Biblioteca de la Guitarra y Cuerda Pulsada

Biblioteca de la Guitarra y Cuerda Pulsada

The players and performance practice of the Vihuela and its related instruments, the lute and the guitar, from c.1450 to c.1650, as revealed by a study of musical, theoretical and archival sources

Throughout the late fifteenth, sixteenth, and early seventeenth centuries, the most popular string instruments in Spain were the vihuela, the lute and the guitar, and among these, the vihuela held the pride of place during the sixteenth. This overwhelming popularity, however, only serves to deepen the sense of mystery that surrounds this instrument, manifested through the unexplainable lack of evidence that has reached us, a scarcity of information that also concerns the use of the lute and guitar in Spain.

Among the uncertain facts we must count, in the first place, the physical construction of the vihuela itself: out of the thousands of instruments that must surely have been made, only two are known to have survived, and both these two specimens can hardly be considered as representative of the instruments used to play the repertoire that appears in the extant vihuela-books...)

 

The players and performance practice of the Vihuela and its related instruments, the lute and the guitar

 

 

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