2005 Student Research Conference:
18th Annual Student Research Conference

Fine Arts

Development and Use of Lute Tablature During the 16th Century
Shelley D. Layton♦
Dr. Jay Bulen, Faculty Mentor

The development of the lute as a polyphonic instrument played an important role in the advancement of 16th century polyphonic secular music of the courts. During the second half of the 15th c., a new notation for the lute was accompanied by a change in performance practice. These developments allowed for the lute to be used either as a polyphonic instrument for accompaniment or as a solo instrument performing a transcribed polyphonic vocal work. Knowledge attained by studying these developments was applied to transcribe a four part madrigal, to produce a performance edition for solo voice and lute that resembles an edition that may have appeared in a lute book during the 16th c.

Keywords: Lute, polyphony, 16th century, lute accompaniment


Presentation Type: Oral Paper

Session: 48-4
Location: OP 2210
Time: 4:30

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