"Books on the history of the guitar are not in short supply but this one is one of the very best. ... Tyler's contribution is excellent...The Guitar and Its Music
will open the eyes of those who think that the instrument is fit only for rock stars, born-again evangelists-and the occasional Prime Minister."--Times Literary Supplement
"Will appeal to a wide range of readers, from historians with little interest in the guitar for its own sake, to performers with little interest in history for its own sake."--Notes
"This informative book, with contributions from two of the most notable scholars in the field of early plucked instruments, fills in a far more complete historical account of the guitar than James Tyler's already impressive 1976 OUP volume, A Handbook of the Early Guitar.
Much new research figures in the detailed accounts of the guitar covering the sixteenth, seventeenth, and eighteenth centuries."--The Lute Society of America Quarterly
"Not only does [The Guitar and Its Music
] offer a detailed guide to the sources, it integrates recent work from the fields of organology and iconography, archival and patronage studies, performance practice, and the analogous area of lute music, resulting in a coverage that is impressively inclusive in the best sense of the word. ...with its detailed discussions of the sources, clear explanations of performance issues, and the extension of the coverage into the eighteenth century, all formed upon a solid musicological base, this book will surely be a cornerstone of future research and performance of early guitar repertories. ...an important and essential study."--Renaissance Quarterly
About the Author
Paul Sparks, a perfomer and musicologist specializing in plucked string instruments, was awarded a doctorate at City University, London, for his thesis on the 18th-century Neapolitan mandolin. As a mandolin player and guitarist he has worked with most leading British orchestras, and in his numerous recitals (including several for BBC Radio 3) he has endeavoured to rehabilitate forgotten items from the 18th-century repertoire. He is the co-author (with James Tyler) of The Early Mandolin (OUP 1989), author of The Classical Mandolin (OUP 1995), and a contributor to The Classical Guitar: A Complete History (Balafon 1997) and to the revised edition of the New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians (Macmillan 2000).