The Viola da Gamba Society Journal

The journal is published approximately annually and continues to be a significant forum for research into bowed string instruments, particularly the viols. As far as circumstances allow, each issue emphasises a particular 'theme', although non-themed articles may be included alongside these. The first issue, edited by Andrew Ashbee, is concerned with 'sources'. Volume Two (2008), edited by Peter Holman, highlights viol music after the 'golden age' of the seventeenth century. Restrictions on the size of Chelys prevented the appearance of reviews of some important editions and books. Although it is expected that the bulk of sheet music reviews will continue to appear in the Society's quarterly The Viol, extended reviews of major publications find a place in the Journal.
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Table of Contents (in reverse chronological order)

Volume Ten (2016) - download PDF
Please note that this is an updated version as from 10 June 2017, with corrections to the article about the Ledenburg Collection

  • Editorial
  • The Division Viol - an overview - MYRNA HERZOG
  • An Amateur Viol Player in the Dutch Golden Age: Johannes Thysius (1622-1653) - JAN W. J. BURGERS
  • The Works for Viola da Gamba in the Ledenburg Collection - GUENTER VON ZADOW
  • Books and Music Reviews: David Dolata, Meantone Temperaments on Lutes and Viols - Stewart McCoy | Michael Robertson, Consort Suites and dance Music by Town Musicians in German-Speaking Europe | Richard Carter; Georg Philipp Telemann, 12 Fantasias for solo Viola da Gamba | Susanne Heinrich
  • Notes on Contributors

  • Volume Nine (2015) - download PDF
  • Editorial
  • Consort Anthem, Orlando Gibbons - DAVID PINTO
  • A List of Manuscripts containing Consort Music found in the Thematic Index - ANDREW ASHBEE
  • Review: Leipzig Church Music from the Sherard Collection - PETER HOLMAN
  • Louis Couperin, The extant music for wind and string instruments - PIA PIRCHER
  • Letter

  • Volume Eight (2014) - download PDF
  • Editorial
  • Redefining the Viola Bastarda: A Most Spurious Subject - JOELLE MORTON
  • A Time When All was Abelish - THOMAS FRITZSCH
  • Review: Abel, Second Pembroke Collection, edition and CD - PETER HOLMAN
  • Carl Friedrich Abel's Viola da Gamba Music. A new catalogue - revised version - PETER HOLMAN
  • La basse de viole apres la mort de Marin Marais - Pia Pircher
  • Reviews
  • Tessa Murray: Thomas Morley, Eliabethan Music Publisher - JOHN MILSOM
  • David J. Smith & Rachelle Taylor (eds): Networks of Music and Culture in the Late Sixteenth and Early Seventeenth Centuries - ALAN BROWN
  • A German Baroque Viol Tutor. Anonymous: Instruction oder ein anweisung auff die Violadigamba (Instruction or Method for the Viola da Gamba). Facsimile edition Bettina Hoffman - RICHARD CARTER
  • Notes on the Contributors

  • Volume Seven (2013) - download PDF
  • Editorial
  • John Merro's Manuscript revisited - ANDREW ASHBEE
  • British Library MS Mus 249 - ROBERT SMITH
  • John Blow and Johann Kaspar Kerll: a Puzzle solved - PETER HOLMAN
  • More on Polewheel - ANDREW ASHBEE
  • Book Reviews
  • John Morehen and David Mateer (eds.), Thomas Ravenscroft: Rounds, Canons and Songs from printed sources, Musica Britannica 93, London 2012 - IAN PAYNE
  • Ut Orpheus Editions of Italian Consort Music - PETER HOLMAN
  • Letter to the Editor

  • Volume Six (2012) - download PDF
  • Editorial
  • Thomas Mace and a sense of 'humour. The case for expression in 17th-Century English instrumental music' - WENDY HANCOCK
  • Terpsichore at 400: Michael Praetorius as a Collector of Dance Music - PETER HOLMAN
  • An investigation into the anonymous setting of William Byrd's Ne irascaris, Domine for two lyra viols. Part two: 'Harsh progressions and monstrous combinations' - RICHARD CARTER
  • Book Reviews
  • Aurelio Bianco, Nach englischer und frantzoesischer Art, Vie et oeuvre de Carlo Farina - PETER HOLMAN
  • Friedemann & Barbara Hellwig, Joachim Tielke, Kunstvolle Musikinstrumente des Barock - RICHARD CARTER
  • Mary Cyr, Style and Performance for Bowed String Instruments in French Baroque Music - RICHARD SUTCLIFFE
  • Purcell Society Edition, Companion Series, vol 4: Restoration Trio Sonatas - ANDREW ASHBEE
  • Notes on the Contributors

  • Volume Five (2011) - download PDF
  • Editorial
  • The mystery of Polewheel and his Ground - ANDREW ASHBEE
  • A fresh look at B-Bc, MS Litt. XY 24910 - PATXI DEL AMO
  • An investigation into the anonymous setting of William Byrd's Ne irascaris, Domine for two lyra viols. Part one: 'two Base Viols, expressing five partes' - RICHARD CARTER
  • Viol music on the Internet - PETER HOLMAN
  • Book Reviews
  • Peter Holman, Life after Death: The Viola da Gamba in Britain from Purcell to Dolmetsch - SIMON McVEIGH
  • Charles E. Brewer, The Instrumental Music of Schmeltzer, Biber, Muffat and their
  • Contemporaries - RICHARD CARTER
  • Christopher Marsh, Music and Society in Early Modern England - ANDREW ASHBEE
  • John Harley, The World of William Byrd: Musicians, Merchants and Magnates - ANDREW ASHBEE
  • Notes on the Contributors

  • Volume Four (2010) - download PDF
  • Editorial
  • Blessed Wings: JOSE VAZQUEZ
  • Charles Dieupart's Six suittes (1701–1702) and the en concert Performance Tradition - MATTHEW HALL
  • Charles Frederick Abel's Viola da Gamba Music: A New Catalogue - PETER HOLMAN
  • The Partiturbuch Ludwig: An Introduction and Thematic Catalogue - MICHAEL FUERST
  • BOOK REVIEWS
  • Carol A. Gartrell, A History of the Baryton and its Music: King of Instruments, Instrument of Kings - JEREMY BROOKER
  • John Birchensha: Writings on Music, ed. Christopher D. S. Field and Benjamin Wardhaugh - ALAN HOWARD
  • Michael Robertson, The Courtly Consort Suite in German-Speaking Europe, 1650-1706 - RICHARD CARTER
  • Metoda Kokole, Isaac Posch, 'diditus Eois Hesperiisque plagis - Praised in the Lands of Dawn and Sunset' - PETER HOLMAN
  • John Cunningham, The Consort Music of William Lawes, 1602-1645 - DAVID PINTO
  • MUSIC REVIEWS
  • John Jenkins, Five-Part Consort Music, ed. David Pinto - ANDREW ASHBEE
  • John Jenkins, Fantasia-Suites, ed. Andrew Ashbee - JOHN CUNNINGHAM
  • William Croft, Complete Chamber Music, ed. Harry Diack Johnstone - ANDREW WOOLLEY
  • CORRESPONDENCE
  • Unequal Temperaments: Revisited - CLAUDIO DI VEROLI
  • Notes on the Contributors

  • Volume Three, Part One (2009) - download PDF
  • Editorial
  • Lyra Viol Ecclesiastica: A Neglected Manuscript Source in Archbishop Marsh's Library, Dublin - JOHN CUNNINGHAM
  • Clamor Heinrich Abel's Dritter Theil Musicalischer Blumen, 1677: A Lost Source of Lyra Consort Music - RICHARD CARTER
  • A Jacobean bass viol book in Cornwall - MIKE O'CONNOR, OBE & ANDREW ASHBEE
  • The Rediscovery of the Viol in the Jugendbewegung - SANDRA ZYDEK, introduced and translated by Richard Carter

  • Volume Three, Part Two (2009) - download PDF
  • Byrd's music arranged for instruments by his contemporaries - RICHARD TURBET
  • The Identities of the Viols in the Ashmolean Museum - MICHAEL FLEMING
  • BOOK REVIEWS
  • Michael O'Loghlin, Frederick the Great and his Musicians. The Viola da Gamba Music of the Berlin School - Samantha Owens
  • Claudio Di Veroli, Unequal Temperaments: Theory, History and Practice (Scales, Tuning and Intonation in Musical Performance) - Bradley Lehman
  • MUSIC REVIEWS
  • Joseph Haydn, 28 Divertimenti a tre, Hob. XI, 97-126 (Edition Guentersberg, G179-183) - Carol A. Gartrell
  • The Manchester Gamba Book (Facsimile, Peacock Press) - Richard Carter
  • Notes on the contributors

  • Volume Two, Part one (2008) - download PDF
  • The Nomenclature of the Viol in Italy - BETTINA HOFFMANN translated by RICHARD CARTER and JOHN STEEDMAN
  • John Leyden's Lyra Viol Manuscript in Newcastle University Library and George Farquhar
  • Graham's Copy in the National Library of Scotland - JOHN H. ROBINSON
  • Laurence Sterne the Musician - PETER HOLMAN
  • Laurence Sterne, Charles Frederick Abel and the Viol - CLAIRE BERGET
  • REVIEWS
  • The Viola da Gamba Society Index of Manuscripts, vol. 2 - David Pinto
  • Mary Cyr, Essays on the Performance of Baroque Music - Susanne Heinrich
  • William Lawes, The Harp Consorts (PRB Viol Consort Series, no. 62) - John Cunningham

  • Volume Two, Part Two (July 2009) - download PDF
  • The Pardessus Book of Mademoiselle Rochette - RICHARD SUTCLIFFE
  • An inventory of DK-Kk, CI, 10; mu 6403 2402 - ANDREW ASHBEE
  • Réponce de Monsieur Rousseau - SHAUN K. F. NG
  • Notes on the contributors

  • Volume One (2007) - download PDF
  • Manuscripts of Consort Music in London, c.1600-1625:some Observations - ANDREW ASHBEE
  • Continuity and Change in English Bass Viol Music: the Case of Fitzwilliam Mu. MS 647 - PETER HOLMAN
  • William Young, Englishman - STEPHEN MORRIS
  • REVIEWS
  • John Jenkins: three-part fantasias (Musica Britannica vol. 70) & Fantasia-Suites I (Musica Britannica vol. 78) - Christopher Field
  • John Ward Consort Music (Musica Britannica vols. 67 and 83) - David Pinto
  • Anonymous Parisian Gamba duets (France, circa 1750) - Jonathan Dunford
  • Offers of articles are welcomed

    Please contact: Dr. Andrew Ashbee, 214, Malling Road, Snodland, Kent ME6 5EQ email
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