Guillaume Morlaye - Premier Livre (1552)

Guillaume Morlay was a French composer for the lute and renaissance guitar.  Morlaye was also a music publisher, and three of his books for renaissance guitar survive today.  Morlaye's books were printed in a series, along with the guitar book by Simon Gorlier.  The extant copy of Morlaye's Premier Livre de chansons, gaillardes, pavannes, bransles, almandes, fantaisies, reduitz en tabulature de Guiterne was published in Paris in 1552.  It is possible that this is a reprint, since the third book of the series (Gorlier's Troisieme [3rd] book) was published in 1551.  So an earlier date for Premier Livre is possible.  The book contains renaissance guitar instrumental music, including various dance music and Morlaye's guitar settings of chansons.  The music printed in Morlaye's book is in French Tablature.


Cover page of Morlaye's Premier Livre (1552)

Allemande #1 - Guillaume Morlaye (1552)

Click on the player above to hear the first of the two Allemandes (Almans) from Morlaye's Premier Livre.  This recording is from my SCA guitar album (Whilst My Guitarra Weepeth Gently) - you can check out the entire album on Bandcamp.

Facsimile of the first Allemande from Morlaye's Premier Livre (1552).  The piece is in an AABB form (two repeated sections), with an 8-measure A section, and 6-measure B section.

Allemande #2 - Guillaume Morlaye (1552)

Facsimile of the second Allemande from Premier Livre (1552).  This is the final piece in the book.  Like Allemande #1, the piece is in an AABB form (2 repeated sections), but in this piece, both the A section and B section consist of 6-measures.

Transcription of Morlaye's Allemande #2

Transcription of Morlaye's Allemande #2 to staff notation and modern guitar tablature, by Johann von Solothurn.

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