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Courante (Robert Ballard)

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Uploaded on Dec 2, 2007

"Courante"
Music by Robert Ballard (c1575 - 1649)
Original for lute
According to Grove's Online, Robert Ballard was a lutenist and composer in the French court and the personal lute instructor of the young Louis XIII.

This is one incredibly strange piece of music (my words; not Groves). The uneven phrase lengths, hemiolas, syncopations and unusually modern-sounding (to me) harmonic interludes just blow my mind. Surely Ballard had turned on the alternating courante full blast for this one.

Thing is, however, I might be playing this ALL wrong. I have no recorded versions to reference and inform and inspire. Those of you who've studied this kind of thing will know what I mean when I tell you that French baroque and renaissance music is not to be played like ANY OTHER MUSIC you ever heard. :D
Truly a style apart.

So anyhow this is my stab at it.

I got this from the great John Renbourn book entitled "Mel Bay's Complete Anthology of Medieval & Renaissance Music for Guitar". Apparently this book is no longer in print, but you should be able to find used copies or a copy still available at finer music shops. (wow, I sound like an advert)

Oh, and I'll remember to shave next time.

Taylor NS54-CE, hybrid classical

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