|Lute Sonata XXIII in A Minor – London Manuscript – Also known as the L’infidèle Sonata
|This book contains the entire Sonata 23 in A Minor from the London MS, originally for Baroque Lute, arranged and transcribed for Classical Guitar. The tuning is Drop D, where the low E is tuned to a D.
|Savage Classical Guitar Editions in 2004
|Richard F. Sayage
|Standard Notation ONLY
|Dr. Douglas Alton Smith and Timothy Crawford,
|editor of the Sämtliche Werke
|Smith-Crawford numbering is S-C 29
Entree from Weiss’ London MS Sonata XXIII in A Minor – The Sarabande seems to symbolise the implacable progress of destiny. The unique musical atmosphere lends itself nicely to the presentation of lute music at a slow tempo. The Menuet is also idiosyncratically ‘lutish’ in its skilful use of campanellas, where most of the notes are distributed one per string. The resultant shimmering texture fully exploits the inherent richness of the late Baroque lute. Moreso than in the other movements, the Musette seems to speak directly, revealing hidden layers of meaning by times deeply poetic, giving vent to the alternation between tender phrases and those of a more bellicose nature, the latter serving to remind us of the title of the sonata. It is curious to note that the musette is the only work in the sonata to make use of the two last courses. It is possible that the sonata was originally composed without the musette, for the eleven course instrument, only to be revised at a later date, after Weiss had preceded his contemporaries in adopting the thirteen course lute. One could even surmise that he chose to honour his newly found instrument by composing a piece to celebrate the novelty of the low A! Though the Dresden ms offers a reworking of the other movements with a view to full utilisation of the thirteen course lute, the London version has proven to me to be equally pleasing to perform, the sonic equilibrium being quite correct in all respects. Similarly, the melodic and rhythmic variations found in the Dresden musette do not constitute a marked improvement, with the exception of one measure which seems to have fallen victim to a copying error in the London ms. The Paÿsane retains the omnipresent majesty of the sonata, providing in addition, an engaging dance feel; an heroically victorious conclusion to the work. – taken from Michael Cardin
Please be sure to see my other publications and collections
- Weiss Select Transcripts Volume 1 (also in TAB)
- Weiss Collection of 12 Sonatas for Lute Transcribed for Solo Classical Guitar
- Bach Collection (Standard Notation)
- Bach Collection (TAB Notation)
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