: Fantasias with Consonancias and Redobles
Notes on Fantasias 19 - 22
Nos. 19 - 22: Intermediate Fantasias
Notes on Fantasias 23 - 28
Nos. 23 - 28: Six Fantasias with the Air of Pavanas
Notes on Fantasias 29 - 39
Nos. 29 - 39: More Difficult Fantasias
Notes on Fantasias 40 - 43
Nos. 40 - 43: Four Fantasias in the Form of Tentos
Notes on Fantasias 44 - 50
Nos. 44 - 50: Difficult Fantasias
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