Alonso Mudarra

Fantasía 03, de pasos para desenvolver las manos


Tres libros de música en cifra (1546), fol. I/3


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Source title Fantasia de pasos pa dese[n]boluer las manos.
Title in contents   Otra para desemboluer las manos
Text incipit


Category abstract

Genre fantasia

Fantasia type Id

Mode 5

Voices 4

Length (compases) 53


Tuning G

Courses 6

Final IV/0

Highest I/10

Lowest VI/0

Difficulty not specified

Tempo medium

Song Text


Vocal notation


Another of the fantasias at the beginning of the Tres Libros that serve a partially didactic function of incorporating passages using “redobles”. The passages are marked in the tablature with “dedi” and “dosde” to indicate whether they should be played with alternating fingers or with the finger tip used as a plectru,m (dedillo). Mudarra indicates a medium tempo (C).

The work begins and ends with imitation, and has a long middle section which is based on redobles, from which a number of rhythmically similar ascending and descending scalic motives are found. The work is almost perfectly symmetrical looked at as a whole. The redoble patterns parallel each other in terms of range, tessitura, and length. The mid-section breaks up into cadentially defined phrases. The redoble themes/motives are not catalogued but their similarities can easily be traced.