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October 27, 2010

Is lute best heard live or on recordings?

In many ways, lute and the more intimate repertory for voice and lute is ideally suited to be heard in the controlled quiet and privacy of home, rather than the concert hall.  Recordings allow the detail to be heard in sharper relief; subtleties of tone and dynamics that are nearly inaudible in a concert setting […]

May 8, 2020

Saturday morning quotes 7.42: Dowland Lute songs

Last week’s Unquiet Thoughts closed with a promise of more on the theme of lute songs, and today we can finally announce the news that, after years of concentrated work, our new edition, John Dowland: Complete Ayres for Voice & Lute is now available.  The music has been carefully transcribed, edited for accuracy, formatted for […]

March 26, 2016

Saturday morning quotes 5.45: Recording 2016

It’s been quite a while since we posted a short essay on recording the lute; in fact it was nearly six years ago, right around the time we initiated our series of weekly Saturday quotations.  The post was not part of our regular Saturday series and readers continue to stumble across the essay as a […]

May 30, 2015

Saturday morning quotes 5.2: Bach on lute or guitar

Today’s post summarizes a few thoughts and reactions after spending two days auditing Nigel North’s masterclasses for guitarists interested in Bach’s music for lute.  Nigel has for many years expressed strong reservations as to whether Bach’s music works at all for the 18th-century baroque lute, given the constraints of its odd tuning of d-minor.  But […]

December 17, 2014

O virgo splendens – canon a 3 for voice, lute and harp

After a surprising number of comments and an abundance of kind words in response to our post for St. Lucy’s Day, we are moved to share a link to another piece we recorded live with an ensemble of solo voice, lute and harp.  The combination of instruments is frequently depicted in the hands of angels […]

March 14, 2014

Saturday morning quotes 3.44: Lute and clavichord

To be hardly heard is the lutenist’s lot in life.  Solo lute recitals always provide a unique opportunity for the artist who employs an historically-appropriate tone production to share rare repertory played on a sensitive and expressive instrument, only to be informed afterwards by members of the audience that the music seemed nice but was […]

January 18, 2014

Saturday morning quotes 3.36: Chant and lute

Mignarda’s IndieGoGo Campaign What we call Gregorian Chant is a rare and precious link to our remote past, but as the embodiment of Christian liturgical practice, is also a living, breathing form of worship still in use today.  An enormous body of work, chant both describes the outline and fills in the minute details of […]

August 31, 2013

Saturday morning quotes 3.16: Latin and lutes

The 20th century revival of the lute and its music traversed a curious trajectory, the pilgrim’s path appealing to an odd assemblage of historians, musical misfits and masochists who would perform old music in public on the blasted thing.  Lutenist-performers from the early days of the revival fell into one of two categories:  1) those […]

October 6, 2012

Saturday morning quotes 2.20: Harping on the lute

This is not a promise of our last and final word on the subject, but we return to scribble just a bit more on the theme of instrumental participation in medieval secular music before shifting our attention back to the music of John Dowland next week. Why do we continue to flog this theme? The […]

November 2, 2010

A pleasing balance between voice and lute

“A singer should…strive to moderate his tone and blend it with the other singers’ so that no voice is heard above the others.  Such pushed singing produces more noise than harmony.  For harmony results only when many things are tempered so that no one exceeds the other.” [Gioseffo Zarlino, Institutioni harmoniche, 1558] Quite a bit […]