On this page you'll find a variety of free renaissance and baroque sheet music for classical guitar. All transcriptions are by Dana DiAnda unless otherwise noted.
The midi files on this site are not meant to be anything more than a quick, rough feel for how the pieces might sound. I've put no effort into making them sound realistic or expressive.
Fortunately, thanks to Jon Sayles, there are real performances/recordings of some of the pieces available here (.mp3s).
For many more recordings of early music for classical guitar (all performed by Jon), visit his site:
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Sonata(K.157).In two movements (Moderato and Tempo di Minuetto). Originally for two bass viols.
Sonata (K. 174).
Originally for two bass viols. (The slurs in the first and second movements may seem excessive, but they were written in the original score by the composer).
Gray's Inn, the First
HWV 534a and HWV 543b. Same melody, different bass line.
Menuet. HWV 603.
Captain Tobias Hume was a mercenary, serving in the Russian and Swedish armies. In his introduction to 'The First Part Of Ayres' (1605) (which the following pieces come from) he says: "...My Profession being, as my Education hath beene, Armes, the only effeminate part of me, hath beene Musicke... (snip)...I robbe no others inventions, I take no Italian Note to an English dittie, or filch fragments of Songs to stuffe out my volumes. These are mine own Phancies expressed by my proper Genius, which if thou dost dislike, let me see thine... (snip)...And from Henceforth, the statefull instrument Gambo Viol, shall with ease yeelde full various and devicefull Musicke as the Lute..."
My Hope Is Decayed.
Originally for bass viol.
The Queen's Dolour.
Transcription by Eduard Agulló.
Many guitarists are familiar with Bach's music for unaccompanied violin; Telemann also wrote a group of pieces for solo violin. This is the first of twelve fantasies.
Transcription of Keyboard Fantasia #2 from the first set of twelve. (He wrote three sets of twelve).
Two movements from Violin Sonata in G Minor (Tomo 373).
Pavan 'Belle Qui Tiens Ma Vie'.
From 'Orchesographie' -published 1589. (Variation by me.)
Aria: Lass mein Herz die Munze sein.
From Cantata "Nur Jedem das Seine" - BWV 163
From A Musical Offering. The first guitar plays the theme forward, while the second one is playing it in reverse.
Fuga Autentica in Arie Francese.
The Queen's Almain.
Lute duet from The Lord's Masque.
From - 'Musicke of Sundrie Kindes, Set Forth in Two Bookes...' (1607) These four pieces are from book two. Described on the title page as '... Pavens, Galiards, Almaines, Toies, Jigges, Thumps, and such like, for two Basse-Viols, the Liera way, so made as the greatest number may serve to play alone, very easy to performe.'
Mr. Southcote's Pavin and Galliard.
Mounsieur Lullere, His Choice.
A Pill to Purge Melancholy.
Air. HWV 587.
From pieces for musical clock.
A fantasia for two instruments.
Prelude For The Witches.
From Dido and Aeneas. This piece along with the following two (Duet and Chaconne) make a nice little suite.
Also from Dido and Aeneas.
Chaconne: Two In One Upon A Ground.
A canon, two measures apart, over a ground bass.
The Queen's Funeral March And Canzona.
From Der Neumodische Liebhaber Damon.
From Concerto for Two Cellos (tomo 61). In this concerto, the two cellos are supported by strings and continuo in the first and third movements. The middle movement (this largo) is written for only two cellos and continuo (a figured bass line).The figured bass line is a third (lowest) melody/harmony that would be played by another cello and keyboard, and has symbols indicating how the keyboard should fill in harmonies. For example, the symbol 6/4 means that the keyboard part should add a second inversion chord over the given bass note at that point. I've used the figured bass markings to fill in some harmonies by adding a simple, fourth voice (two voices per guitar).
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