Rose, liz, printemps, verdure

Composer Players Instrument Notation Period
Machaut, Guillaume de (1300-1377) solo lute tablature Medieval

A visitor asked whether Machaut's 'Rose, liz, printemps, verdure' could be transcribed as a solo. Considering that the original is in five voices, the surprising answer is 'yes'. Keep in mind that this entailed some modifications. Although there were very few notes that had to be dropped, the closely spaced and frequently crossing voices, a prominent feature of this style of music, are not as distinct in the solo version. However, you will hear the lush and startling harmonies and the sweet melody. The success of this transcription led me to look for more and I found another interesting solo, Rondeau 7, also originally for five voices.

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