Joan Ambrosio Dalza – 10 Pieces




Dalza was an Italian lute composer from Venice. Quite little is known about him but he’s composed some very famous lute pieces. If you’re unfamiliar with Dalza, be sure to listen to a piece called “Pavana all Venetiana” as an introduction (arrangement included in the book).

Dalza has a more distinctive style with less widespread appeal than Dowland but he has a following of hardcore fans. I like Dalza a lot. The music ranges from beginner to intermediate with some challenging pieces, again, similar to Dowland and Sor. I recommend this book after trying the Dowland or the Sor (or both) to jazz things up.