Saturday Concerts

From Dowland to Weiss: The splendour of the lute

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“The lute is, without doubt, the king of the instruments; […] when all of nature is in silence, it drives away horror and unrest with delightful sounds.” These words from a seventeenth-century English treatise confirm the success of the lute in Renaissance and Baroque Europe. Originating in the Arabian Peninsula, this instrument with its characteristic oval and curved body soon became the favourite of the bourgeoisie. This series of three concerts features some of the landmarks of its repertory composed in Elizabethan England, seventeenth-century France and the German Baroque.

Concerts in this series