The purpose of this document is to provide a performance edition of the six soloromances of Luys Milan and Luys de Narvaez. The document begins with briefhistorical information on the solo romances as a genre and includes a discussion ofperformance considerations for the modern performer, addressing the topics ofornamentation and instrumentation. The document also explores issues of diction as theyrelate to sixteenth century Peninsular Spanish. The edition that comprises chapter four ofthe document is taken from the tablature found in Milan’s Libro de musica de vihuela demano El maestro and Narvaez’s Los seys libros del Delph’n de musica de cifra parata-er vihuela and is presented in modern notation with updated barring, tempo anddynamic markings, and a translation and IPA transliteration of the text for the romances.A key feature of the edition is an ornamented vocal line added to each romance foroptional use by the performer.
David Allen Gresham