Luis de Milán (c.1500-1561) was a Spanish Renaissance composer, vihuelist, poet, and commentator on performance practice in Valencian courtly life. The Pavana comes from Milán's book El Maestro, the first vihuela tablature and first known book of instrumental music printed in Spain*. * from Gásser, "Luis Milán on 16th Century Performance Practice
Fantasía X by Alonso Mudarra
Fantasía X by Alonso de Mudarra (c.1510-1580), subtitled "Que Contrahaze La Harpa en La Manera de Ludivico", is perhaps Mudarra's most famous composition. Its remarkable innovative chromaticism sounds modern even to modern day ears. The unusual cross-string fingerings are intended to imitate the sound of multiple strings played on a harp.
Mille Regretz by Luis de NarvŠez
Luis de Narváez (fl. 1526-1649) was 'maestro de vihuela' to Philip II*. His book "Los Seys Libros del Delphín de Música" contains instrumental fantasias and vocal transcriptions, like Mille Regretz, also known as "La canción del Emperador" which is a setting of a French Chanson attributed to Josquin Des Préz. *from Chase "The Music of Spain"
Renaissance England - Elizabethan Era
Greensleeves - Anonymous English Ballad
Greensleeves is a anonymous English ballad, written over a traditional ground bass, the passamezzo antico*. During the time of Queen Elizabeth, many English Renaissance composers wrote treatments of this famous melody and it appears in various historical manuscripts of that era. The two variations included in this version were composed and performed by James Baird. *from Bukofzer, "Music in the Baroque Era"
James Baird at the Lightner Museum, St Augustine, FL
Menendez Noche de Gala