Music for the Baroque Guitar

by Dr. Gary R. Boye


There were two main styles of guitar music from the period between 1600 and 1750:

1. The Rasgueado Style--with mostly strummed chords

2. The Mixed Style--with a mixture of strummed chords and individually plucked notes

The former style is of mostly historical interest; the mixed style contains works more suitable for modern performers. Follow the links above for more thorough discussion of these styles and a detailed listing of guitar tablatures using them.

Vermeer's "The Guitar Player"

Here is a complete chronological list to the published books linked separately above:

Montesardo 1606
[Pico 1608]
[anonymous 1618]
Colonna 1620a
Colonna 1620b
Sanseverino 1620
Milanuzzi 1622
Sanseverino 1622
Colonna 1623
Milanuzzi 1623
Milanuzzi 1625
Briçeño 1626
Amat 1626
Abatessa 1627
Amat 1627
Colonna 1627
Costanzo 1627
Millioni 1627a
Millioni 1627b
Millioni 1627c
[Pico 1628]
Foscarini 1629
Foscarini c1630
Millioni 1631
Foscarini c1632
Abatessa 1635
Millioni 1635a
Millioni 1635b
Mersenne 1636

Millioni 1636
Monte c1636
Abatessa 1637
Colonna 1637
Millioni/Monte 1637
Sfondrino 1637
Corbetta 1639
Trombetti 1639a

Trombetti 1639b
Bartolotti 1640
Carbonchi 1640
Foscarini 1640
Foscarini c1640
Millioni/Monte c1640
Carbonchi 1643
Corbetta 1643
Millioni/Monte 1644
Calvi 1646

Granata 1646
Valdambrini 1646
Valdambrini 1647
Millioni/Monte 1647
anonymous 1648
Corbetta 1648
Pesori 1648
Pesori c1648

Mersenne 1648
Abatessa c1650
Granata 1650
Pellegrini 1650
Granata 1651
Abatessa 1652
Millioni/Monte 1652
Banfi 1653
Bartolotti c1655
Marini 1655
Granata 1659

Marchetti 1660
Pesori c1660a
Pesori c1660b
Millioni 1661

Bottazzari 1663
Martin 1663
Marchetti c1665
Millioni/Monte 1666
Coriandoli 1670
Carré 1671
Corbetta 1671
Millioni/Monte 1673a
Millioni/Monte 1673b
Asioli 1674
Corbetta 1674
Granata 1674
Sanz 1674

Pesori c1675
Asioli 1676
Ribayaz 1677
Ricci 1677
Anonymous 1678
Millioni/Monte 1678
Grénerin 1680
Granata 1680
Matteis 1682
Granata 1684
Millioni/Monte 1684
Visée 1686
Kremberg 1689
Roncalli 1692
Derosier c1696
Nivers 1696
Sanz 1697
Michele 1698
Pico 16[9]8
Derosier 1699

Millioni/Monte 1737

 

Most of the information on this Web site was compiled during my research in Italy under a Fulbright Scholarship in 1991-1992. The information contained here is primary research; the result of my visits to over two dozen libraries in Italy, France, and Great Britain where I studied over 100 examples of printed guitar tablatures. My doctoral dissertation, "Giovanni Battista Granata and the Development of Printed Guitar Music in Seventeenth-Century Italy" (Duke University, 1995), resulted from this research.

NEW! I've started an additional list, incorporating manuscripts and printed sources up to 1800. See:

Tablatures for the Lute, Guitar, and Vihuela (1470-1799)