Canal March

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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