|When VdGS Music Editions were first issued in the
1960s, they were called Supplementary Publications.
Their purpose was to make British viol music
available in good value playable editions. They were
carefully edited by enthusiasts from original
sources and written out in clear manuscript. There
are now over 200 titles in the catalogue. And these
have recently been typeset and are now available
with scores. Parts have been set with the
player's needs foremost. Where possible the parts
are still available in manuscript as an alternative
to typeset and alternative clefs can be requested.
Many VdGS Music Editions have organ parts.
In the last forty years many works by major viol composers have been re-published in collected editions. The VdGS publications save players from having to buy a whole collection in order to find out whether they like that composer. They can buy one or two titles from a collection which are generally fairly cheap and often include an organ part. Unattributed compositions and those composers with few surviving pieces are less popular with publishers and are often only available as VdGS Music Editions. The series includes some of the best of British viol music.
New editions are published once or twice a year and are available for an initial period to VdGS members at 10% discount. The series is managed by Stephen Pegler (e-mail me) who welcomes suggestions for any viol related music or submissions of edition for publication. To join the VdGS go to membership.
The VdGS music editions are now also available from the Early Music Shop.
|ME 236 Michael East: 8 Fantasies à 5 – Edited by Stephen Pegler
These very enjoyable fantasies are published in Michael East's Third set of bookes together with 5 and 6 part madrigals. They have been available since 1921 in an edition published by Edmund Fellowes, subsequently revised by Thurston Dart in 1960. However Thurston Dart makes a number of changes to the original apparently to correct 'slipshod part writing'. This edition attempts to be faithful to the original source and provide well laid out parts. The inner parts are available in either string (alto/C3) clefs or wind clefs (octave treble).
|Tr Tr A T B Medium|
|Members' price £12.65|
|ME 237 Matthew Locke: Consort of Four Parts – Edited by Ursula Schlapp|
|This set consists of 24 pieces in 6 'suites', each with a Fantasy followed by a Courant, Ayre and Saraband. As you would expect from Locke they are engaging pieces with a lot of variety and are not too difficult, though the treble parts lie quite high. Many viol players will be familiar with the Stainer & Bell edition which has frequent editorial stylistic directions and dynamics, unlike the original sources which have very few. These editorial additions can be hard to ignore. This fresh edition follows the original very closely and the typeset layout is generous. The second part is suitable for an alto viol (tenor in A) and is also playable on a tenor viol; it is available in either alto/C3 or treble clef – please specify if you would like the treble clef version (or order the additional part to have both).
|Tr A T B Medium|
|Members' price £16.80 (Additional second part in alternative clef £2.25)|
|ME238 Peter Philips: Three fantasias à 3 – Edited by Virginia Brookes|
|These relatively simple pieces in 3 modes first appeared in the publication Institution harmonique, ii by Salomon De Caus (c.1576-1626), a French theorist and mathematician. De Caus' treatise was published in Frankfurt in 1615, whilst he was employed as an engineer and architect by the Elector Palatine in Heidelberg; it is however dedicated to Queen Anne of England. You might expect dry academic pieces, but in fact they are good fun to play, particularly the third piece.
|Tr T B Easy|
|Members' price £3.30|
|2014 Publications in preparation
Next year we hope to publish the following new editions:
|John Jenkins - Fantasias for Tr B B and Organ arranged for 3 viols without organ.
John Jenkins - Divisions on a ground for treble, bass and continuo - Nos. 5 & 6.
Anon - Divisions for two bass viols arranged from The Divison Flute.
|The price shown on the other pages is for non-members. Members of the GB VdGS are entitled to 50% discount off the full price, members of other Viola da Gamba societies can deduct 25%.|
|Music Editions are produced, printed and distributed by volunteers
in the society as a benefit to members and they will be happy to offer
advice on these editions and on published alternatives.
|CATALOGUE & ORDERING|
| Download the Music Editions list & order form:
Non member prices > VdGS ME Catalogue .pdf
VdGS member prices >VdGS ME Catalogue .pdf
|To order, send an e-mail to Stephen Pegler or fill in the order form and post to the address on the form.|
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|Free music - for VdGS members|
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