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The Renaissance Lute

When first conceiving this recording, I imagined myself as a first time listener to the lute. I have tried to bring together a collection of pieces that capture some of the variety and range of styles of the Renaissance lute. The lute was the favorite solo instrument of the Renaissance, valued for its portability and its expressiveness. The lute's shadings of dynamics and tone color were literally at the tip of one's fingers I hope that these varying colors and textures of sound will help communicate the spirit and character of these pieces more clearly, as well as keeping the ear refreshed. For any variety of sounds will be meaningless unless tied to the emotional or structural content of the music -Ronn McFarlane


January 1, 1994


  1. Branle
  2. The Early Chanson Anthologies: Bransle gay, C'est mon amy
  3. Haulberroys
  4. Branle de Poictou
  5. Petite fantasie dessus l'accord du Leut
  6. Passemeze
  7. Pavana and Galiarda in F Major, No. 1, " Bray": Pavana
  8. Galiarda
  9. Forlorn Hope, P. 2
  10. Greensleeves (Ballet Lute)
  11. Greensleeves (Thysius Lute Book)
  12. Greensleeves Divisions (attrib. to J. Dowland)
  13. Cozens Lute Book: John Come Kiss Me Now
  14. Madonna katerina
  15. Christ ist erstanden (Christ is risen)
  16. Und wer er nit erstanden (And who is not risen)
  17. Der hoff dantz
  18. Der hoff dantz (Nach tanz)
  19. Der ander Theil des Lautenbuchs: Preambel
  20. Der ander Theil des Lautenbuchs: Elslein liebstes Elslein mein (Dearest Elslein my Elslein)
  21. Ich klag den tag (I lament the day)
  22. Ein welscher tantz Wascha mesa
  23. Der hupff auff
  24. El maestro: Fantasia
  25. Los Seys libros del Delphin: Conde Claros
  26. Mille regretz (arr. for vihuela)
  27. Passacaglia
  28. Branles de village
  29. Fantasia No. 1
  30. Pavana alla ferrarase
  31. Pavana alla ferrarase (version for lute): Saltarello
  32. Piva
  33. Intavolatura de viola o vero lauto … libro primo: Ricercar No. 51
  34. Intavolatura de viola o vero lauto … libro primo: Ricercar No. 16
  35. Ricercar No. 33
  36. Intavolatura de viola o vero lauto … libro primo: Ricercar No. 34
  37. O Bone Jesu
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