Music for viola da gamba, viols, keyboard and voice... in early music performance editions.

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

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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 excerpts. Our upcoming CD entitled The Vocal Viol features vocal repertoire performed on viols (from solo up to six-part consorts) and includes bass viol duos found in our edition of the same name, RIP-10 The Vocal Viol. Find it on our Catalog page where some audio excerpts are already available.

Our Newest Editions

We've recently added the two new editions shown above and updated an old favorite. These are described below and on our Catalog page. On our Editions page you'll now find enlargeable photos of our printed editions and you can download PDF examples of the printed music, tablature, and text.

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 inlcude 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

NEW 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

NEW 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, $20

Christopher Simpson - Collected Divisions for Two Bass Viols

Now available. 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, $18

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