edition for guitar by Oriol Espinal
Born in Brescia in 1474 into a noble family, Vincenzo Capirola was a renowned composer and lute player. His music was preserved in a manuscript thanks to a disciple of his called Vidal, who, driven by the purpose of ensuring the posterity of the work of his master, not only wrote the tablature of his pieces for lute, but also ordered that they be decorated with beautiful marginal drawings, perhaps thinking that the beauty of the images would make it easier for future generations to consider it an object worthy of being preserved. Dated around 1517, the so-called Capirola Lute Book is today considered one of the most important sources of lute music in the early 16th century. In its pages Vidal had the wisdom to include valuable technical instructions and indications of musical dynamics, the oldest known to date.
The Vincenzo Capirola Lutebook
compiled by Vitale in 1520
The Newberry Library
Newberry VAULT Case MS minus VM 140 .C25
played on the guitar by Oriol Espinal (1999 home recording )
played on the lute by Federico Marincola