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
Audio Samples Are Here!
Now you can hear how the music in our editions sounds! Wherever you see this symbol [ ] you may click and listen to audio excerpts of music from our catalog. As we "tune up" this feature, we'll be adding more and more sound excerpts. This idea began as part of a recording project: a CD entitled The Vocal Viol. The upcoming CD will feature vocal repertoire performed on viols (from solo up to six-part consorts) and will include bass viol duos found in our edition of the same name, RIP-10 The Vocal Viol. Find it on our Catalog page.
Our Newest Editions
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, $36
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; two performance parts for bass viol, each four pages. For advanced players. RIP-7, $18
Christopher Simpson - Divisions in A Minor for Two Bass Viols
Includes an optional continuo keyboard realization. Urtext modern notation from the original manuscript, for two bass viols, basso continuo optional. Score with preface and keyboard (organ) realization, seven pages; two performance scores, each two pages; basso continuo score, two pages. For intermediate players and above. RIP-11, $12. This set of divisions is also in RIP-12, our collection of four sets of Simpson's divisions for two bass viols.
Vivaldi for Viol Consort!
Antonio Vivaldi's exuberant and lush Concerto for Strings & Cembalo, RV 109, arranged in B-flat for four viols (two trebles, tenor, bass) and optional basso continuo. For intermediate players and above. Score with preface, twelve pages; four performance parts for the consort members, each four pages; two b.c. parts (one with original figures) each four pages. RIP-9, $16. Also available for two bass viols and keyboard (see our catalog).
The Vocal Viol
Duos for bass viols from Baroque vocal repertoire. Purcell's Music for a While, Bannister's Dry Those Eyes [ ], Handel's Softly Sweet in Lydian Measures, Caccini's Odi, Euterpe [ ], Merula's Folle è Ben [ ]. Transcribed & arranged for two bass viols. Two performance scores: one with preface, text/translations, seventeen pages; additional score thirteen pages. For intermediate players and above. RIP-10, $16