Méthode de Luth Baroque. Guide pratique pour le luthiste débutant et avancé

Méthode de Luth Baroque. Guide pratique pour le luthiste débutant et avancé

Miguel Serdoura (1973) • Baroque lute • French Tablature

Los seys libros del Delphin, Valladolid 1538

Los seys libros del Delphin, Valladolid 1538

Luys de Narváez (c.1505-1552) • Vihuela • Italian & French tablature

L'Enchanteresse et autres pièces transposées au luth baroque | 17th and 18th centuries

Marais - Forqueray - Chambonnières - Couperin - D'Anglebert • Baroque lute • French tablature

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• Author(s): Marais - Forqueray - Chambonnières - Couperin - D'Anglebert - Geoffroy - La Barre - Hardel
• Title: L'Enchanteresse et autres pièces transposées au luth baroque
• Sub-title: Lute transcriptions by Claire Antonini
• Year of edition: 17th and 18th Century


This collection is a compilation of transcriptions for baroque lute by seventeenth-century French composers, harpsichordists and viol players. Although the repertoire for 11-course baroque lute is abundant, rich and magnificent, it sometimes occurs on our musical pathway that we are particularly drawn to certain works composed for another instrument or, in listening to one of these works, we think: “Ah, this would sound beautiful on the lute!”.

It is my interest in this parallel repertoire to the lute which has inspired this series of transcriptions. In realizing that I would need several lifetimes to play all the music I particularly loved on the original instrument, I decided to adapt them for the lute: Marin Marais’s “Les Voix Humaines”, Louis Couperin’s “Fantaisie pour Violes” and the D minor Chaconne were the first.

Then I had an idea in the back of my head to adapt other pieces in order to create a small repertoire. So I started to note the “pearls” when I worked with my harpsichordist and violist friends. It seemed, that in so doing, that I was following the tradition which effectively existed in the seventeenth century: namely, the many transcriptions of fashionable lute airs and opera extracts found in the Milleran manuscript; the magnificent transcriptions for lute and theorbo by Robert de Visée; François Couperin’s “Les Sylvains”; Jean-Baptiste Lully’s “L’Entrée d’Apollon”...

The musical language of the viol and harpsichord pieces is similar to that of the lute. Each instrument, however, has its own identity so that any adaptation should remain both faithful to the original, as well as take into account the characteristics of the new instrument for which it is intended. Given that the range of the harpsichord is much wider than the lute and the manner of performance more fluent and dense, the lute transcription needs to be more delicate, requiring changes of octave and, at times, simplifications.

But even when adapting a piece to the best of the lute’s potential, it still may appear difficult to perform: witness for instance the pieces by Couperin, Geoffroy and d’Anglebert... Therefore, I would suggest that the player start by examining the De la Barre harpsichord pieces, because their composition is very close to the lute style (style brisée, two voices with a suggested third voice...). Moreover, transcriptions of works by this composer are found in the Vaudry de Saizenay manuscript.

In regard to the viol pieces, it is sometimes impossible to perform on the lute the very rapid ornaments played by a single bow stroke. These have been notated in smaller letters in the tablature and are to be played using left hand slurs and ties.

In order to better understand the subtleties specific to the harpsichord and the viol, I would encourage any reader who does not know these pieces to listen to them in their original version. In this way, the spirit of the music can be best appreciated, as well as the differences of technique peculiar to each instrument. These transcriptions are a personal suggestion and, of course, everyone is free to adapt or to change them, according to their taste and their possibilities.

© 2021 Claire Antonini |  Le Luth Doré ®

Marin Marais (1656-1728)
Les voix humaines
La rêveuse
Tombeau pour M. de Sainte-Colombe
Sarabande La désolée
Antoine Forqueray (1672-1745)
La Cottin
Le Carillon de Passy
La Du Vaucel
François Couperin (1668-1733)
Le Dodo ou L’amour au berceau, Rondeau
Air tendre
Menuet et Double
Louis Couperin (1626-1661)
Fantaisie pour violes

Jean-Henry d’Anglebert (1628-1691)
Chaconne en Rondeau
Jacques Champion de Chambonnières (c.1601/2-1672)
Jeunes Zephirs, Sarabande
Sarabande de Mr de Chambonnières
Jean-Nicolas Geoffroy (c.1633-1694)
Pierre De La Barre (1592-1656)
Jacques Hardel (c.1643-1678) | Louis Couperin (1626-1661)
Gavotte d’Ardelle
Double de la Gavotte d’Ardelle par Louis Couperin

• Editor(s): Claire Antonini
• Lute transcriptions: Claire Antonini
• Tablature typography: Jean-Daniel Forget
• Music period: Baroque
• Instrument(s): 11c/13c Baroque lute
• Instrumentation: Baroque lute solo
• Notation: French tablature
• Modern edition: Le Luth Doré ®
• Publisher: Le Luth Doré Urtext Editions
• Year of publication: 2019
• Collection: Lute and Theorbo Music Collection

• Pages: pp. 88
• Dimensions: 230x310 mm
• Weight: 0,320g
• Binding: Section sewn glue binding
• ISMN: 377-0-0017-8837-1

Claire Antonini

Claire Antonini, lutenist graduate of the Conservatoire Supérieur de Lyon, is considered as one of the specialists of 17th century French lute music – a music to which she has already devoted three records: “Les Luthistes Français au XVIIe siècle” edited by the Société Française de Luth; “Manuscrit Vaudry de Saizenay” edited by AS Production and praised by the critics (Choc Classica and five Diapasons); “Les Accords Nouveaux, Pierre Ballard 1638” CA Production.

Apart from French music, which is her favorite field of activity, she has also recorded the “Œuvres pour Luth” de J.S. Bach with AS Production (4 stars Classica).
She performs regularly as a soloist in France and abroad: La Chabotterie; Le Centre de Musique Baroque de Versailles; La Cité de la Musique; Festival “Musique et Mémoire”; Lute Society…

She also pursues her career as a basso-continuist, having accompanied the greatest singers and performers such as: Philippe Jaroussky with the Ensemble Artaserse; Patricia Petibon with the Ensemble “Amarillis”; Monique Zanetti, Isabelle Poulenard and Marianne Muller with the Ensemble “Spirale” …

She plays often with various baroque orchestras: “Le Concert d’Astrée”, “Le Concert Spirituel”, “La Grande Écurie et la Chambre du Roy”.

In addition, she has studied traditional Persian music with the maestro Dariush Talaï and she performs regularly with a Persian music ensemble. Her skills, both in early music and traditional music have led her to explore other musical spheres with, inter alia, Renaud Garcia-Fons with whom she has recorded several albums and taken part in many concerts.

She has been awarded the Diplôme d’État as Professor of Traditional Music as well as the Certificat d’Aptitude in the post of Professor of Early Music. For many years, she has continued her teaching activities in several conservatories of music.

Jean-Daniel Forget
Computer Scientist, Lutenist

Passionate about the baroque era, Jean-Daniel Forget is a self-taught lutenist. In order to play the forgotten (lute) works of the 17th and 18th centuries, he has copied (and studied) their manuscripts for almost 20 years.

A long career as a computer scientist, having made him expert in programming, allowed him to utilize the normal logic of writing music, especially that which transcribes tablature for instruments with fretted strings.

In collaboration with Guy Grangereau. he has posted his tablatures on a public internet site that is frequented by many lutenists and guitarists.

Forget was enlisted by Miguel Serdoura to help prepare the musical examples for his fine Method of the Baroque Lute. Further on, he continues to assist Serdoura in the preparation of his (lute) editions.

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