My Periodical Articles

In this section I plan to include pdfs of articles which I have had published in various periodicals over the past few years. Some of them are not very easy to get hold of in the original format so I hope this will be a useful resource.

At the end I intend to include pdfs of articles about the guitar by other writers which are not easy to get hold but which I have been lucky enough to get copies of in the past.

Cifras Article

This is an article which June Yakeley and I wrote about Spanish chord notations which was included in Lute Vol. 35, 1995.  Although it may be a bit out of date now no one has published a comprehensive article on the topic in English since – as far as I know. June was the first person to understand Brizeño’s unusual notation and the article includes examples of how his pieces can be reconstructed.


This article was included in Early Music, Vol. 5, no.1, January, 1977 in the series “Performing early music on record” . It is a survey of recordings of music from the vihuela repertoire (not all played on the vihuela!) available on long playing records at the time.


This detailed study of Amat’s “Guitarra española” appeared in Early Music, Vol. 6 no. 3 July 1978.


This was included in Classical Guitar in 1984/1988. It is a bit out of date insofar as it was written before the discovery of “Cifras selectas” in Chile but most of it is still relevant today.

Grabar a Murcia from Hispanica Lyra no 19

This is a brief survey in Spanish of recordings of Murcia’s music included in Hispanica Lyra – the journal of the Sociedad de la Vihuela.


In September 1999 the Lute Society held a meeting focusing on plucked strings as continuo instruments. This is a write-up of a paper I contributed on the role of the 5-course guitar in this context. It was included, along with the other contributions, in Lute News no. 52, December 1999.

The Dolmetsch Foundation’s journal “Consort” is published annually. It is not so widely circulated as other journals covering “early music” but includes useful  articles on a variety of subjects including these three which are by me! 


This was included in Consort Vol. 61, Summer, 2005. It is a study of the manuscript belonging to the Conservatoire Royale de Musique in Liège –  B-Lc Ms.245 which was copied by Jean Baptiste de Castillion in about 1706. It includes music by Corbetta not found in his surviving printed books.


This was included in Consort Vol. 66, Summer 2010. It is a study of  the manuscript of music for five-course guitar known as erroneously as “Princess Anne’s Lutebook” – NL-DHnmi Ms. Kluis D1 which belonged to Princess Anne, the younger daughter of James II.  She succeeded to the throne as Queen Anne in 1702. The article also discusses other contemporary English sources of guitar music.


This was included in Consort Vol. 72, Summer, 2016. It is an introduction to early seventeenth-century songs which include alfabeto notation for five-course guitar and discusses some of the problems associated with performing the music.

These three short articles appeared in Lute Society of America Quarterly.


This appeared in LSA Quarterly vol.36, no. 2, May 2001. It is a study of the manuscript B-Bc Ms.S5.615 copied by the Flemish cleric Jean Baptiste de Castillion in 1629. It includes a section of music by Francois LeCocq and a section of music by earlier guitarist composers including Francisco Corbetta.


This appeared included in LSA Quarterly vol. 41, no. 3, September 2006. It is a brief study of the manuscript B-Lc Ms.245 copied by Jean Baptiste de Castillion in about 1706 which includes music by Corbetta not found in his surviving printed books.


This appeared in LSA Quarterly vol. 46 no. 1, Spring 2011. It is a brief study of Sanseverino’s  little known alfabeto songbook – El segundo libro de los ayres printed in Milan in 1616 and includes a playing edition of the Spanish ayre Desdeñado soy d’Amor.

Useful but hard-to-get Articles by Other Writers


This was included in the little known Spanish journal Revista Ilustrada Jorba, no. 186, March 1925. It summarizes the biographical information about Amat uncovered by  D. José Vilar, secretary of the Municipal of Monistrol and originally published in 1918.