Grenerin | Livre de guitarre for solo guitar
Grenerin | Livre de guitarre for solo guitar
Grenerin | Livre de guitarre for solo guitar

Grenerin | Livre de guitarre for solo guitar

Model: 13285 / CNP74451 UPC: 9781625590480 ISBN: 1625590482
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Transcribed from Baroque guitar tablature
by Michael Murphy

Publication's Style: Soft Cover
Pages: 109
Level of Difficulty: Intermediate
General Description: 16 Baroque Dance Suites

About the Composer

Henry Grenerin (c. 1625-c. 1700) is mentioned as a musicien de la chambre du Roi as early as 1641. It is recorded that he played in court ballets such as Ballet de Psyche in 1656 and Ballet de l’impatience in 1661. In 1668 Grenerin published Livre de theorbe contenant plusieurs pieces, a collection of music for theorbo with instructions on how to play continuo. His book of guitar tablature, Livre de guitarre (Paris, 1680), was dedicated to the Prince de Conty. The Prince de Conty had been one of the leaders of the ‘frondes’ which was a revolt against Anne of Austria (the mother of Louis XIV) and her minister Cardinal Mazarin. The story of this rebellion is told in a most compelling manner by Voltaire in his book The Age of Louis XIV. This series of uprisings was over by 1654, and one could presume that the Prince de Conty was on good terms with the royal family by the time Grenerin dedicated the book to him in 1680.

Grenerin’s book of tablature for the guitar consists of sixteen solo suites for guitar and also some pieces for instrumental and vocal ensembles. Following the ensemble pieces are Grenerin’s instructions for playing continuo on the guitar. This book also includes notes on the performance of Grenerin’s music. These notes to the reader are very concise, and it is mainly a guide to the symbols he used to indicate ornaments.

About the Arranger

Michael Murphy, guitarist and lutenist, holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in performance from Shenandoah Conservatory of Shenandoah University where he studied with Dr. Glenn Caluda, and a Master of Music degree in performance from Virginia Commonwealth University where he studied with John Patykula. He is the founder of the Cavalier Consort, and he has performed with Capriole, the Governor’s Music of Colonial Williamsburg, the Norfolk Chamber Consort, and Winchester Baroque. He has performed for many guitar societies, music festivals, and performing arts groups in the eastern United States. Dr. Murphy has taught for Virginia Commonwealth University, Virginia Union University, Chowan College, Tidewater Community College, and Old Dominion University. He is currently teaching guitar at Briar Woods High School in Loudoun County, Virginia. Dr. Murphy is also an adjunct professor at Shenandoah Conservatory where he teaches guitar and music literature courses.


  • Model: 13285 / CNP74451
  • Manufactured by: Clear Note Publications
  • Condition: New
  • UPC: 9781625590480
  • ISBN: 1625590482
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