The Baroque Guitar Made Simple!

A substantial quantity of music for the 5-course baroque guitar was printed throughout the seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries and an unquantifiable amount also survives in manuscript. Many of these sources include introductions which provide
details about the instrument, the music and the way it is notated. However as almost all of them are not of English provenance, and not therefore written in English, much of this information is overlooked or misunderstood – at least in the English speaking world.

The purpose of this study is to trace the development of some of the features of baroque guitar music and its notation which are peculiar to the instrument, with English translations of information and musical examples from contemporary sources; and to
suggest solutions to some of the problems which these present. It is divided into the following sections.

1.Introduction

2.Alfabeto

3. Girolamo Montesardo

4. Giovanni Amrosio Colonna

5. Benedetto Sanseverino

6. Pietro Millioni

7. Alfabeto Songs

Separate studies deal with Foscarini and Bartolotti .