MIGNARDA EDITIONS by RON ANDRICO
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Historical sources of lute music presented in practical performing editions.
NOTE: INDIGO ROAD IS OUT OF PRINT
Indigo Road: Original Lute Music by Ronn McFarlane
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Mignarda Editions is delighted to announce the release of Indigo Road, offering lutenists a chance to both hear and play Ronn McFarlane's haunting and imaginative original music.
Released simultaneously with the Dorian/Sono Luminus CD of the same name, our edition contains exactly the same pieces that are recorded on the CD. Through a special arrangement with Dorian/Sono Luminus, Mignarda Editions is able to offer the book containing tablature scores separately or together as a package with the CD.
The compositions are conceived for a 10-course lute in Renaissance tuning, but may also be played on an 8-course lute. This edition contains only the lute solos (without added instrumental parts) as they were originally conceived.
Historically, the lute player and the composer of lute music were one and the same - there was no gulf between performer and composer. For the past several years I have devoted myself to reviving the old tradition of the lutenist -composer. In the lute's repertory, there is no strong dividing line between classical, popular and folk music. Particularly in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, these happily existed side by side, often blending popular and classical elements together in the same piece. Some of my works draw heavily on Renaissance and Baroque styles, while others are expressed in a completely modern idiom.
All of my compositions were originally conceived as lute solos without
accompaniment. After recording them as solos, however, I added parts for
bass, flute, harp, percussion, cittern, harmonium and string quartet to
several of the tunes, in order to heighten individual mood and character. In
the Renaissance, some lute solos later became lute duets when a second lute
part was added, perhaps years after the original solo. Other pieces were
published in alternate versions for lute solo or for instrumental ensemble.
This kind of flexibility was common in the music making of the 16th century.
It is in this spirit that I offer these new tunes for the lute.
Ron Andrico is a specialist in historical music for plucked strings and has had an active career in solo and ensemble performance, vocal accompaniment, recording, as an arranger, and in music for theater. Since 1995, he has been concentrating on the lute and is known for his work in editing historical sources of lute music, producing results both scholarly and practical.