A lute-and-voice duo
specializing in the rich
repertoire of Renaissance
and early Baroque song
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Let well-tuned words amaze
With harmony divine.
THOMAS CAMPION
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    In Baldassare Castiglione’s famous Book of the Courtier (1528)—that much-read guide to being the
    ideal Renaissance man or woman—a discussion about the best kind of music prompts one of the
    speakers to declare that singing lyrics to the lute “is more pleasant than the rest, for it addeth to the
    words such a grace and strength, that it is a great wonder” (English translation, 1561).

    Throughout the Renaissance, songs with lute accompaniment enjoyed immense popularity, and after
    the publication of John Dowland’s extraordinary First Book of Songs or Ayres in 1597, composers
    in England were quick to follow Dowland’s example. Even the prominent composer Thomas Morley, who
    confessed to being no lute player and could offer many other varieties of music to the public, brought
    out a collection of exquisite lute songs in 1600.

    Through live performance and video, we hope to bring our passion for lute songs to listeners coming
    to this repertoire for the first time as well as those who know and love it as we do.
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