I used to play the classical guitar, then moved on to the lute and gave up the guitar. That was, er, eons ago.
I play the lute,orpharion, vihuela, Renaissance guitar, and occasionally the theorbo and stick to Renaissance or early 17th century music. The feel of such instruments is a source of sheer pleasure.
The Scottish repertoire is very refreshing, and Spanish music for the vihuela is supremely elegant (especially Luys Milan's) but the lute repertoire is a bottomless pit with so much to choose from. Proportion, harmony and form are not exactly thick on the ground nowadays, so performing Renaissance music is a bliss.
We play in an early music group called 'Falaise Consort' (a pun on the town where the group started and the name of music publisher Phalèse) We have shawms, dulcians, lutes, renaissance recorders, percussions - our repertory includes music from the Middle Ages to the 17th century.
Great thing the lute is back on the musical scene. When people hear it for the first time, they often come under its spell.
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maybe it is the wrong forum, but I found your name in the members-list. I have got your arrangement Katherine O´More, which I like very much! Did you publish more arrangements of Turlough O Carolan or other Irish/Celtic music? I would be very interested in that, even in buying it.
Comme tu peux le voir je ne vais pas tous les jours sur ce forum... Ta demande remontait, si j'ai bien compris, à Janvier dernier...!!!
A partir de Janvier prochain, j'aurai beaucoup plus de temps pour fureter sur le net, et pour plein d'autres choses, musicales en particulier !
Hi Jaques. Nice to hear from you. As I mentioned before, 'port' is Gaelic for tune or air. I think the five in Straloch are the earliest. I recorded them all on a CD called Flowers of the Forest. Robert Gordon of Straloch was a cartographer, and travelled widely as a consequence, and his manuscript contains more varied music than the others. It seems he came into contact with Gaelic culture and recorded some of it. Many clarsach (wire-strung harp) players see this as their repertoire.