Biblioteca de la Guitarra y Cuerda Pulsada

Biblioteca de la Guitarra y Cuerda Pulsada

The English Solo Lyra Viol A 21st Century Perspective on a 17th Century Musical Instrument

The ‘golden age’ tradition of English Lute music was, by the last years ofthe 16thcentury, beginning to decline. At this time a fashion arose forplaying polyphonic music notated in tablature on the bass viol, the socalled lyra viol. The history of the lyra viol and its music is examined.A short history of the viol family is followed by an account of the dispute inthe early years of the 17thcentury between John Dowland and TobiasHume, in which the latter suggested the lyra viol could supplant the lute.Discussion of the organological status of the lyra viol is followed byreference to the tablature notation used for its music and the variety oftunings the instrument...

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