Excerpts from The Manchester Lyra-Viol Manuscript
Intabulated and transcribed from tablature by Paul Furnas.
The Viola da Gamba Society of America expresses its deep gratitude to Paul Furnas for graciously permitting this publication of his intabulation of 46 pieces from the Manchester Lyra-Viol Manuscript (commonly known as the Manchester Gamba Book) so that they could be made widely available to modern players of the viola da gamba.
Musicians wishing to explore more of the Manuscript have several sources. Mr. Furnas' intabulation of the entire Manuscript is available on microfilm from the Viola da Gamba Society of America and from University Microfilms, as an appendix to his 1978 Ph.D. dissertation at Stanford University. A facsimile of the entire 17th century Manuscript was published by Peacock Press in 2003. Additional pieces from the Manuscript (along with pieces from other sources) in a modern intabulation can be found in Tablature for One, intabulated and edited by Martha Bishop.
This sheet music is free for noncommercial use. You may download the files and print paper copies, but neither the files nor the paper copies may be sold.
Transcriptions in tablature: