Well - I feel I am between the devil and the deep blue sea here.

   Gary Boye has transcribed all the music into staff notation and I
   looked through this.   I also discussed it with him and he was
   surprised at the idea that the basses might be high.

   I didn't want to commit myself too much with Granata until I have had
   time to make my own transcriptions - which is very time consuming.  I
   was more concerned to sort out Gallot first and I may make some
   revisions later.

   I do think that we need to be cautious about the way we interpret
   illustrations.   They are not intended to show the instruments in
   accurate detail.   The Rabel drawings in particular don't seem to me to
   be very reliable.


   ----- Original Message -----

   From: [1]Martyn Hodgson

   To: [2]Vihuelalist ; [3]Monica Hall

   Sent: Friday, August 28, 2009 9:15 AM

   Subject: Re: [VIHUELA] Guitarre theorbee or rather Chittarra atiorbata

   Thank you Monica.

   As you'll know from our earlier exchanges, I agree with the conclusions
   about the guitarre theorbee. However there are a couple of significant
   points about the chitarra atiorbata which you seem to have overlooked
   or ignored and which point to a rather different conclusion than you
   (that these instruments had the basses at the low octave):

   1. A duplicated bass G is not an objection to the high tuning of the
   basses - Granata might have simply wished to have a continuous run of
   free basses. For example to allow a fast run on them without having to
   play the G away from the these basses and so interrupt the thumb's
   stroke. Indeed, a good example of this is in the opening Preludio Bar 1
   ie 12 11 X 9 8 7 6 0.....

   2. The engraved depictions do not show the bass extensions 'slightly
   less' than a theorbos - they are considerably and significantly less! -
   this has a real bearing on the sound the basses make. Further, to
   suggest that this particular feature has been incorrectly represented
   by the engraver and can therefore be ignored is, I think, working
   backwards from a presumed conclusion (ie that the basses were at the
   low octave and thus needed to be longer than illustrated) rather than
   taking the important evidence at its face value.


   --- On Thu, 27/8/09, Monica Hall <mjlh...@tiscali.co.uk> wrote:

     From: Monica Hall <mjlh...@tiscali.co.uk>
     Subject: [VIHUELA] Guitarre theorbee
     To: "Vihuelalist" <vihuela@cs.dartmouth.edu>
     Date: Thursday, 27 August, 2009, 4:59 PM

      Just to let you all know that the final version of my thoughts on
      subject of the Guitarre theorbee is now on my own web page -
      It includes a staff notation transcription of all twelve pieces from
      the Gallot manuscript.
      1. [4]http://www.monicahall.co.uk/
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