He is also notable for being the earliest composer for vihuela to adapt the contemporary Italian style of lute music. He was born in Granada and the earliest surviving references to him indicate that as early as he was a member of the household of Francisco de los Cobos y Molina , a well-known and very successful patron of the arts who was the Secretary of State and commentator for the kingdom of Castile under Charles V. The collection begins with a preface, in which the composer dedicates the work to his patron Francisco de los Cobos. The first two volumes contain fourteen polyphonic fantasias, modelled after Italian pieces of the same kind. They are characterized by smooth, competent imitative writing in two and three voices. The second of the two songs is wrongly attributed to Gombert, it is a work of Jean Courtois.

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His surviving output was small and almost all of it was written for the vihuela. Today his works are generally performed on the guitar or lute. Virtually nothing is known of his early years, though it is likely he was raised in affluent circumstances and received a good education. From around that time he lived in the northwestern Spanish city of Vallodolid until , the year of Cobos' death.

All the works in the book were scored for solo vihuela and feature variation sets, fantasy pieces, and arrangements of works by other composers Josquin , Richafort , and Gombert. Moreover, his was the first musical publication containing tempo indications. It seems likely that he died sometime in the early s. AllMusic relies heavily on JavaScript. Please enable JavaScript in your browser to use the site fully.

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Luis [Luys] de Narvaez (fl.1526-49)

Look inside Descriptive leaflet pdf. Vihuela music - Guitar solo hh Return to home page. W hile the Renaissance lute was played in most parts of Europe, it was the vihuela de mano that the 16th-century Spanish aristocracy preferred, the small guitarra being consigned to the hands of people of lower rank.


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