From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. He wrote some of the most innovative and outstanding lute music of the time and was noted for a virtuoso style with well-chosen ornamentations and wrote attractive, lively dance music, as well as songs. He wrote a Sinfonie a quattro with orchestra and a solo group of violin, cornet, lute, chittarone, harp, kzpsberger harpsichord, contrasting their solo sonorities against each other and the orchestral group most inventively. He had close contacts with the orders of St.

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Back to index of guitar tablature pages by Donald Sauter. The first one, "Toccata Arpeggiata" for chitarrone, is just a series of chords that the performer is supposed to arpeggiate however he likes.

I thought it was pretty neat. I also thought it was pretty hard, the way it stacked up small intervals. But a blindly struck guitar gives you fourths, on the average.

It takes a real effort to stack up seconds and thirds! In order to wring out some of those tightly-packed 3-note chords in the treble, it was necessary to finger them in higher positions. In some cases, that put the required bass note out of reach. By lowering the 6th string, its notes are shifted higher up the fingerboard, thereby putting them back in reach.

It occurred to me that a better way to go might be to lower the 1st string to D - sort of "collapsing" it in on its closest neighbors. You might have to be a little bit more on your toes right-hand-wise since there are more instances where the treble notes are not on 3 adjacent strings, but that makes the piece a good right-hand exercise being stoic about it.

Should be easier! The chitarrone was a theorboized lute, meaning it had long bass strings off the fingerboard. The top 6 courses were tuned like the Renaissance lute, which guitarists are quite familiar with, except that the highest two courses were tuned down an octave.

Kapsberger wrote the earliest and highest quality solo music for chitarrone. He was active when the Renaissance era was transitioning into the Baroque. See my page on guitar fingering notation. You just follow the numbers, and your fingers will play the 1st string notes 2 frets higher. Also, I present this piece as evidence supporting my claim that we ought to consider customizing the tuning for any given guitar composition or transcription in order to make it as easy as possible to play - maybe even putting a computer to work to figure out this "best" tuning.

Visit my pages on "Alternate tunings" and "Computers and arranging for guitar. Also see my Francois Campion page, with guitar pieces in a variety of altered tunings. Click here for general comments on the modern tablature , including some tips on printing it out perfectly.


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Spreadsheet This is an Excel spreadsheet with a comprehensive list of all the fronimo files on the website. It should reflect the approximate current state of the data. It also contains hyperlinks to fronimo, midi, and pdf files for each entry. For each piece listed, it has 26 fields that contain other data, such as key, type of piece, instrumentation, source, and difficulty. If you can read this file, that is probably the easiest way of finding things. In addition, the following links may be helpful: This is a list of other websites with related information. There may be some broken links resulting from these changes, which I hope to fix soon.


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