Richard Allison (c1650 - c1614)

A musician who has left a small number of lute solos among a wider range of instrumental and vocal music. His most popular lute solo seems to have been the Sharp Pavan (possibly inspired as response to Johnson’s Flat pavan) which exists in a number of versions. As with many pieces from manuscript sources it is unclear which of these is by Allison himself. What little we know of his life, or can surmise, is summarised by the late Robert Spencer in his preface to the UK Lute Society’s 1995 edition of the dozen pieces attributed to him (Robinson and McCoy, 1995).

Almaine [PDF] [MIDI] [XML] Grade 03
From Dd.2.11 f.75r

De La Tromba Pavan [PDF] [MIDI] [XML] Grade 07
This pavan is found among Allison’s consort works, but also in versions for lute, lute duet and bandora. This is perhaps a measure of its popularity, though it is not known whether these latter versions are Allison’s work. This version is taken from the version for bandora found at Dd.2.11 f.82v.

Quadro Pavan [PDF] [MIDI] [XML] Grade 07
From Dd.4.22 ff.4v - 5v

Sharp Pavan [PDF] [MIDI] [XML] Grade 07
Based on the version found in the
Hirsch Lute Book ff.4v - 5r.

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