Tarantelle intabulate per liuti
Tarantellas intabulated for lutes

Latest update 15.4.2008 / Arto Wikla 22.2.2008.


  1. Tarantelle published by Athanasius Kircher
  2. Tarantelle to be played, also video(s)

1. Tarantelle published by Athanasius Kircher

These intabulations are based on a great (and huge, very huge) book about nearly everything in the world, written by Athanasius Kircher in 17th century: "Magnes sive De Arte Magnetica". In the Net there are e-facsimiles of two editions:

Kircher 1641: European Cultural Heritage Online (ECHO): Kircher, Athanasius, Athanasii Kircheri Fuldensis Buchonii, E Soc. Iesu Magnes sive De Arte Magnetica: Opus Tripartitum Quo Praeterquam..., 1641 (direct link)
Kircher 1643: Wolfenbütteler Digitale Bibliothek (WDB): Athanasii Kircheri ... Magnes Siue De Arte Magnetica Opvs Tripartitvm : Quo Præterqvam Qvod Vniversa Magnetis Natvra, Eivsqve In Omnibvs Artibus & Scientijs vsus noua Methodo explicetur, ... multa hucusque incognita Naturæ arcana per Physica, Med.../ Athanasius Kircherus. - Editio secunda post Romanam multò corr. [Electronic ed.]. - Coloniae Agrippinae : Kalcoven, 1643 Permalink: http://diglib.hab.de/drucke/218-25-quod-1/start.htm

My intabulations try to be honest reproductions of Kircher's staff notation. Also the titles etc. follow the originals. Playing these intabulations by a "renaissance" lute in G will produce the original keys. A 6 course instrument is enough; the 7th course (in F) is needed only once.

No harmonizations are are added. The 17th century player(s) naturally played also the continuo, they improvised proper harmonies to the texture of the music. And so it should be done also today! One piece, the Antidotum Tarantulae is an exception among these pieces: it was written in three parts, and when intabulated, it becomes a complete lute piece.

Pages 1641:872, 1643:761

Pages 1641:872, 1643:761

Pages 1641:873, 1643:762

Pages 1641:873, 1643:762

Pages 1641: fol. 874, 1643: fol. 763
Many thanks to Diego Cantalupi for decrypting me the music of this Antidotum!

Pages 1641:875, 1643:763

Pages 1641:875-876, 1643:764

Pages 1641:876, 1643:764
The letter "e" in the bar 3 is not from the notated music, but Kircher gives a continuo "sharp" there.

2. Tarantelle to be played

The previous Tarantelle by Kircher are more or less only skeletons. Here I intend to collect Tarantellas to be played by early lute instruments, "renaissance" lutes, baroque lutes, theorboes, archlutes, renaissance guitars, baroque guitars, ...

Readers of this page are invited to make their own arrangements!


See also my pages French theorbo music / Archlute music / 10-course lute music / Chitarrone music / Chitarrino music.
There are also some other arrangements, intabulations, etc. in my Contributions page.

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