Luis Milan (c.1500 - c.1560)

Luis Milan El Meastro
Luis Milan El Meastro
Luis Milan published the earliest known Spanish collection of solo instrumental music and accompanied song. The book, Libro de música de vihuela de mano intitulado El maestro (1536), or El maestro for short, is also the first to contain tempo instructions.

In El maestro Milan set out to both spread his own music and educate younger vihuelists. It begins with some instruction on how to tune, telling the student to tune to the first course of strings to the highest possible pitch, then tune the other courses to it. There’s also instruction on reading the tablature, and a discussion on modes and how Milan defines what mode a given piece is in. Milan put the music in progressive order: the easier stuff is first, and later works are more difficult.

El meastro includes 40 Fantasias, dance music (such as the famous Pavanas), and accompanied song.

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Notable Concert Works by Milan

6 Pavanas – The sixth is in the video below.

Fantasia X

Fantasia XXII

Renaissance Vihuela Composers