Stream Mudarra, A.: 3 Libros De Musica by Pierre Pitzl and 50 million more songs on all your devices with Amazon Music Unlimited. New subscribers only. Alonso Mudarra (c. – April 1, ) was a Spanish composer of the Renaissance, and Title page of Mudarra’s Tres libros de música en cifra para vihuela (Seville, ). Mudarra wrote numerous pieces for the vihuela and the. TRES LIBROS DE MUSICA EN CIFRA PARA VIHUELA:(SEVILLA, ). by MUDARRA, Alonso. and a great selection of related books, art and collectibles.

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Alonso Mudarra: Tres Libros de Música, Sevilla 1546

Mudarra was also a priest canon of the cathedral of Seville. The vihuela and guitar music in Tres Libros is written in Italian Tablature.

Mudarra indicates tunings for the renaissance guitar in his book, at the top of each page. Temple Nuevos “new tuning” uses the same set of tuning intervals as the 1st 4 strings of the modern guitar. Temple Viejos “old tuning” is identical to the new tuning, except the 4th course lbros to the 4th alonsi of the modern guitar is tuned one whole step lower muearra is, to play the “old tuning,” a modern guitar would require the 4th string to be tuned to “C” rather than “D”.


All but one of Mudarra’s guitar pieces use the “new tuning” and can therefore be played on the modern instrument with no retuning required the first guitar Fantasia in Tres Libros is the only piece that requires the “old tuning”.

Alonso Mudarra; vihuela tablature; Tres Libros.

Click on the player above to hear Mudarra’s Fantasia X demo recording from yours truly. This is Mudarra’s most famous composition.

I’m rather fond of it myself. Facsimile of the first two pages of Mudarra’s Fantasia X the pieces takes up 5 pages in all. The tuning intervals required for Mudarra’s vihuela music is the same as the lute.

To play this piece on the modern guitar, the 3rd string should be tuned to For otherwise, the F needs to be played on the 4th string of the guitar.

Facsimile of a Pavan for the renaissance alpnso, from Mudarra’s Tres Libros. Note the top of the page, where Mudarra indicates the tuning required for this piece is Temple Nuevos “new tuning”. This piece, like the vast majority of the period guitar music, can be played on the modern guitar without retuning the instrument. Transcription of Mudarra’s Pavana for renaissance guitar to staff notation and modern guitar tablature, by Johann von Solothurn.


Alonso Mudarra – Tres Libros Fantasia X for Vihuela – Alonso Mudarra Pavana for 4-Course Guitar – Alonso Mudarra Transcription of Mudarra’s Pavana for 4-course guitar. Back to Music, Transcriptions and Composers Page 2.