Welcome to RipMeister Publications. Our mission is to add to the repertory for viola da gamba by offering music that we, as performers, have wanted to see published. This includes new music for viol; period music never before published, out of print or hard to find; adaptations in the spirit of period performance practice; vocal works with viol or suitable for viol consort; and some things just for fun! As musicians, we appreciate and strive to present clear, readable, performance editions with background information. We hope you enjoy them.
— Daniel Rippe, Editor
The Vocal Viol - CD - - Listen Now!
Music for Viola da Gamba and Viol Consort Transcribed from Early Vocal Repertoire, $15
RipMeister Publications is proud to present our first full-length CD recording by Daniel Rippe featuring early vocal repertoire (from Bingen to Bach, and beyond) transcribed and arranged for viola da gamba solo, duo, and viol consorts up to five parts. View a Complete Track List or listen to Sample Tracks. Much of the music is performed from printed editions found below and in our Full Catalog.
We've added several more audio samples for our printed music. Wherever you see a blue Play Button you may click to hear an excerpt of the music in that edition. As we continue to "tune up" this feature, we'll add even more.
Our Newest Editions
NEW J. S. Bach - for Viol Consort
Seven of Bach's beloved organ Chorale Preludes in settings for a consort of four viols (treble, tenor, bass, bass OR treble, tenor, tenor, bass). Includes compositions from the Orgelbüchlein, and Neumeister Compilation: O Sacred Head, Jesu Meine Freude, Puer Natus In Bethlehem, Vater Unser, Der Tag, Wir Danken, and Erscheinen. Score with preface, twenty-four pages; set of four performance parts, eight pages each; plus two performance parts with alternate clefs for flexible instrumentation, eight pages each. For upper intermediate players and above. RIP-15, $39
NEW John Danyel - Grief Keep Within, for Voice, Lute, and Bass Viol
This is the first urtext modern edition of Danyel's three-movement song of lament to include the lute and viol parts (not transcribed for piano as in other older editions). For high or low voice (range: c4-f5 or c3-f4), seven-course lute in G, and bass viol. Three performance scores: voice (with preface and texts), eleven pages; lute score with vocal line, seven pages; bass viol score with vocal line and lute cues, seven pages. For intermediate musicians and above. RIP-13, $16
Create In Me - Consort Setting for Four Viols, by Daniel Rippe
A contemporary setting of the circa-1704 Psalm-texted hymn attributed to German theologian Johann Freylinghausen. In E-flat for four viols (treble-1, treble-2 or tenor, tenor or bass, and bass). Score, three pages; and performance parts with alternate clefs for the treble-2 and tenor parts, each two pages. For lower to intermediate players and above. RIP-14. $15
Third Edition of Tune Settings for Solo Bass Viol (unaccompanied) by Daniel Rippe
Now with FIVE pieces, including newly composed settings of the 18th-century Welsh lullaby Suo Gân ; Questa dolce sirena, by Giovanni Gastoldi (c.1554 - 1609); O Darkest Woe, a 17th-century German tenebrae hymn; The Third Tune for Archbishop Parker's Psalter, by Thomas Tallis (c.1505 - 1585), entirely plucked & strummed; and Farewell dear love - Robert Jones (fl.1597 - 1615), plucked & bowed. Performance score, preface, lyrics, and translation, sixteen pages. Original settings appropriate for beginning to lower intermediate players; new settings for intermediate players and above. RIP-1, $18
Christopher Simpson - Collected Divisions for Two Bass Viols
Never before published in a modern urtext edition with optional keyboard (organ) realizations. Includes the divisions in C Major, A Minor, and two sets in F Major. For two bass viols, basso continuo optional. Score with preface and realizations, twenty-five pages; two performance scores, eleven pages each; additional optional basso continuo score, eleven pages. For intermediate players and above. RIP-12, $34
Thomas Baltzar - Divisions for Bass Viol
Edited by Ann Marie Morgan and Daniel Rippe, this is the world premier urtext edition of Baltzar's only known works for bass viol. Beautiful and virtuosic Divisions in G major (the ground later used by Marin Marais). Rough, quirky Divisions in D minor. Score/b.c., preface, critical commentary and essay "Upon Common Ground," twenty-three pages; plus two performance parts for bass viol, each four pages. For advanced players. RIP-7, $20