- José Escobar (Vihuela)
Notes & Reviews:
Although biographical details of his life remain sketchy, Luys Milán’s Libro de música de vihuela de mano intitulado El Maestro is certainly the oldest surviving printed collection of vihuela music. Tuned like the contemporary Renaissance lute, the Spanish vihuela is a guitar-shaped instrument and for it Milán wrote a series of compelling works including fantasias and pavans that maturely fused improvisatory and polyphonic elements. This recording presents all the solo vihuela pieces from the first book of El Maestro in the order in which they appear.
American Record Guide, March/April 2016
Renaissance composer Luis Milan's magnum opus is Libro de Musica de Vihuela de Mano Intitulado El Maestro (Book of music for vihuela de mano, titled The Teacher). It is the earliest large collection of music for vihuela de mano, the Spanish version of the lute. It had the same tuning as the Renaissance Lute. The first book of the collection has 22 fantasias and a set of 6 pavanes, the latter the first Renaissance music many guitar students learn.
Milan's counterpoint is graceful and melodic, and his fantasias are lovely. Escobar plays with a full (for vihuela, a notoriously delicate instrument) and varied sound, technical fluency, and grace. This, of course, is a recording most valuable for reference.
Recording information: The Green Room, Offord Hall, Aurora, Ontario, Canada (05/01/2014-05/04/2014).
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Works Detailsde Milán, Luis : Musica de vihuela de mano, Book 1 "El Maestro"
- Performer: José Escobar (Vihuela)
- Notes: The Green Room, Offord Hall, Aurora, Ontario, Canada (05/01/2014-05/04/2014)
- Running Time: 1 min. 41 sec.
- Period Time: Renaissance
- Written: 1536