The last great English Lute Manuscript

Herbert of Cherbury’s Lute Manuscript, 1624-1640
 Facsimile of MU.MS.689, Cambridge, Fitzwilliam Museum
Introduction with Index and Concordances by Francois-Pierre Goy, Craig Hartley and John H. Robinson

Herbert of Cherbury's Lute Manuscript

The Lute Society Facsimiles, 8
Guildford, 2019. 25 x 34 cm, 2 volumes,
180 pp.

Color facsimile. The last great English lute manuscript, compiled c.1616-1640, with 242 of the highest quality pieces for lutes from 6 to 10 courses, by French, English and Italian composers including Gaultier, Bacheler, Despont, Perrichon, Saman, Robert Johnson, Dowland and some of Lord Herbert's own compositions (he records that he learned to play the lute at an early age). By the 1620s, when this book may have been started, the Golden Age of the lute in England was over. The mixture of old English and newer French pieces found here may well reflect Lord Herbert's years in Paris as ambassador. In 1624, dismissed from his post, he came back to England, where he had time for more intellectual pursuits. Wrappers. $124


Edward, 1st Lord Herbert of Cherbury (?1582-1648)

Lord Herbert of Cherbury

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