Queen Seonaid's Bransle

I composed this piece for Queen Seonaid during my tenure as Royal Bard of Atlantia.  Queen Seonaid was the first of three Atlantian Queens that I served as Royal Bard, and I will always remember being called into Court at Twelfth Night when I was selected as Royal Bard, and Her leading the vivat's for the "new Royal Bard."  I think that was the moment that I decided I should write Her a renaissance guitar piece!  This bransle is for the four-course (renaissance) guitar, and is written in the Dorian mode with a Picardy third resolution (as is seen in a number of late period renaissance guitar compositions).  The piece is influenced by Adrian Le Roy's Bransle de Champaigne (1552) for the renaissance guitar (see my transcriptions page for facsimile copies of the original Le Roy bransle as well as my transcription to modern notation).   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 Seonaid'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).  

Johann von Solothurn

Barony of Black Diamond

email/contact Johann here