Playing Silvius Leopold Weiss
on the guitar
Silvius Leopold Weiss (1687-1750)
is German lute composer of the eighteen century. As he originaly
composed for the lute, it is an enormous challenge to transcript his
manuscripts for the guitar. Some guitarists like Roberto Aussel manage
to play Weiss in a very convincing manner on their six string guitar.
But this is a tour de force that I cannot manage to execute. And the
partitions that can be found for the guitar are most of the time dull.
So after quite a long effort to render out the mood of the suite
L'infidèle, I decided to ask Joel
Laplane, the guitar maker that originaly built my guitar, to add a
seventh string to it.
I made a long effort of adaptation for the fugue in d minor. Here is
the transcription I got in pdf format. I am
sure that purists would object to the way I made the transcription. But
try it and tell me what you think. I used the original version of the
London manuscript in the transcription in modern notation made by
Ruggero Chiesa, after the original manuscript of the British Museum,
published by Edizioni Suvini Zerboni, Milan. I had of course
to change a lot of things, because this edition is simply the original
13 string lute manuscript reproduced in modern notations. But it was
certainly a better start than the present guitar transcriptions.
It is possible to find on the web the
The London manuscript
reproduced in modern notations.