Viol Consorts a6

Here are all of the 6 part consorts for different combinations of viols.

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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. Sample page from Book 2. Audio is the Adson Ayre from Book 1.




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.




A beautiful two-part madrigal for 6 viols. Text included, so can be performed with voices and viols, or just all viols. Score and parts. Also available in a transposed version for recorders.



This beautiful motet has been transposed down a tone to better fit the viol range. It can be performed with all viols, or with viols and one or more voices. Glorious music! Score and parts.



Richard Dering's Cantica Sacra (1618), a collection of 21 wonderful Latin motets, has been published in three volumes, each of seven motets. Score and parts, all texts included. With only a couple of exceptions, these have been restored to their original keys and note durations. The set has been dedicated to Professor Peter Platt who died in 2000. He edited the Cantica Sacra many years ago for Early English Church Music, and I've relied heavily on his edition as this is a tribute to him. Score and parts. 3 volumes.



Only one of these pieces - Di Sei Bassi by Alfonso Ferrabosco - was originally for six basses, but it's such a lovely sound. I wanted to increase the all-bass repertoire, so I've found three other pieces by Marenzio, Verdelot and Weelkes to accompany the Ferrabosco. The top line of the other three works is in alto clef and can be played on tenor or bass viol. A violone would sound impressive on the bottom line too, though it's not necessary. A low C will be found in most of the pieces, so 6 string basses should tune down to low C, or give the part to a seven-string bass viol. Score and parts. Texts are included in the 2 madrigals.




Leggiadre Ninfe by Philippe de Monte and L'Alto Signor by Cipriano da Rore have been transposed down to suit a low viol consort. The top 2 lines are in alto clef and can be played on either tenor or bass viols. Some parts do have a low C, particularly the 6th part. Two lovely pieces. Score and parts.