17 with the text underlaid to the tablature
(though still without the melody); this copy is struck through several times, and the piece appears again on f.
In his first four volumes, Romano presented only a very small percentage of texts with tablature
(27 poems in all); yet he derived eight of these tablatures
directly from Berti's songs, and four others directly from Carlo Milanuzzi's Primo scherzo delle ariose vaghezze (Venice: Bartolomeo Magni, 1622).
And this [playing in accordance with the composer's intentions] could not be brought about otherwise, or more easily, than by this device of numbers or figures, by means of which any little boy, even if he has familiarized himself with them only a little, will play the music just as correctly and without discord as if he were playing from a complete Tablature
Dirksen includes an impressive bibliography, though the study would have been even more thorough had the author been familiar with three recent dissertations from Oxford University: Robert Judd included important material on the Liber Fratrum cruciferorum leodiensium and the Turin tablatures
in his Notational formats at the keyboard (1988); Martin Souter investigated keyboard intabulation in his Sixteenth-century intabulation procedures and their relationship to the formation and understanding of Sweelinck's keyboard style (1990); and my own thesis, The instrumental music of Peter Philips (1994), contains information about many sources that include music by both Sweelinck and Philips.
One innovation not found in earlier volumes in the Corpus series is the abandonment of bar-lines in the study score and vocal part, although regular vertical divisions are indicated in the original tablature
4] The lute-poem flourished among the poets of the so-called Pleiade group and also among those who lived in Lyons, which was a prosperous center of lutherie and a hub for the printing and diffusion of Italian lute tablatures
in the middle third of the century.
An aspect of the production of this series which has improved dramatically is the typeface--in this volume it is the clearest yet, for both the mensural notation and the tablature
But perhaps Kapsberger was striving to say as much as he could about how the music should actually be performed: tablature
notation owes no allegiance to the `rules' of music; it is a purely practical device for imparting performance information.
And did Strizich regard a particular edition or state of the engraved tablature
plates as authoritative?
Basic information, necessary to the performer is presented - selection of strings, tuning, and facts about the notation which is a form of lute tablature
usually called Spanish lute tablature
but which is known only in Milan's book.