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Rare Spanish books in
Glasgow University Library
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folio 56v: Tomas de Santa Maria Libro llamado arte de
taņir fantasia (F.x.35)
Tomas de Santa Maria Libro llamado arte de
Valladolid: Francisco Fernandez de Cordova, 1565
Santa Maria was a Dominican monk and an
accomplished organist and composer. He spent sixteen years
perfecting his Arte de taņir fantasia; it was
finished in 1557, but due to a shortage of paper at that
time was not printed until 1565. The work is an introduction to
the art of playing fantasies on keyboard instruments, on the
vihuela (the precursor of the Spanish guitar) and on every
instrument on which it is possible to play in three or four parts
or more; it is divided into two parts, the first dealing with the
technique of playing, the second with composition.
His own skill as a composer is shown in the
second part where the short pieces used as examples are all that
remain to us of his own work.