Viol Consorts

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Two pleasant madrigalesque fantasies from the 17th century, originally found in British Library mss. Intermediate level consorts for TrTrT viols. Good fun. 3 scores.

 

Four pieces for TrTrTB viols featuring Byrd's Ave verum corpus and Ego sum panis vivus, Merulo's L'amorosa ero and an arrangement of a keyboard work by Sweelinck: Mein junges Leben hat ein End'. The last work is fairly virtuosic, but the others are not so difficult. Text given for the top line of the works of vocal origin, so could be performed with a singer and viols. Score and parts.

 

These two early fantasies probably date from around 1620, and are scored for TrTrTTB viols and organ. The organ is an independent part. Score and parts, with full critical commentary. Gorgeous slow pieces with wonderful harmonies.

 

These two madrigals: Vezzosi augelli and L'amorosa ero are scored for TrTrTB viols, and come complete with text so the top part could be sung with viols. Score and parts. Very pretty music by a master composer. An alternative tenor viol part is provided for Vezzosi augelli to make it TrTTB.

 

This great three part piece is presented here in the ultimate flexible edition. The original TrTB scoring, plus an alternative part so you can play TTB, and a transposition allowing 3 bass viols to play it. Score and parts, plus critical commentary.

 

A fantastic madrigal, arranged for TrTrTB viols. Full text provided, with score and parts. Gorgeous harmonies, and not too difficult. Could be performed with a singer and viols.

 

Two pieces arranged for four viols: TrTBB/TrTrTB. The first is The Lord of Salisbury His Pavan, a keyboard piece, while the second is a well-known madrigal by John Bennett: Weep O mine eyes. Both quote Dowland's famous Lachrimae theme. Score and parts.

 

A Sad Paven for These Distracted Tymes (1649) was a keyboard piece written two weeks after the beheading of Charles II of England, and it is arranged here for TrTrTB/TrTTB viols. The companion piece is a funeral anthem: I heard a Voice, which comes from Tomkins' Musica deo Sacra, a posthumous publication in 1668. Score and parts

 

This is an arrangement for TrTrTTB viols of Whyte's setting of Psalm 15. It is a beautiful but melancholy work, and full text is included, allowing performance with one or more singers. Score and parts.

 

Two beautiful pieces by Handl, arr. for TrTrTB viols. Ecce quomodo is fairly homophonic and quite an easy piece. Recessit pastor noster is a little more polyphonic. Both pieces are very suitable for performance in church, perhaps between verse anthems, and could also be performed with a singer and viols. Texts included. Score and parts.

 

 

This is a (slightly) graded set of 14 very easy pieces for four viols, and includes such favourites as Coventry Carol, Es ist ein Ros, Bonny sweet Robin, La Folia, Il Spagnoletto and Martin said to his Man. Some of the later pieces in the book include a few challenges, but otherwise the part writing is very simple - four crotchets to a bar in many cases.
The presentation is four scores so that everyone can see all the parts. Excellent for use at workshops for lower intermediate groups, or for beginner viol consorts at home.

 

This collection of ten pieces for treble, tenor and bass viols includes two dances by Susato, three country dances from Playford, a wonderful Lupo fantasy and the well-known carol In Dulci Jubilo.
The presentation is three scores.

 

Also a collection of ten pieces, but these are five part works by Gervaise, de Tertre, Caruble, Playford, Dowland, Hassler, Arcadelt Hausmann and Anon. Mainly dances and folk tunes like Wolsey's Wild and Daphne, they're tuneful and fun to play. Presentation is five scores so everyone can see what's going on, and swap parts easily in workshops.

 

These two challenging fugues and sweet sarabandes are for advanced players and are suitable for concert performance. They were selected from Handel's Miscellanous Keyboard Works. There is a cheerful fugue and wistful sarabande in G major, with a sweet little C major sarabande and a highly chromatic and somewhat eccentric a minor fugue. Score and parts.

 

This is a two-part madrigal from Marenzio's 1588 collection. It is serious in nature, and while not technically difficult for viols, it is musically challenging. This edition includes the texts in each part, and is suitable for performance by 4 viols or soprano and 3 viols. Score and parts.

 

These two contrapuntal works seem to fit viols like a glove. Jesus Christus unser Heiland and Danket dem Herrn are both in g. The first is a short piece with the cantus firmus in the treble line. The second is longer, and the cantus firmus is heard in turn in all three lines. These would suit upper intermediate to advanced players, and would be good concert pieces. Score and parts. Tenor viol part in alto clef, plus alternative part in octave treble.

 

Not strictly viol consort, but of interest here as 3 bass viols can play it!

From Rosenmuller's 1682 set of 12 sonatas, this lovely work was originally written for two violins & continuo, but it works really well for 3 bass viols, or for 2 bass viols with continuo instruments of your choice. Score and parts, including figures in the score and bass part. The two solo lines were simply taken down an octave, and are in alto clef. An interesting work for professional performance.

 

These four madrigals from Bateson's 1604 collection resemble those of Morley and Wilbye. They are not too difficult, and the texts are included in all parts. Certainly suitable for intermediate consorts, but very pleasing pieces for a concert program or workshop use. Score and parts, with an alternative part in octave treble for the 3rd line.

 

Three absolutely delightful pieces: Sellingers Round, Fortune and O Mystris Mine, arranged for four viols (with an octave treble part for other instruments). These can be played by intermediate or advanced consorts, as sections can be omitted if there are less experienced players. Some slightly challenging bits, but not too virtuosic. Great workshop music, or purely for enjoyment. Score and parts.

 

This pair of madrigals has a sorrowful text, but some lovely music, dating to 1594. Good for performance or workshops. Score and parts.

 

 

These five chorale preludes for organ needed no arranging for viols. Includes In dulci jubilo. Score and parts, with tenor parts in alto clef only.

 

Aimed at lower intermediate standard players, these 6 part pieces (14 in Book 1, 9 in Book 2) are mostly in first position. Book 1 features all English and German music; Book 2 continues this, but adds a lovely Italian madrigal by Marenzio, and a few more semiquavers. Score and parts.

 

 

This lovely motet can be performed on all viols, or with a mixture of voices and viols. The parts have alternatives so that at least 3 combinations of viols can be used. Score & parts. Ideal for workshops or performance.

 

 

This first book of 17 chorales includes some favourites as well as lesser known pieces. Perfect for church, between verse anthems, or at workshops. Some are easy, and some are less so. Score & parts.

 

 

A second collection, this time with an alternative second line for a tenor viol if that suits you better. Again a mixture of famous and less famous, easy and more difficult. Score & parts.

 

This lovely Canzona will be a hit with audiences, consorts and workshop teachers alike. An alternative part is included. Score & parts.

 

 

Blanks must have been influenced by Morley. These 6 fantasias have a Morley-esque charm to them. Nos 2-6 were originally for TrTrT, but the first was TrTB. Here it has been transposed so that the whole set can be played by the one group. Score & parts.

Audio sample is Fantasia 2

 

Arranged from organ music by John Weretka, these pieces are for a virtuoso ensemble. Full of drama and solo passages. Score & parts.

 

Also arranged from organ music by John Weretka, these pieces are also reasonably difficult, but isn't Bach always worth the struggle? Score & parts

 

This is a great piece, but is usually set in F major and too high to be comfortably played on viols. Now in D major, it lies happily under the hand. Score & parts.

 

Florentine composer Malvezzi is not as famous as he should be, but he composed some excellent and complex ricercari which are well worth playing. Score & parts.

 

The Easy Consort series have been very useful to many teachers and this is the first of the intermediate series which will give progressing students some useful and enjoyable repertoire. Dances and polyphonic pieces included. Score & parts

 

A great selection of dances, madrigals and polyphonic pieces of intermediate standard in four parts. Book 1 includes the original Taverner In nomine, as well as pieces by Dering, Tomkins, Funck, Morley, Josquin, Ives and da Rore. Book 2 extends the offering with works by Carreira, Telemann, Fischer, Jenkins and Purcell. The wonderful four-part Gibbons In nomine is included. Score and parts.

 

Continuing the series, this five part book comes with score and parts, including an alternative fourth line. A lovely collection of consorts, dances, madrigals and pieces by Senfl, Caroubel, Praetorius, Weelkes, Holborne, Tallis, Byrd, Schein, Roussel and da Rore. The wonderful motet Salvator Mundi by Tallis is included.

 

Portuguese organist Manuel Rodrigues Coelho (c. 1555 - c. 1647) was also a renowned composer of his day. His large collection of pieces Flores de Musica was published in 1620, and includes these settings of the Kyrie, which have been arranged for TrTBB viols, at its original pitch. Score and parts.

 

 

German composer Johann Kaspar Kerll had an illustrious career as a court organist and composer. Kerll knew Athanasius Kircher, and was inspired to write the Ricercar in Cylindrum phonotacticum transferenda (included in this edition) which was based on the mechanism of the musical automaton. Also in this book are two keyboard canzonas which have been arranged for four viols. Score and parts.

 

You'll want to be adventurous for this one. It's easier for string quartet, but if your trebles want to play above the frets, and your bass viol tune down to low C, then go for it! See more on the Bowed publications page.

 

A sparkling new edition of these amazing works is here. Flexible scoring with alternative inner parts for some pieces, a new introduction, and inclusion of a fragmentary four part piece omitted from some editions. Score and parts.

I have just discovered that some bass viol parts lacked one of the 4 part pieces. Apologies. You can download the pdf of the missing piece here. This will be corrected in future prints.

 

Originally for keyboard, this piece by Renaissance Portuguese composer Antonio Carreira could have been made for viols. Score and parts.

 

This is a substantial 6 part chanson by a substantial composer! It can be played in several combinations of 6 viols, as I've provided two alternative clef parts. Text included. Score and parts.

 

Originally for organ, this masterpiece translates beautifully to strings, particularly viols. Some challenges arise from the keyboard writing, but it's easily within reach of advanced players, and some intermediates as well. Score and parts.

 

This is the first volume in a series for lower viols. It contains songs and instrumental pieces by Ghiselin, Morley, Compere, Isaac, Campian and many other composers. Texts provided where they exist. Score and parts.

 

Volume two of the series contains seven fantasias by Giovanni Bassano, Eustache du Caurroy, Thomas Lupo and John Bull. Lovely music. Score and parts.

 

We shift to TTB in the third volume of the series. Nine fantasies by Giovanni Bassano, William Byrd, Edward Blankes, Thomas Lupo, Eustache du Caurroy and John Okeover. Score and parts.

 

Two fantastic four part pieces - La Rovattina and L'Ardina. Great for enjoying or performing. Score and parts.

 

Tenor viols can now rejoice in some choice trios by Thomas Lupo, Eustache du Caurroy, Jacques Foucart, Thomas Weelkes, Adrian Willaert and John Hingeston. Three items have a vocal origin, and texts are included to allow performance with singers. Score and parts

 

 

 

Arranged by Patrice Connelly.

A lovely collection of seven Spanish works. Diego de Pontac, Mudarra, Cabezon and others. The de Pontac Kyrie is the only work of vocal origin; the others have been arranged from keyboard works. This suits a low consort, and could be done by treble with 3 basses if one can read the alto clef tenor part. Score & parts.

 

 

Arranged by Patrice Connelly.

Coming from Luzzaschi's second book of ricercars for organ, these two pieces are restrained Renaissance at its best. Score & parts.

 

Marc'Antonio Ingegneri was the teacher of Claudio Monteverdi, and a wonderful composer in his own right. He wrote several books of madrigals, motets and masses which deserve more attention. Here are three of his works: Due rose fresche, Gia non mi maraviglio and Ardi e gela a tua voglia. Score & parts

 

 

More from Ingegneri, this time for a slightly higher selection of viols. La Verginella and Ardo si, ma non t'amo will be welcome additions to the repertoire. Score & parts.

 

 

A beautiful two-part madrigal for 6 viols. Text included. Score and parts. Also available in a transposed version for recorders.

 

 

Some Flemish music by the master Heinrich Isaac (c. 1450 - 1517). These secular pieces are: Suesser Vatter, Tmeiskin uas iunch, Fortuna Bruder Conrat, Maudit Soyt, Der Welte fundt, Pour vous plaisiers and Carmen. Score & parts.

 

 

These two fugues were originally written for organ. Keys are a minor & g minor. Score & parts.

 

 

This piece by Isabella Leonarda, one of the most prolific female composers of the early Italian baroque, was originally for two violins and continuo. The piece also works very well on three bass viols.

 

 

 

Clive Lane has taken two well-known English folk tunes and arranged them for four viols. The edition has an alternative second line to allow TrTTB instead of the TrTrTB consort. The audio will play the other piece, Tower HIll.