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    Bembo to Barbetta: Lutes, Lutenists and Luthiers in Cinquecento Padua
    Griffiths, J ; Cassia, C (Libreria Musicale Italiana, 2023)
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    Teaching and Studying the Lute: International Conference Bremen 2019
    Boquet, P ; Díaz-Latorre,, X ; Held, J ; Lindberg, J ; Lowe, M ; North, N ; Pavan, F ; O'Dette, P ; Zuljan, B ; Griffiths, J ; Griffiths, J ; Wirth, S (Deutsche Lautengesellschaft and Lute Society of America, 2021-11-11)
    "The curiosity to hear music of ages past played on original instruments or historical copies has become one of the most significant recreative movements in recent cultural history. Thanks to the initial experimental work of pioneers over a century ago, contemporary music culture now values listening to music of past ages with the ears of those who first heard it. We understand it as similar to the sensory vitality that is restored into old paintings when centuries of varnish and tarnish are removed. Early experimentation was transformed into expertise, and historical performance practice has grown to become a multi-million dollar industry. The lute is a principal player on this revivalist stage and is now taught in many conservatories and music academies throughout the world. This book, based on a conference held in Bremen in September 2019, explores themes that pertain to teaching an ancient instrument in a modern institutional setting and the pedagogical challenges for both teaching and learning. It encompasses a discussion of aspects of modern teaching practice (Pascale Boquet, Jakob Lindberg, John Griffiths), the inner workings of historical technique (Paul O’Dette, Nigel North), improvisation and continuo playing (Joachim Held, Xavier Díaz-Latorre, Bor Zuljan), using the right instrument (Michael Lowe), and the continuing exploration of newly rediscovered repertoire (Franco Pavan)."
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    Cultura y música en la Península Ibérica hasta 1650
    Esteve Roldan, E ; Griffiths, J ; Rodilla, F (Reichenberger, 2023)
    This book highlights the cultural importance of music on the Iberian Peninsula from the Middle Ages to the mid-seventeenth century. Musical events of various kinds are presented as the product of actions generated from within a dynamic and heterogeneous society. The kaleidoscopic vision of the volume aims to increase understanding of the ways that matters of power, gender, dissemination, reception, and musical composition operate in direct correspondence with the attitudes of the society that produced them.
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    Silva de Sirenas, Enríquez de Valderrábano
    Griffiths, J (Contrastes Records, 2023)
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    Cifras y letras: el significado de las tablaturas
    Griffiths, J ; Esteve, E ; Griffiths, J ; Rodilla, F (Reichenberger, 2023)
    Until around 1750, more than 70,000 musical works are preserved in alternative notations to the conventional mensural. These tablatures preserve music for more than forty instruments, including the human voice. For the past almost ten years, we have conducted a research project on this alternative notation, in all its variants, from the widely accepted mainstream forms to the more idiosyncratic and little-used experiments. The extensive study has revealed what all these notations have in common. In this paper we explore the nature of tablature, the essence of its graphic system, the contemporary challenges to renewing the associated terminology, the marginalisation of tablature music from our cultural heritage, and the historiographical problems produced by the near-total exclusion of such a large repertoire from musicological thinking. What we have learned through this project is that tablature is much more than a simple notation for "playing by numbers," it is an alternative way of thinking about music and transmitting it. We have also learned the special functions of tablature, what could be written in tablature that was impossible in conventional notation, and the roles played by these tablatures in the social fabric of music, from their use as scores to facilitating the popular transmission of elite repertoires.
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    Vihuela
    Griffiths, J ; Borghetti, V ; Shephard, T (Brepols, 2023-02-28)
    This book collates 100 exhibits with accompanying essays as an imaginary museum dedicated to the musical cultures of Renaissance Europe, at home and in its global horizons.
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    A Millenium of Guitars
    Griffiths, J (Contrastes Records, 2022)
    This works argues for continuity in the guitar music of Spain over a period of more than a thousand years. Spain and the guitar are inseparable. They are inseparable for reasons that are inexplicable, no matter how hard we try to invent theories. The guitar and its ancestors have always been there, not just in the time of living memory, but far beyond. Music specifically composed for the guitar and notated for it goes back some five hundred years, but evidence is preserved to show their presence in Spanish culture for at least another five centuries.
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    La música para dos guitarras de Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco
    Griffiths, J (Contrastes Records, 2022)
    Reflection upon and analysis of music for two guitars by Italian composer Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco
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    Las variaciones y remembranzas
    Griffiths, J (Contrastes Records, 2022)
    This essay aims to show the fluid coexistence of the past with the present is one of the marvels of our musical culture. It argues that not only does music of bygone ages continue to move the passions of contemporary listeners, but ideas forged centuries ago still inspire composers to make new creations that join the ends of time into an endless circle.