Nicolas Vallet

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Nicolas Vallet (also Valet;[1] c. 1583 – c. 1642) was a Dutch lutenist and composer of French birth.

Vallet, a Huguenot, was born at Corbeny, Aisne, but fled from France to the Netherlands for religious reasons. In Amsterdam he worked as a self-supporting musician, lute-teacher, and as the owner of a dance school.

His primary work, Le Secret des Muses, contains compositions and instruction for the 10-course Renaissance lute. It appeared, in two parts, in 1615 and 1616. It was among the last compositions to appear for this instrument, before it was supplanted by the Baroque lute.

He also wrote a Psalms of David (in 1615) and Regia Pietas (in 1622).

According to Frederick Neumann,[2] Vallet may have been among the first to introduce ornaments into lute tablature.


  1. ^ Randall H. Tollefsen & Louis Peter Grijp. "Vallet, Nicolas". In Deane L. Root (ed.). Grove Music Online. Oxford Music Online. Oxford University Press. (subscription required)
  2. ^ Neumann, Frederick (1983). Ornamentation in baroque and post baroque music: With Special Emphasis on J. S. Bach at Google Books. Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press. p. 66. ISBN 0-691-02707-2.
  • Bailes, Anne (1984). Nicolas Vallet (1583-1642): Pieces for 4 Lutes. Lübeck; Münich: Tree Edition. OCLC 11938111.
  • Vallet, Nicolas; Souris, A.; Rollin, M. (1970). Le Secret des Muses. Paris: Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique. OCLC 255665595.
  • O'Dette, Paul (2003). Booklet to CD of Secret des Muses. Harmonia Mundi France.