The lute was the most beloved solo instrument of the Renaissance, but lutenists often doubled the pleasure by performing as duos. A large repertoire of exciting lute duets survives from throughout Europe, but the pinnacle of this art was achieved in Italy and England. The leading performers of the time cultivated a style of duets in which the two players challenged each other by trading passages back and forth with increasingly dazzling feats of virtuosity.
The Early Interval celebrates the 400th anniversary of composer Barbara Strozzi’s birth with a program of music by women composers of the Baroque period. In addition to lyrical Italian pieces for soprano by Strozzi, the concert includes vocal and instrumental chamber music by French composer Elisabeth-Claude Jacquet de la Guerre. For this program, The Early Interval features the sounds of recorder, violin, theorbo, and viola da gamba, and will be joined by guest harpsichordist Alexandra Snyder Dunbar.
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