Venegas de Henestrosa, Luis

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Person Born Died Gender Person ID
Luis Venegas de Henestrosa M P0131

Instrument(s) Professional group Social status Social sphere Why is the person listed?
vihuela keyboard tecla Musician Professional Church Author Instrumentalist (keyboard & harp)

Years active Place active Century Region
1557 Alcalá/de/Henares 16cent/2/mid Castilla
Biographical information

Keyboard player and inventor of a tablature notation that he hoped would become universally adopted for all polyphonic instruments, “tecla, harpa y vihuela” as he specifies in the title of his 1557 Libro de cifra nueva. The book includes arrangements of vihuela music by Narváez, Mudarra, and Valderrábano often with some modifications. Sometimes this refashioning of works is quite extreme. Although he includes this music largely as a way of showing keyboard players how to access and arrange music in lute tablature, it is more than likely that he also knew how to play the vihuela himself. His remarks are quite detailed and show the insights of someone who must have been very familiar with the instrument.

Se supone que este autor supiera tocar la vihuela. angles1944

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Source documents
Date Document
1557 Luis Venegas de Henestrosa, Libro de Cifra Nueva para Tecla, Harpa, y Vihuela.

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angles1944 Anglés, Higinio. La música en la corte de Carlos V con la transcripción del “Libro de cifra nueva para tecla, harpa y vihuela” (Alcalá de Henares, 1557) compilado por Luys Venegas de Henestrosa. 2 vols. Monumentos de la Música Española II, III. Barcelona: CSIC, 1944; rpt 1965.
ward1952-1 Ward, John. “The Editorial Methods of Venegas de Henestrosa”. Musica Disciplina 6 (1952): 105-13.
ward1953 Ward, John M. “The ‘Vihuela de mano’ and its Music, 1536-1576”. Diss., New York University, 1953.
griffiths2007-1 Griffiths, John. “Venegas, Cabezón y las obras ‘para tecla, harpa y vihuela’”. Cinco siglos de música de tecla española —Five Centuries of Spanish Keyboard Music. Ed. Luisa Morales. Garrucha (Almería): Asociación Cultural Leal, 2007. 153-168.
venegasMGG Griffiths, John. “Venegas de Henestros, Luis”. Die Musik in Geschichte und Gegenwart. 2nd edition, ed L. Finscher. Personenteil, 16. Kassel: Bärenreiter, 1994-.