Preece Music

Classical and folk arrangements by Thomas Preece

Selections from Thoinot Arbeau's Orchésographie

arranged for ukulele

Book cover: Selections from Thoinot Arbeau's Orchésographie

Orchésographie, one of the most significant sources on sixteenth-century French social dance, is a rich collection of enjoyable melodies. This book contains twenty-one tunes, all transcribed into modern notation and arranged for ukulele solos and ensembles.

The solo arrangements are mostly suited for both re-entrant (high G) and linear (low G) tunings, and the ensemble arrangements are for re-entrant soprano ukulele, low-G tenor ukulele, baritone ukulele and classical guitar. They include adaptations of harmony arrangements by Peter Warlock and Charles Wood. All of the music is kept simple, to be accessible to as many players as possible.

A complete set of Orchésographie arrangements for ocarina is also available.


I’ve made videos of several of my Orchésographie arrangements on various instruments, which you can enjoy below. Subscribe to my YouTube channel or my PeerTube channel to see new videos as they get released.

Arrangements In This Book

  • Pavane (solo and ensemble)
  • Basse-Dance: Jouyssance Vous Donneray (solo and ensemble)
  • Tordion (solo and ensemble)
  • Galliards
  • Branles
  • Branle de Poictou – Pieds-en-l’air
  • Branles d’Ecosse
  • Canaries
  • Branle de l’Official – Ding Dong! Merrily on High
  • Les Bouffons (solo and ensemble)

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