Indian Summer of the Lute

Indian Summer of the Lute

performed by Ireen Thomas (Ireen Thomas, 2010), 1 hour

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Classical Music
The album "Indian Summer of the Lute" presents the fairly unknown repertory for baroque lute from the time of the sons of J.S. Bach and of the young Mozart. These compositions in a pre-classical style bring out a surprisingly expressive aspect of the lute.

Johann Friedrich Daube, Rudolf Straube and Ferdinand Seidel composed their music in a period during which the expression of individual feelings was paramount. Whereas before, the religious and worldly majesty were the major source of inspiration for composers, in this period the individual stood at the center. Because the melody was considered to be the carrier of feelings, composers thought of polyphony as an unnecessary distraction. As a consequence of this swing in musical language new instruments, such as the Forte-piano, were developed and concert life shifted from the courts increasingly to places open for the public. Because of these changes the lute lost its function and came to be thought of as old-fashioned.

In spite of these developments German composers kept writing for the lute until as late as the 1790s. Typical for this Indian Summer of the lute is the respectable number of solo sonatas written for it. Also in chamber music the lute played an important role in the works of composers such as J. Krebs, J.B. Hagen, Toeschi and G. Haydn. Though declining in most European countries, in the German speaking ones the lute was given a new language. In a word the lute had to become 'outspoken' and through this transformation it experienced a beautiful Indian Summer.

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1 hour
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Ireen Thomas
Ireen Thomas
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Classical Music, Music & Performing Arts

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