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Diego Ortiz - Renaissance
Viola da Gamba
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July 16, 2021 - 1:59 am
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I was recently listening to more Renaissance music... that could be played by Violin, Viola or Cello!

Diego Ortiz was a Spanish Composer known for his published polyphonic (4 to 7 voices) and Viola da Gamba Renaissance music. (Wikipedia) 

Love all the different sizes of Viols and the fact they have more than 4 strings, always gets me excited. 

This is no Galliard, but a really nice piece by Ortiz to try anyway, "Recercada Segunda" - played by Elisabeth Reed and 'The Voice of The Viol', viol consort (Voices of Music). 

Diego Ortiz's Recercada Segunda

4 different sizes of Viols! 

Here's the sheet music perfect for CELLO, in G Dorian!  

Recercada Segunda Sheet Music for Bass Viol

Here's a link to the Galliard thread (love 'em). 

The Galliard Thread



...want to at least consider a 5 string Cello? 🤔 

- Emily

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July 16, 2021 - 4:56 am
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Beautiful! It's interesting that there's so much Spanish Renaissance music, but not a lot of well-known Spanish composers from more recent periods.


Not to hijack this thread, but here's another Renaissance piece that I think would work well on bowed strings, though it may require more effort to arrange. I've played it in piano transcription, and in this video it's played on a modern guitar.

It's on IMSLP in guitar transcription, which seems like a nice starting point to come up with a version for violin, viola, or cello.



July 16, 2021 - 6:41 am
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@AndrewH - 

Think you just helped me solve a mystery!

Guessing I can now tell where all the Spanish Guitar music I love comes from - the Renaissance! 

Very nice! Thank you! 

Guess I better be careful saying what kind of guitar music I love, cause I didn't realize - Acoustic guitars vs Spanish Classical guitars vs Spanish Flamenco guitars are ALL different. 

Here's a little History and some "Notable Spanish Composers" (Classical Guitar Shed). 

Spanish Guitar Info, History & Composers


...might have to link this over to my Mexican/Spanish/Latin American music thread. (lol) 

- Emily

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