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Alman

(Robert Johnson)

This Alman -a german dance, also indicated by Allemande- for solo lute was composed by Robert Johnson (1583 - 1683) one of the major composers of the Elizabethan period in sixteenth century England.

It is a joyful piece that shows a sharp contrast with the sometimes miserable circumstances of those days. Being an artist under noble protection, you could not flee from this, because it was often a custom that you even followed your patron in battle. That was the reason why some musicians sometimes got the worst of it on the battlefield.

It is a dance in quadruple time that has two main themes. Every theme is varied once. Specifically the interplay between the voices in the second theme is interesting. I made an arrangement for guitar duo which offers pleasant interplay.