I composed this piece for Queen Alyna of Atlantia. The piece is 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). The beginning of the piece is rhythmically styled after the first few measures of King William's Pavan, in an effort to link these two pieces, at least in my mind (it seemed the appropriate thing to do, as Alyna is Queen of Atlantia during King William's second reign). Otherwise, the piece is 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 Pavane, 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 the Pavane and its diminuee, click the video below. Staff notation of Queen Alyna's Pavane is also included below. To hear the galliard that completes this pair (or download staff notation), click here for Queen Alyna's Galliard.
Queen Alyna's Pavane (guitar solo)
Music by Johann von Solothurn (for renaissance guitar)
Staff notation and modern guitar tablature of Queen Alyna's Pavane, by Johann von Solothurn