I composed this piece for Queen Alyna of Atlantia, as part of a pavan/galliard pair. In the period renaissance guitar and lute literature, pavans and galliards are often (but not always) paired, such that the subsequent galliard melody is based on the melody of the preceding pavan (e.g. there are a number of pavan/galliard pairs in Adrian Le Roy's guitar books from the 1550s). Queen Alyna's Galliard is based on the melody of Queen Alyna's Pavane. Both pieces are inspired by the renaissance guitar music of Adrian Le Roy and Guillaume Morlaye. The piece is written in E Dorian, with 8-measure A and B sections (each repeated), and incorporates the semi-polyphonic style of the mid-1500s French guitarists. I also composed a diminuee (diminution, or an ornamental variation) of the Galliard, in the style of Adrian Le Roy. Some of Le Roy's most impressive music is contained in the diminuee to his various compositions. To hear Queen Alyna's Galliard and its diminuee, click the video below. Staff notation of Queen Alyna's Galliard is also included below. To hear the pavan that completes this pair (or download staff notation), click here for Queen Alyna's Pavane.
Queen Alyna's Galliard (guitar solo)
Music by Johann von Solothurn (for renaissance guitar)
Staff notation and modern guitar tablature of Queen Alyna's Galliard, by Johann von Solothurn