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date: 02 June 2020

Denss, Adrianlocked

  • H.B. Lobaugh

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(fl late 16th century). ?Flemish lutenist and composer. It is possible that he spent some time in Antwerp, going to Cologne shortly before his anthology of music for seven-course solo lute in French tablature, Florilegium, was published there in 1594. There is little trace of his career there although he was undoubtedly involved in musical activity centring on the household of Arnold of Manderscheidt and Blankenheim, a Cologne church official, to whom his book is dedicated.

In the presentation of the 84 vocal works in the Florilegium, two or three of the original voice parts are included, printed on a page opposite the intabulation for the lute, but inverted, allowing singers to sit facing the lutenist while performing. Klöckner has indicated that while the notation would allow for performance by singers or players of melody instruments, or by the lute alone, combining the lute intabulation with other voices seems unlikely....

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Journal of the Lute Society of America