From Dowland to Weiss: The splendour of the lute (I): English origins
Hopkinson Smith, lute
Works by A. Holborne and J. Dowland
In England, the rise of lute music in the Elizabethan period coincided with the flourishing of a new artisan and bourgeois class settling in the cities. In this context, Anthony Holborne or John Dowland created an intimate repertoire linked to vocal music and almost always tinged with melancholy.
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