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Lute Music With Polish Connections Around 1600

Michal Gondko (renaissance lute)


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In addition to the works attributed to the lutenists active at the Royal Polish court in the late sixteenth century, there is a substantial repertoire of compositions identified as ‘Polish dances’ or ‘Polish songs’ which have been preserved in numerous sources of late Renaissance lute music. Characterized by an irresistible melodic charm and a straightforward harmonic and rhythmical texture, such musical polonica spread across Europe, achieving what might have been the widest distribution of musical ‘Polishness’ before Chopin. Four hundred years later, Polish lutenist Michal Gondko sets out to trace polonica in lute tablatures from around 1600, and presents a selection of forty compositions, many of which have not been previously recorded.

Anonymous: Długoraj Lute Book

Eiusdem nationis

Chorea polonica

Eiusdem authoris

Cantio polonica

Anonymous: Tabulatura

Polnischer Tantz No. 1

Polnischer Tantz No. 33

Polnischer Tantz No. 10

Polnischer Tantz No. 19

Polnischer Tantz No. 13

Długoraj Lute Book


Villanella polonica

Wojciech Długoraj: Thesaurus harmonicus

Finale Alberti Dlugoraj

Długoraj Lute Book

Choreo polonica

Chorea polonica

Chorea polonica


Anonymous: Arpinus Lute Book

Polskey tanecz welmy pekney

Anonymous: Fabricius Lute Book

Polnisch tantz

Anonymous: Ein Polnischer Tantz

Ein Polnischer Tantz

Diomedes Cato: Thesaurus harmonicus

Praeludium Diomedis

Diomedes Cato: Chilesotti Lute Book

Gallarda di Diomede

Anonymous: Chilesotti Lute Book

Danza [Bassano di Grappa: ca.1600]

Kasper Sielicki: Genova MS M.VIII.24

Caspari poloni Gagliarda

Wojciech Długoraj: Thesaurus harmonicus

Fantasia Alberti Dlugorai Poloni

Anonymous: The First Part of Ayres "Captain Hume's Musicall Humors"

No. 16. A Polish Vilanell

No. 15. A Polish Ayre

Anonymous: Il secondo libro de intavolatura di liuto

Libro de intavolatura, Book 2: Ballo polaco

Anonymous: Wurstisen Lute Book

Mowi na mie sasiada

Anonymous: Nauerclerus Lute Book

Ein polnischer Tantz

Anonymous: Secretum musarum I

Autre taned Spolski

Le secret des Muses: Chancon a la Polonnoise Susannesco

Anonymous: MS Danzig 4022

Balletto Polacho [Berlin, f. 20v]

Balletto Polacho [Berlin, f. 28v]

Balletto Polacho [Berlin, f. 29v]

Balletto Polacho [Berlin, f. 30v]

Balletto Polacho [Berlin, f. 32r]

Anonymous: Florilegium


Anonymous: Haslemere MS II.B.1

Taned spolski

Jakub Reys: Novus partus

Galliarda eiusdem authoris

Jakub Reys: Thesaurus harmonicus

Fantasia Jacob Reys

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