I used to play in an early music consort (rebec, recorder, viola da gamba, etc., but never mandolin as it isn't a Renaissance instrument), so I have quite a bit of literature in my library if anyone is interested in something specific. There's a lot that is easily played on a mando, and arrangements for mando ensembles would probably sound great.
Originally Posted by (jgarber @ Sep. 17 2004, 17:01)
For starters, I'd recommend the following anthologies:
An Elizabethan Song Book by Noah Greenberg (NY: Doubleday, 1955)
An Anthology of English Medieval and Renaissance Vocal Music by Noah Greenberg (NY: W.W. Norton, 1961)
An English Song Book by Noah Greenberg (NY: Doubleday, 1961)
Anthology of Medieval Music by Richard Hoppin (NY: W.W. Norton, 1978)
Most of these are probably out of print, but copies generally can be found at www.bookfinder.com.
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