Balli per Cembalo
Clavichord, harpsichord, organ
Composed by Various. Edited by Christopher Hogwood. Playing score. 53(xxv) pages. Published by Edition HH Music Publishers (HH.HH075-SOL).
Item Number: HH.HH075-SOL
ISBN 978 1 904229 69 8.
This volume presents four of the earliest Italian manuscript collections of keyboard dances and dance songs, dating from about 1540 to c.1620 and vividly demonstrates the development of early keyboard writing from the pre-existing repertoire of the lute. The majority of these short and expressive pieces are transcribed into modern notation here for the first time, and their origins fully documented with concordances. Such repertoire is suitable for any keyboard instrument and (apart from the "lost" piece by Facoli which ends the volume) are of slight technical difficulty and suitable for students and beginners, as well as for use by early music ensembles.