D. Gaultier Suite III
Transcribed for guitar by Mark Viggiani
Series Phoenix TMV 014
Denis Gaultier, along with his older cousin Ennemond, is emblematic of the style of lute music which flourished in mid-17th century France. This suite is taken from the collection La Rhétorique des Dieux (1652), a compendium of the cream of this repertoire, assembled into short suites according to tonality. Many of the pieces bear evocative titles, referencing classical mythology. This selection contrasts a melancholy Tombeau with French dances in triple meter including a courante and double. Notes on interpretation and ornamentation are supplied.
Movements: Tombeau de mlle Gaultier, Rondeau, Mars Superbe, Cléopatre amante et double, Sarabande.