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The Art of the Lute

"The first time I picked up a lute was at a local music store," says Ronn McFarlane. "I'd been studying guitar, and I'd already learned a lot about the lute, so I was surprised to discover how awkward it was to hold and how disappointing and difficult it was to try to play. Very frustrating, like a foreign thing. "But I wasn't dissuaded. I found a way to buy one and worked with it and gradually it became comfortable, comfortable to the point where it became like an extension of my body. And that's the ideal with any instrument." "At the time I switched to lute, my guitar repertory was loading up more and more with Renaissance pieces, which I loved. Also, there was something about the lute itself that had a magnetic pull. It seemed to be a natural instrument for me."


January 1, 2003


  1. Lute Partita in E Major, BWV 1006a: I. Preludio
  2. Ciaconna
  3. Prelude in C Minor, BWV 999
  4. Fugue in G Minor, BWV 1000
  5. Passemeze
  6. Ein welscher tantz Wascha mesa
  7. Der Hupff auff
  8. Branles de village
  9. Forlorn Hope Fancy
  10. Greensleeves
  11. Greensleeves Divisions (attrib. to J. Dowland)
  12. In ane inch I warrant
  13. Untitled
  14. Maggae Hamfor
  15. Katherines Bairdie
  16. When she came in, she bobbed
  17. Simon brodie
  18. Captain Digorie Piper's Galliard
  19. Lady Hunsdon's Puffe
  20. Lachrimae
  21. Mrs. White's Nothing, P. 56
  22. A Scots Tune
  23. Corne Yards
  24. Gypsies Lilt
  25. The canaries
  26. Canaries
  27. Pavane
  28. Branle gay
  29. Saltarello
  30. Piva
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