Queen Esa's Bransle

I composed this piece for Queen Esa during my tenure as Royal Bard of Atlantia.  Queen Esa was the second of three Atlantian Queens that I served as Royal Bard. This piece is an upbeat bransle for the four-course (renaissance) guitar, and is influenced by the clean, joyful melodies often employed by the mid-1500s french guitarists.  The piece incorporates the semi-polyphonic style of the late period guitarists, and maintains 3 separate parts throughout most of the piece.  The beginning of the B section is heavily influenced by a passage in Adrian Le Roy's Fantasie Seconde (that same piece, and others, by Adrian Le Roy appears to have heavily influenced some of John Dowland's compositions as well!).  The piece is in an AABB form with 8 measures per section, which is common among the bransles by the mid-1500s guitar and lute composers.

Staff notation and modern guitar tablature of Queen Esa's Bransle, by Johann von Solothurn

Johann von Solothurn

Johann is a bard and Court Musician in the Kingdom of Atlantia.  Johann enjoys sharing his art.  If you would like Johann to assist you in organizing or judging bardic/music competitions, teaching classes, or if you would like him to drop by your camp and perform, just send him a note (email below).  

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