Lute Day

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Date(s) - 02/11/2019
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Artworks Chemical Bank Lower Gallery

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Here Ye, Here Ye: Lute Day at Artworks! Do you play the lute, mandolino, theorbo, vuellia, or viola de gamba? If so, bring it to Artworks on February 11 and join us at 9:00 am for an exchange of ideas, techniques and tablature scores from the Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque. We will rehearse during the afternoon to perform ensemble or solo pieces. Others without instruments and an interest in “ancient” music are welcome anytime. Everyone with an ear for live music is invited to the performance at 5:00 pm.

The lute is a pear-shaped wooden musical instrument brought to Europe by generations of invaders and crusaders, and was the principal musical instrument in use between 1100 and 1700. Hand-written notebooks and manuscripts in various forms of tablature — music writing that predates printed music and once the prized possessions of wealthy families and professional musicians — are now available to anyone with a computer. Lutes with elaborate carvings, exotic wood, and as many as 23 strings were developed to perform music of the time. Martin Luther, Galileo, Louis XIV, Henry the 8th, and “commoners” like us played lutes in “jam sessions” back in the day — just like we will at Artworks on Lute Day!