There appears to be no contemporaneous evidence of precisely how Diesel
strung his guitar. From consideration of the music, voice leading,
period of composition etc, I believe Diesel used a mandora like
stringing - ie octaves on the fourth and fifths but with the low bass
on the thumb side (ie not as earlier forms of 5 course guitar where the
lowest string of the fourth (and sometimes fifth) course is the upper
Some further justification for this arrangement of basses is given by a
slightly earlier MS CZ -Brn MsD189 (c. 1730) which gives the tuning
for the Callezono (gallichon aka mandora) and contains music for viola
da gamba (I think) in staff notation and later (f.48) a page headed
'Fundamenta Chytarra' and on its reverse a tuning table headed '
Accordo Chytarra et Mandora'. Much of the music is for 5 course with
just the occasional sixth course tuned just a tone lower than the fifth
(ie as also used by Scheidler for his guitar sonatas at the end of the
century and for much mandora music)
From: WALSH STUART <s.wa...@ntlworld.com>
To: Eduard Agullo <eduagu...@hotmail.com>; Vihuela List
Sent: Thursday, 13 October 2016, 11:46
Subject: [VIHUELA] Re: Diesel
> The Royal Library of Copenhagen has made available finally this
> known repertoire:
> En Samling Tabulaturer for Guitar, mest af Nathanael ...
> En Samling Tabulaturer for Guitar, mest af Nathanael Diesel (GKS
> Let us hope that Diesel will be more appreciated and performed now
> Eduard V. AgullÃ Â³
Lots of music! (But not guitar music in 5 and 6).
What is the most likely stringing arrangement for this guitar music?
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