The Art of Lute Playing with Transcriptions SCHUETT LAUDON
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This book will prove to be a treasure trove to any aspiring lutenist or afficionado of the lute and early music. Instead of attempting to create a comprehensive lute method, the first section covers topics that students often ignore, while the second offers a fresh repertoire of newly revised and edited original music for the intermediate or advanced player. On a broader scale, vocalists and students of any instrument would do well to take note of the book’s musical and interpretive concepts.The author not only offers his own insights to technique and performance, but also provides a glossary of period musical vocabulary and includes comments on general musicianship from authentic Renaissance and Baroque resources. These include John and Robert Dowland, Jean-Baptiste Besard, Nicolas Vallet, Thomas Mace, and other historic lutenists and theorists. If early music specialist Laudon Schuett had been born during the Renaissance, he would have been the court lutenist and possibly the jester in some kingdom or principality.Written in French tablature for the 6-course Renaissance lute and in standard notation for the classic guitar with the 3rd string lowered to F#, the author provides 30 original compositions in the contrapuntal polyphonic style characteristic of the 16th and early 17th centuries.