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Musical Transcription and Bookbinding Based on 16th Century Music Book
I transcribed ten pieces of instrument specific 16th century French lute tablature from Adrian le Roy’s book Tiers Livre de Tablature de Guiterre into modern musical notation. All ten modern versions were then converted into commonly used 16th century music notation without compromising the original sound, arrangement, or style. In addition, the final 16th century musical transcriptions are printed, arranged and bound into a book crafted using materials and processes appropriate to the original artifact.
In order to accomplish the transcription, I went through every note, chord, and rhythm marker in each of the original pieces and converted them, note by note, into modern notation. This process does not readily lend itself to photographic documentation as it is very much a mental exercise which is then verified visually against the original, and aurally on an instrument such as the guitar.
Please see the paper Musical Transcription and Bookbinding Based on 16th Century Music Book for complete project documentation and references. The images and commentary below show the details of the finished project.